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Fellow soldier criticizes Obama’s recoverd POW for abandoning his unit

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For five years, soldiers have been forced to stay silent about the disappearance and search for Bergdahl. Now we can talk about what really happened. It was June 30, 2009, and I was in the city of Sharana, the capitol of Paktika province in Afghanistan. As I stepped out of a decrepit office building into a perfect sunny day, a ...

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Dr. Samori Swygert : Were Drugs Another Reason America Entered Afghanistan?


By Dr. Samori Swygert  I hate to be accusatory, but you must always ask questions to distill truth from situations.  I was reviewing some old articles I read from the The Economist magazine (a very reputable geopolitical news source).  July 14th, 2005, the Economist magazine published an article entitled; After Victory, defeat- Nature takes a malign hand. This is the link: ...

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Obama’s Inaugural Address Wasn’t Divisive, But It Did Signal That He’s Giving Up on Right Wing Voters

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President Obama was elected on the promise that he would usher in a new era of unity in government. The young upstart politician seems to have believed that he could extend an olive branch to Republicans and, eventually, both political parties would work together to make government work as intended. Conversely,  Obama’s second inaugural address didn’t include any Republican ideas. ...

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More Youth Have Died in Chicago Than in Afghanistan


KultureKritic.com Staff According to CBS, President Obama’s home city of Chicago has turned into a war zone.   More youth have died in Chicago this year than Afghanistan (144 to 228).  The murder rate in Chicago is four times that of New York City and double that of Los Angeles, known for its gang activity. Two teen boys were killed ...

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Nearly Half of Veterans File For Disability


When you think of helping veterans, you often think of programs and organizations that help them find descent work once they’re back home. Sadly, that’s most often not the case. Today’s veterans are the most mentally and physically challenged this nation has ever seen. Instead of finding employment, most file for disability due to their injuries. A whopping 45 percent ...

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President Obama Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan, Will Give Nationally Televised Speech Tonight

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zapatilla asics abercrombie france pas cher President Obama made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan on Tuesday, the one year anniversary of the Seals raid that killed Osama bin Laden, to codify the U.S.- Afghanistan relationship post 2014. Obama landed at Bagram air base north of Kabul at around 10 p.m. and boarded a helicopter shortly thereafter. He arrived at President ...

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SHARPTON: Obama, Afghanistan & Why I Trust His Decisions

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Most Americans forget that there’s a war going on outside – or rather more than one.  In the midst of chasing after celebrities and keeping up on the latest gadgets, we’re often pushed into some sort of forced seclusion that bars us from the ongoing reality of two active wars.  And for the last 18 years, a ban on coverage of dead soldiers brought back home only further masked the harsh truth of conflict.  Dating back to the 1991 Gulf war, the bodies of young men and women killed overseas were blocked from media coverage – that is, until now. After lifting the media coverage ban earlier this year, President Obama himself made it a point to stand throughout the midnight hours last week as the newest casualties of the Afghan war were lifted off of a cargo plane one by one at Dover Air Force Base.  Saluting each flag covered casket as it was carried out, the President witnessed first hand the human cost of war, something our previous President never did.  And the American people were also able to observe this somber ceremony where 15 soldiers and three D.E.A. agents were brought home for their final resting. Following the deadliest month of the inherited war in Afghanistan, where some 55 Americans were killed in October alone, President Obama faces an extremely complex and no doubt intense decision as to how we should proceed.  Is it best to pull out our troops immediately?  Should we send in more support for the ones that are already there?  And what exactly does ‘victory’ in that region mean?  Conducting routine war council meetings with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and regularly listening to the advice of generals on the ground, the President is once again assessing an issue from all possible angles – including the human angle. “It was a sobering reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices that our young men and women in uniform are engaging in every single day, not only our troops but their families as well,” stated the President following the ceremony at Dover.  Admitting that this very evident human sacrifice was going to way heavily on his decision in Afghanistan, Obama once again broke from the past.  Refusing to dismiss the conflict as something in a distant land removed from American society, the President brought home the rough reality of this 8-year-long engagement and how any future action will directly impact people’s lives. Breaking with his predecessor’s tradition, Obama has not only taken a hands on approach with honoring fallen soldiers, but he is proving yet again that constructive, well-thought out decision making yields the best results – and not arrogant, ego-driven rash behavior.  When more and more of our dead children are being flown home, it’s amazing that some would criticize the President for not making a quicker decision.  Instead of recognizing the complexities involved in such a matter, these critics want nothing more than to use any excuse to attack Obama and divide the country at a time when we need to be unified more than ever. I support Obama, and whatever final decision he will arrive to because I know that it will not be done in haste.  I know that he personally stood for hours and saluted fallen men and women, met with their families and did not return to the White House till 4:45 AM that day.  And perhaps, most importantly, I know that he wants all of us to be aware of the daily sacrifices being made, and to be well informed of what we in turn have all inherited.  It’s time to get out from our seclusion and start paying attention.

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