Thanksgiving Sorrow from Afghanistan

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MarineCorpsLogo.jpgThis morning I received this Department of Defense announcement about a young man, William J. Donnelly IV, killed on active duty on Thanksgiving Day in Helmand Province.
Politics and views on this war aside, condolences to his family and friends.

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
1st Lt. William J. Donnelly IV, 27, of Picayune, Miss., died Nov. 25 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

— Steve Clemons

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  6. Don Bacon says:

    Afghans don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but they still have plenty of sorrow due to foreign invaders.
    news report:
    The Marines in Helmand province’s Sangin district are taking the fight to enemy, using a strategy that relies heavily on airstrikes, mortars and intense gunbattles. They are trying to dislodge well-entrenched insurgents who survived four years of fighting with British troops who recently left.
    Dozens, if not hundreds, of civilians have been killed in Sangin over the years in fighting between the Taliban and coalition forces, leaving the Marines needing to show their operations are not doing the same. But carrying out damage assessments in such a dangerous environment can be very difficult, meaning the truth is hard to come by.
    While villagers frequently claim innocent civilians have been killed, the U.S. considered just one of the allegations credible enough to warrant an official investigation, said Lt. Col. Jason Morris, the commander of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment that arrived in Sangin in October.
    The inquiry was conducted with government representatives and determined the Marines were not at fault, he said.
    http://wire.antiwar.com/2010/11/26/villagers-claim-deaths-complicating-afghan-push/
    It was the Afghan’s fault — those “airstrikes, mortars and intense gunbattles” are like pillow fights, harmless.

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  7. James says:

    The US of A breaks the Soviet Record (with Afghan quagmire)
    http://is.gd/hSigd

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  8. James says:

    Be sure to watch former CIA Bin Laden unit head Michael Scheuer in following youtube:
    “Sit Down!” The Power to Silence the Truth about 9/11 Part 2
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7EB1FxENxQ

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  9. James says:

    We went into Afghan quagmire because of 9/11 and 9/11 tragically took place because of US support for Israel (look up ‘Israel as a terrorist’s motivation’ in index of James Bamford’s ‘A Pretext for War’ book and see following youtube as well):
    What Motivated the 9/11 Hijackers? See testimony most didn’t:
    http://tinyurl.com/911motivation

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  10. Don Bacon says:

    The Pentagon has reported 46 deaths so far this month from all causes, 43 enlisted men and three officers.
    I reported on a previous thread the death of Lt. Robert M. Kelly, the son of Marine Lt. Gen. John Kelly. And now another officer from the 3rd of the 5th Marines has died in the same month, Lt. William J. Donnelly IV.
    The 3d battalion, 5th Marines has been operating in Helmand

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