DoD U.S. Military Casualties in Afghanistan as of 13 January 2012

As the Obama Administration professes that the efforts in Afghanistan have been successful, another nine U.S. soldiers paid the ultimate price in Afghanistan,  bringing the total for the first two weeks this year to ten killed in action (KIA).   The Administration is pursuing peace talks with the Taliban.  The Taliban have agreed to engage in those peace talks.  How sincere they are remains to be seen.

Meanwhile the heated exchange between Iran and the U.S. continues.  Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, which provides an avenue for more than one third of the world’s oil supply.  Although tougher sanctions have been approved against Iran, the implementation is still six months away, while some European nations are in the process of securing supply of oil from other than Iran.  The irony of this is that environmentalists are pushing to stop the Keystone Pipeline, which would transport oil from Alberta, Canada to refineries in Texas.  The President, seeking re-election, has tried to delay the decision on the pipeline past this years election.   The Payroll Tax Reduction extension bill requires the President to make a decision by February 21st.   If Obama decides not to let the project go ahead, he must declare that it is not in the national interest.

Meanwhile the rhetoric in South Carolina has heated up.   A Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich has attacked Mitt Romney in his role at Bain  as a job creator.  The battle has

been horrific and Newt Gingrich has asked the Super PAC to remove inaccuracies from a 28 minute video.  President Obama picked up on the theme, believing that Romney will be the eventual GOP nominee.   Needless to say, if anyone thought that the GOP primaries would be polite and boring, not so.  But does it play into Obama’s play book?

As the Obama Administration tries to wind down the war in Afghanistan, the question whether another conflict will be started with Iran remains.  With the heated up rhetoric a simple mistake and overreaction by one side or the other could easily ignite the situation.  American soldiers have left Iraq and some repositioning is now taking place in Kuwait to enable a quick response.

As a video has been circulating of US Marines urinating on dead Taliban corpses, let’s not forget that America has send young men and women to war, with multiple tours over the past then years.  Many soldiers have been returned on overseas tours with PTSD.  While the action of those Marines cannot be condoned, Rep  Allen West (R-FL) put it in the proper perspective:

“As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”

Here is the remainder of his statement, in context:

“The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.

“As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”

With this in mind take a moment this week to remember those still serving in a tough fight on the front lines in Afghanistan.  Lest We Forget.

Below are this week’s updated DoD casualty figures:

Op Enduring Freedom           Total Deaths   KIA   Non Hostile        WIA

Afghanistan Only                                   1758               1473         285                 15204

Other Locations                                       102                    12           90

DoD Civ Casualties                                      3                       1              2

Worldwide Total                                     1863               1486         377                  15204

Accumulated 2011 Casualties:

KIA     Non Combat Deaths         WIA

10                           10                                  47

About the Author

Karl Gotthardt - Politisite Managing Editor Maj. Gotthardt is a Retired Military Officer with 35 years service in the Canadian Armed Forces. He spent most of his time in the Military in Infantry Battalions. Karl took part in training for Afghanistan as an Operator Analyst with the Canadian Maneouvre Training Centre. Karl is a qualified military parachutist and military free fall parachutist. He earned his U.S. Master Jump Wings in Fort Benning, Georgia. Karl enjoys working with horses for the last 24 year. He owns six. He has experience in breeding, training and of course riding.Karl was born in Germany and is fluent in both English and German and he speaks enough French to "get in trouble". Karl has written or writes at NowPublic, All Voices, Tek Journalism and many others.

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