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“For those who know,
no explanation is necessary.
For those who don’t,
no explanation is possible.”
Our “mission” in the Middle East conflicts is as vague as President Obama’s stand on … ANY issue. There seems to be no goal, no clearly defined objective, and without that, how can those actively involved (or we) know if progress is being made?
I’m sure I’m not the only one around here with military contacts, and this is the consensus of the opinions I hear. They signed up for this gig, and understand it may cost their lives. They just want their lives to count for something positive … just like the rest of us want our lives to count. It’s not asking too much!
Former Sen. Rick Santorum defended our involvement well in last night’s debate. As an underdog, Santorum (former popular Senator from PA) clearly outlined the objectives for our involvement including a brief history lesson going back to our support of the Shaw, and his concerns for the US relationship with Iran.
With the tragedy of the downed Chinook and the lives lost, and the lack of leadership from the oval office, troops, as well as those of us at home are unsure, confused, and fearful concerning the continued turmoil in the Middle East. The number of nations where unrest is evident grows daily, and though we make threats or talk tough, the violence continues to escalate, and it’s not limited any longer to the Middle East. In addition, Greece, Italy, and Britain are experiencing riots, and unrest.
“At Forward Operating Base Torkham, where troops are primarily involved in patrolling the Afghanistan-Pakistan border along the Khyber Pass, a half-dozen soldiers approached by a Stars and Stripes reporter Sunday afternoon had yet to hear of the attack.
“Those who knew about it expressed frustration, sadness and a determination to press on.
“We’re not trying to do anything except help this country get better, so you get kind of angry when our guys lose their lives,” said Sgt. Henry Murray of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.
“But we’re soldiers — we know the risks,” added Murray, 41, of Marrero, La. “You have to keep going out there and doing your job.”CONTINUE READING
What is DevGru??? United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group “SEAL Team SIX, is the U.S. Navy’s main counterterrorist unit, where operatives are drawn from the current SEAL ranks. The unit was created as part of the Joint Special Operations Command in 1980. The origin of SIX can be traced to the aftermath of the failed 1980 attempt to rescue American hostages at the Iranian Embassy (Operation Eagle Claw). Prior to this, the existing SEAL teams had already begun CT training, including all 12 platoons in SEAL Team One on the West Coast. On the East Coast, however, elements of the SEAL Team Two had taken the issue one step farther. They formed a dedicated two-platoon group known as “MOB Six” (Mobility Six) in anticipation of a maritime scenario requiring a CT response and had begun training to that end.” READ MORE
“For those few who make the cut, those who get to wear the Budweiser, the real challenges are yet to come. The challenge now is not to make the cut, it is not to grasp the intricacies of advanced training. The challenge is to go to places so utterly foreign, and fight foes so thoroughly implacable that to take the mission is to willingly part with all that you have, and all that you love, and place everything in the balance in a desperate gamble.
“You will be expensively and thoroughly trained, of course. You will have practiced until your motions seem involuntary. You will have in your company men who know, trust and love you in their own rough way. You will have certain knowledge of the justice of your cause, and the depravity of your enemy. But you will also know that fate plays its own games as you feel the beat of your own heart in your breast, knowing — as young men should never have to know — that when you’re on a mission, the next beat is not promised. Knowing that the fog of war is ineluctable, no matter your training, experience and skill.
“Knowing that things can and will go wrong.
“And you go anyway. Night after night, week after week, taunting fate.”READ MORE
“Though America’s adversaries will furiously spin the Taliban’s shooting down of a U.S. helicopter on Saturday that took the lives of dozens of elite troops, it’s unlikely to affect the strategy of special operations forces bearing an ever-increasing burden in the war on terror.
Despite heavy losses in helicopter crash, special ops likely to remain