"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Afghanistan 2001 - 2011

US Special Forces with Northern Alliance troops on horseback in 2001.

Anti-Taliban Afghan fighters watch several explosions from U.S. bombings in the Tora Bora
mountains in Afghanistan in December 2001

Sgt William Olas Bee, a U.S. Marine from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, has a close call after Taliban fighters opened fire near Garmsir in Helmand Province of Afghanistan, in May 2008


"I would rather work as your servant, cut grass and tend to your garden than be the ruler of Afghanistan."

- - - - Yaqub Khan, (Amir of Afghanistan) to a British Viceroy in the 19th Century

Ten years.

It is hard to believe time has gone so very, very fast.  It is also hard to believe that the leaders of the United States could screw up a war so badly.

But enough of that.  There is lots of time to rip on the moronic Beltway Elite political hacks next week.

For now let us say . . . .
  • Always honor the warrior.
  • Always question the intelligence and motives of the leaders.
There has been much pain and suffering.  Hopefully the war will end soon.

U.S. mortar team return fire during an attack by militants on Michigan Base in the Pesh Valley in
Afghanistan's Kunar Province, in August 2009

A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines fires his weapon at Taliban fighters in Marjah in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan on February 22, 2010.

A U.S. soldier with an injured ankle is helped past his burning armoured vehicle after it struck an
Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on a road in July 2010

Treo, an eight-year-old black Labrador from the Military Working Dogs, was presented with Britain's Dickin medal, awarded for bravery and commitment in wartime, the highest military honor an animal can expect at the Imperial War Museum in London on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. Treo was decorated for his work sniffing out explosives in Afghanistan.

A Salute to the Fallen

U.S. soldiers kneel during a memorial ceremony for Captain Daniel Whitten and Private First Class Zachary Lovejoy from Charlie Company, 4th Brigade combat team,1-508, 82nd Parachute Infantry Regiment at the Remote Sweeney FOB in Zabul province, southern Afghanistan on February 8, 2010. CPT Whitten from Grimes, Iowa, and PFC Lovejoy from Albuquerque, New Mexico, were killed by an IED on February 2. when on patrol in southern Afghanistan.

Homecoming: The reality of the war in Afghanistan was made clear in Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire,
to where British soldiers were repatriated and received by crowds of mourners

The coffins of two Swedish soldiers, Captain Johan Palmlov and Lieutenant Gunnar Andersson are unloaded from a Swedish Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft on arrival at Arna airport in Uppsala, Sweden on February 10, 2010.

Fallen allies from Canada.

Relatives, Spain's royal family and Spanish politicians attend a state funeral for soldiers at Madrid's army headquarters. Soldiers' wives and parents clutched each other for support and wept as Spain's royal family and prime minister joined them at a funeral for 17 soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

Seven-year old Martin Fortunato, son of Lieutenant Antonio Fortunato, one of the victims of an attack to an Italian military convoy in Kabul that killed six Italian troopers, reacts in front of his father's coffin during the state funerals in St. Paul's Outside the Walls Basilica, in Rome.

The memorial service for Australian Private Tomas Dale and Private Grant Kirby, who
were killed by an IED, is held in Afghanistan

Two Bulgarian soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy stands in front the seven flag-draped coffins in the courtyard outside the Invalides church during a military ceremony as France pays tribute to the seven French soldiers killed in Afghanistan during a national ceremony at the Invalides in Paris July 19, 2011.

Soldiers carry the coffin of Colonel Faruk Sungur, commander of Turkey's NATO force in Afghanistan, during his funeral in Ankara. Sungur is one of the two Turkish officers were killed in northern Afghanistan.

German allies who died in Afghanistan.

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