It’s official. I’ve adopted a US soldier for the holidays. His name is Brandon.
If anyone would like to contribute items to a Christmas care package for him, I’d appreciate it immensely. I’m looking for the following items: Blankets, pillows, personal care items/toiletries, snacks, candy, baby wipes, books/magazines. Any money donated will go towards the purchase of these items and/or shipping them to the his base in Afghanistan.
Even if you just want to give him a thank you card, I’d gladly forward it for you.
I’ll tentatively plan to ship everything out in a couple of weeks, so if you’re interested, please let me know.
Let’s get our troops out right now.
As if this shouldn’t have already happened.
Afghanistan has been calling for us to withdraw for years, and events like this don’t do anything to speed that process. Don’t forget, we’ve been deliberately targeting civilians in our war zones since World War II. It’s our modus operandi.
Last year we shot a missile at nine kids, and our military even went so far as to admit their mistake. A US soldier convicted of war crimes in January just got off scot free. (No jail time, just a demotion.) The UN itself has challenged reports that the US has made any progress in Afghanistan, and yet, we persist.
All of these events drew outrage from Americans and from Afghanis, but it changes nothing. The meat grinder goes on grinding.
One wonders if this monster will walk away scot-free like Frank Wuterich.
Despicable. Ten years ago when the U.S. was launching its war on Afghanistan, it relied heavily on the argument that an invasion was needed in order to ‘liberate’ women. What a farce that seems now.
Of course, since Karzai is the U.S.’ hand-picked puppet, maybe he is just seeing the all-out war currently being waged by U.S. politicians against American women and has concluded that what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
While this may seem an aberration to some, the Afghan women’s rights activist, and anti-war firebrand, Malalai Joya, has long been pointing out the ways in which the U.S. war and occupation of her country reinforces the most oppressive and misogynistic tendencies within Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s president endorsed a “code of conduct” issued by an influential council of clerics which activists say represents a giant step backward for women’s rights in the country.
President Hamid Karzai’s remarks backing the Ulema Council’s document, which allows husbands to beat wives under certain circumstances and encourages segregation of the sexes, is seen as reaching out to insurgents like the Taliban.
It baffles me why modern women endorse and subject themselves to religious codes that exist to keep them in a state of medieval subservience to men in power.
Almost the entire town it seems, anyway.
Afghan War veteran – Steven Hewett – demanded that the city remove the Christian Flag that was raised over the public memorial to veterans like him. They called him a coward, and threatened to beat him up (and the handful of other supporters). They demanded that people like Steven be run out of town so that any pending lawsuit would lose its legal standing.
Clearly, they are fueled by the history revisionism of Liars for Jesus like author David Barton. (‘Merica is a Christian nation. Thomas Jefferson ordered the Marine Corps band to play at the Sunday church service in the Capitol Bldg… etc.) Weird little half-truths so brutally distorted that they only convince those who actively want it to be true.
A Senator and a NC Representative joined a rally against Hewett’s efforts, on stage. It was pretty damned offensive:
Everyone, see for yourselves the sickening manner in which the Republican Christian hypocrites of King, NC thank a brave soldier for risking his life in their service.
Leave it to my ridiculously narrow-minded bigot of a co-worker to bring up the video that has been leaked of the U.S. soldiers pissing on the stacked bodies of the Afghan fighters, and to say nothing more than: “I think people are overreacting about the whole thing. And whoever leaked that video is an asshole and a fucking idiot. It’s just going to get more Americans killed.”
Leave it to my idiotic countrymen to be angrier and more outraged about soldiers pissing on dead bodies than the fact that we bomb children, women, and civilians’ homes and the country doesn’t even want us there. Thinking about it infuriates me.