ISIS offered to swap Foley for ‘Lady Al Qaeda': Terrorists wanted return of MIT-graduate jailed in U.S. for planning ‘mass casualty strike’ with dirty bomb, ebola, and chemical weapon ‘that spared children’ | Mail Online

Remember when Bowe Bergdahl was traded for 5 Taleban leaders we had in prison?  Remember the outrage in some corners over the trade?  Wonder what would have been said if this trade had gone through?

 

ISIS offered to swap Foley for ‘Lady Al Qaeda': Terrorists wanted return of MIT-graduate jailed in U.S. for planning ‘mass casualty strike’ with dirty bomb, ebola, and chemical weapon ‘that spared children’ | Mail Online.

Bowe Bergdahl: 13 Things You Need to Know | Politics News | Rolling Stone

So much is being thrown around about Bowe…..maybe before anyone decides to crucify him they should know more about the person…..just  thought.

To condemn without the facts is the act of a coward……until one has faced what he faced then their opinion is worthless……the old “until you have walked a mile in his shoes….shut up!”

 

Bowe Bergdahl: 13 Things You Need to Know | Politics News | Rolling Stone.

US News Media Just Sucks

there is nothing new about my statement on the news media….I have despised them for decades….for they search for  not news but sensationalism to report……every year some moron goes up Mt. Hood and gets lost or such and we here about these idiots ad nauseum…..now we have the Mt. Everest disaster where so many were killed in an avalanche….and now we have a show dedicated to these thrill seekers…..for one these people are nothing but adrenalin junkies, thrill seekers…the Sherpas were just trying to make a living….but the others are nothing but show boaters and junkies and the dignify their crass disregard for life just irks me….to NO end…I am not impressed by these types of thrill seeking morons……you want an adrenalin rush…the military can use a few good people and do something worthwhile.

I waited  few days before writing this the see how the media would handle this story…….

An Afghanistan village buried in a landslide yesterday is now considered a “cemetery,” says a government official in Badakhshan province. The last of the rescuers gave up hope today of finding survivors in the mud that devastated the village of Abi Barik in the mountainous and remote northeast, reports the BBC. It will take some time to figure out how many were killed, with estimates ranging between 350 and 2,700, reports Reuters. The focus now will shift to providing help for the estimated 4,000 people without shelter.

“The scale of this landslide is absolutely devastating, with an entire village practically wiped away,” says an official with the International Organization for Migration. “Hundreds of families have lost everything and are in immense need of assistance.” Many of those killed were at their houses trying to get things in order after an earlier, smaller landslide. The area has been deluged with rain of late.

Of course this story is not important enough to interrupt the total mindlessness of the “nerd prom” in Dc or for anyone to really give a shit about those people in Afghanistan….they are just not important enough for our media to care…….I am disgusted by the flippant attitude of the media and for that point, most Americans.

This is why I prefer BBC news it is more to the point and interesting, with the exception of some “bladerunner” trial or the royals….their news is usually spot on without the sanitized, sensationalized crap that American news offers.

A New Hope

Well I could go into my rendition of the 1st Star Wars movie….but that has been done to death by now……the New Hope of which I speak is Afghanistan.

yes, the Afghan people have gone to the polls this past weekend and voted in greater numbers than ever before……7+ million.

First, I would like to correct my prediction….I predicted that the buddy of Karzai would win the election, Rassoul…..I felt that there would be a massive amount of voter fraud and that Karzi would not want to lose his influence in the running of the country……..appears I was mistaken (gladly)……

Afghans flocked to polling stations nationwide today, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation’s first democratic transfer of power. The turnout was so high that some polling centers ran out of ballots and others took the unprecedented step of extending hours, reports the New York Times. The day has been “surprisingly peaceful,” says Reuters, with only a handful of isolated attacks reported. The excitement over choosing a new leader for the first time appeared to overwhelm the fear of bloodshed in many areas, as Afghans embarked on a major transition nearly 13 years after the US-led invasion toppled the rule of the Taliban.

The vote is the first for Afghans in which the outcome is uncertain. Voters are choosing from a field of eight presidential candidates, as well as selecting provincial council members. With three front-runners in the presidential race—former foreign ministers Abdullah Abdullah and Zalmay Rassoul, and former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani—a runoff seemed likely instead of an outright victory victory by one. President Hamid Karzai, the only leader the country has known since the Taliban fell, is constitutionally barred from a third term.

The votes are not all in but as it is today there will be a run-off between Abdullah Abdullah and Ghani……Karzai’s mole Rassoul finished a distant third…….at least as far as we know now.

I am proud of the Afghan people….they showed up in massive numbers even with the threats from the Taleban…….they deserve some respect for taking their voting seriously……they have mine.

Unfortunately, I am not positive that any of these candidates will have the support or the guts to take on the Taleban when the time comes…….while the people voted and have voted in massive numbers…..they will not be in control when the Taleban comes to town……

All we can do is take a wait and see attitude…….

What Cost War?

The situations in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken a back seat to  the search for a plane……a debate on birth certificates and a wealth of spurious conspiracies……but since today is my day to post on war….I will delve into those two wars that people forget…….

Does anyone know what the final cost of the two will be?

The final bill will run at least $3.7 trillion and could reach as high as $4.4 trillion, according to the research project “Costs of War” by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. (www.costsofwar.org)

In the 10 years since U.S. troops went into Afghanistan to root out the al Qaeda leaders behind the September 11, 2001, attacks, spending on the conflicts totaled $2.3 trillion to $2.7 trillion.

Those numbers will continue to soar when considering often overlooked costs such as long-term obligations to wounded veterans and projected war spending from 2012 through 2020. The estimates do not include at least $1 trillion more in interest payments coming due and many billions more in expenses that cannot be counted, according to the study.

In human terms, 224,000 to 258,000 people have died directly from warfare, including 125,000 civilians in Iraq. Many more have died indirectly, from the loss of clean drinking water, healthcare, and nutrition. An additional 365,000 have been wounded and 7.8 million people — equal to the combined population of Connecticut and Kentucky — have been displaced.

$3.7 trillion?  That amount could have gone a long way to solve the $5.1 trillion that Ryan wants to carve out of domestic programs…….don’t you think?

But beyond that there are other costs of war…….

The 2.6 million Americans who volunteered to fight on IED-laden battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan have returned home with a panoply of problems borne out of their service. Consider the following from a newly released Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation survey:

  • 18 percent were seriously injured while performing their duties.
  • 34 percent say they have a service-connected disability.
  • 52 percent say their physical or mental health is worse than it was before the wars.
  • 41 percent report experiencing outbursts of anger, at least sometimes.
  • 51 percent know a service member who has attempted or committed suicide.

More from the Post-Kaiser survey:

For recent veterans, a legacy of pride and pain.

Key findings from the poll.

Interactive poll results and how the survey was conducted.

My point is….war is far more expensive than what most people think……who will pay the tab?