Saturday, July 4, 2009

Haqqani Network in Astan

Launched a complex assault on a combat outpost. Fortunately it was foiled but the U.S. lost two soldiers. This was a well planned assault with prep fires then the use of a VBIED to breach the gate with a follow on assault team in place. The breaching vehicle was stopped and it looks like the assault team was killed.

There is also an update on the missing US soldier in the article.
Thanks to the Long War Journal

Packing the Ruck

This is what the Terrain in Helmand looks like
I hope everyone is having a great fourth and if it is hot where you are before you complain think about what these Marines are doing in Helmand this fourth of July.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Who was the poor sucker

That had to haul this M2HB up a dang Afghan mountain.

On July 4th 1776

Keep in mind that the men that signed this document if caught of if the British had one the war would have been killed for Treason and Sedetion. Several of the men ended up destitute after the war while some went on to great thing. Remember the set of stones and the risk it took to not only write but to sign this document.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
hen in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
John Hancock
New Hampshire:Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
Massachusetts:John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut:Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New York:William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey:Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Pennsylvania:Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware:Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Maryland:Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
North Carolina:William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina:Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Georgia:Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Very good points about Astan

The guest speaker hits the nail on the head Afghan men fight for the sheer joy of fighting. How or can a people be changed from their history? I do dispute without a bunch of money,time, and blood being spent the ease in changing the Afghans mind. Yes it can work but there is more than one account of non-Taliban affiliated Afghans joining ambushs because it would have shamed them not to.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

This is very sad

The soldier I mention being captured before has been sold to about the baddest of the bad. The unidentified senior military official told CNN the Soldier, whose name was not released, was captured along with three Afghan Soldiers and then sold to a militant group led by warlord Siraj Haqqani. Haqqani has very close ties to AQ and fought the Russians, Northern Alliance, and the Pakistani government. The U.S. has targeted him in the past with Predator strikes and a couple of special operations raids.

For those that do not know the treatment of our prisoners that have been taken I will line it out for you very clearly. Unless we have rescued them they have all been killed....

Pray for this young soldier and his family.

The Marines Launched an offensive in Afghanistan

In an effort to wrest control of Helmand province from the Taliban and establish governance in what is considered the wild west even in Afghanistan. The operation named Khanjar (Strike of the Sword) is a brigade sized operation. There have been Marine casualties in some pretty fierce fighting.

There was also a U.S. soldier captured in Afghanistan today. I am hoping that ends well but since the Talib and AQ do not believe in prison camps I am fearing the worst.

Over your holiday weekend please keep these young men and women in your thoughts.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Baitullah Mehsud

For those that have paid any attention to Af-Pak will know that this guy is behind a lot of the suffering in both countries. The Pakistanis have finally had enough of him and is pushing him. Last week the U.S. missed him by a couple of hours but got a bunch of his buddies. Now he is taking kids from their homes and then has them killed. He is not winning the insurgency when the people he has relied of for support start to turn on him. The Coalition in Afghanistan and Pakistan need to run this animal to the ground and give him what he deserves.

Marines leaving Anbar

For those that may or may not know I have a vested interest in the Marine Corps. Herschel Smith of at Captain's Journal has a good write up and critique of some recent articles on the Corps pulling out of Anbar and Fallujah.
Fallujah saw some of the heaviest urban fighting the Corps and the Army has seen since Vietnam.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Gotta BHO

So it takes him days to make a mild statement about Iran and then to be told to F-off. It only takes him a day to denouce, meddle, etc in a court ordered removal of a President. It was not like the military pulled this off on their own hook

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Pondering a new pistol

I am looking for a compact pistol thinking about the Taurus 9mm loaded right and if I do my part should do fine. In case anyone cares I shot 18/20 head shots this weekend with my pistol not too shabby considering I did not have my glasses.