The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

 By Jim Emerson, staff writer

The Good News

On March 22 during a speech at the National Military Academy President Hamid Karzai announced that seven areas of Afghanistan will soon be under full Afghan Security control  According to translation reported by the American Forces Press Service he said “We know that the people of Afghanistan do not want the defense of their country to be on others, and also those who have helped us during the last 10 years cannot afford any more sacrifices for our security and defense.”

He believes that Afghanistan should be run by Afghans.

For the first time in 40 years Afghans felt secure and confident to celebrate the Persian New Year “Nowruz.” in large public gatherings. Thanks to the Afghan National Security Forces the festival was held without incident. The celebration was an open display that the Afghans are starting to feel confident about their own security.

The Bad

Five soldiers from the 5th Stryker Brigade are being court-martialed for the senseless murder of five unarmed innocent civilians in the Kandahar province and drug use.  The self-titled “Kill Team” would create a phony combat incident to justify killing randomly chosen Afghans. The soldiers would take trophy photographs to show off their crime. (3)

The trials will be conducted at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State. One soldier already pled guilty in a pretrial agreement and was sentenced to 24 years. He will be called to testify against the other members of the “Kill Team”. 

An Army press release described this incident as “repugnant.”  and says it falls far short of the professionalism and core values of the military. It’s too bad that the few tend to get most of the attention.

Der Spiegel was the first to reveal the photographs despite a gag order from a military Judge.  The German liberal screed added to the already difficult situation in Germany after the killing of Air Force Airmen in Frankfurt by a Muslim terrorist. Even though it won’t be publicly admitted this has added to the ban against American service members from wearing their uniform off-base. (5)

Agenda driven ideologues will never admit that the U.S. Armed Forces does punish its own troops for war-crimes.  If the current administration has its way America wouldn’t be allowed to punish its enemy for similar actions.

The Ugly

Guess which one of these stories the American Media reported.

To contact your Congressional Representative use this link:

http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

To read more about these stories use these links:

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=63256

http://www.isaf.nato.int/article/isaf-releases/kandahar-celebrates-a-new-year.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/22/world/asia/22afghanistan.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/us-soldier-pleads-guilty-to-murders-of-3-afghan-civilians-faces-up-to-24-years-in-prison/2011/03/23/ABLpk4GB_story.html?hpid=z3

http://www.stripes.com/news/u-s-troops-in-europe-banned-from-wearing-uniforms-off-base-1.138690

This day in history April 2

Less than one month after being safely inaugurated for his second term, Democrat Woodrow Wilson who ran for re-election on a platform of having kept America out of World War I, asked Congress to declare war on Germany.

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