Michael's Dispatches

The Fallen

24 February 2009
We may have a lot of problems at home -- and we do -- but our brothers and sisters are out there for us tonight.  We lost eight just today.  Four soldiers were killed in Iraq, and four in Afghanistan.

Please keep their families in your hearts and prayers, and please remember that many others are still there in the war.  With all of our economic troubles, it's easy to focus inward and forget about our people in uniform.  If you only knew how much the people in uniform enjoy a simple postcard, you'd probably stop on your way home today and pick one up and address it to "Any Soldier" in Iraq, or "Any Soldier" in Afghanistan.  

Please remember...

Four fallen in Northern Iraq.

Four fallen in Southern Afghanistan.



# Paul S. 2009-02-24 22:46
So much goes unnoticed. No wonder Vietnam era vets referred to back home as The World. Thanks to Long War for this today: "Japan will pay Afghan National Police salaries for the next half year. New Zealand extended its deployment of 140 soldiers by one year."
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# Douglas C. Rap?? 2009-02-25 13:50
I would have been happier had the President said: "The United States will punish those individuals who torture people and we will end all abiguity on what constitutes torture. Those concepts were blurred over the previous years and opened the door to abuses that resulted in isolated but inappropriate treatment of people in our control. The rules will be clear and punshment for transgressions severe.
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# Peter Flynn 2009-02-25 14:42
I think the US needs to abstain from the physical abuse of prisoners. I realize that the reality of close action on the battlefield makes this a challenge.
However, once removed from the "heat of the moment" there are actually much more efffective methods than physical torture to get information from prisoners. Physical torture is for people either dumber than the prisoners, or sadists. Neither should have prisoners in their custody.
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# darkdonnie 2009-02-25 14:58
No torture, Ok then summary execution for taking up arm against us is fine with me. Don't take prisoners then there won't be any torture, and think how much we would save in upkeep (transportation , prison, food, bed, lawyers), just a hole to dig. And as a bonus shorter wars!

Question: Nuclear bombs hidden in Washington, New York and Los Angelus. Prisoner withholds information on where and when. What do you do? Me: Move to Texas after I dig a hole! (If I am in Washington, New York and Los Angelus I donƒ??t bother with the hole)
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# Toxicseagull 2009-02-26 00:33
looks to be british casualties according to the BBC
> http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7910885.stm
Devon/Dorset light inf and the Berkshire/Glouc estershire's
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# Richard Goodwin 2009-02-27 12:44
I think our president still fall short in not reforming the VA health care system in this country. Our soldiers deserve the best we can offer no matter where the vet lives not just in DC.
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# RAB 2009-02-28 19:04
Something is wrong with a country who condones 49,630,912 abortions (murder) of innocent babies and opposes the torture of terrorists, who want to control and conquer the world.
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# toes 2009-03-01 03:48
And those "actually much more efffective methods than physical torture to get information from prisoners" would be ?
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# Dennis Sheffield 2009-03-02 22:11
You said you were glad there will be no more torture last week then alluded that US soilders are guilty of "wholesale torture" today. Either continue to give the Huffington Post and the America Haters more fodder or supply us with examples and proof of your first hand knowledge!
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