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By IVAN ELAND | October 21, 2009
The corridors of power in the nation's capital are abuzz with the complexities of the situation in Afghanistan. If only we send 40,000 more combat troops, say the military brass, the United States could have some hope of turning the situation around and preventing Afghanistan from becoming a haven for terrorists yet again. Vice President Joe Biden has apparently suggested keeping the number of forces static but shifting the U.S. mission more toward training the Afghan security forces and conducting Special Forces raids and drone attacks against al Qaeda.
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Dr. Michael Nagler | December 9, 2009
At a Washington meeting some years back Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia said to a group of us who had come to discuss Mideast policy, "All foreign policy is domestic politics. " The recently announced "surge" of 30,000 additional troops for Afghanistan was designed to placate political pressures on the President, which, even if it were possible, is not the right way to formulate a policy. What would be? Shortly after 9/11 we got a letter from a friend of ours who was in western Pakistan helping Greg Mortenson, of Three Cups of Tea fame, build schools.
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By Brad Jones | August 11, 2009
A few weeks ago now, memorial services took place for two men. These two lived different lives, accomplished different things, and met their deaths in different countries, for different reasons. And their memorials and the manner in which they were remembered were different as their lives and their sudden and untimely passing. When Michael Jackson died on June 25, news of his death rightfully made headlines around the world. In the days that followed, we watched an outpouring of emotion from millions of his fans.
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MEGAN JONES | March 30, 2008
The race to raise $63,000 for 480 soldiers has many spouses and family members in central Kentucky exhausted. Billy Ray Tarter of Danville is one of the many soldiers of the 201st Engineering Battalion trying to get home for one last visit before beginning a year-long tour of duty in Afghanistan. Tarter, stationed in Wisconsin's Fort McCoy, has a wife and child in Danville and family in Harrodsburg and Stanford. The goal is to raise the money before the last week of April.
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Katheran Wasson | March 6, 2008
Sitting in church with her family on Veterans Day, Cailey said, "Daddy," calling out for a man she'd met only once, when she was just 9 weeks old. Cailey's daddy, Staff Sgt. Matt Hilliard, is coming home to Winchester today after a year and a half stationed in Ghazni, Afghanistan, with the Army National Guard. "He has seen her grow through pictures," Melissa said of their now 11-month-old daughter. "But pictures don't do it justice. " Today, Matt Hilliard and the rest of the 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery will land in Louisville.
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By Katie Perkowski | August 5, 2011
As of this morning, Fort Campbell had lost 32 assigned soldiers in 2011, all serving in Afghanistan. One was 27-year-old Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers of Mount Olivet, who died July 14 - the first casualty  from Kentucky since Staff Sgt. Alan L. Snyder, whose last address was Winchester, died of injuries in Afghanistan in late June. Fort Knox has lost seven soldiers so far in 2011, according to the Department of Defense's archived news releases. This year's numbers compare to the total 103 soldiers Fort Campbell lost in 2010, 37 of whom were before August.
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Michael Broihier | October 7, 2009
National Security Advisor and former Marine Commandant Jim Jones is a surprisingly soft-spoken man. When asked what he thought of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, going off the reservation to make comments about the need for more troops in his theater, Jones said, "Ideally, it's better for military advice to come up through the chain of command. " McChrystal shouldn't think he's in the clear. More than a few Marines have mistaken Jones' demeanor as soft; with Jones, thunder is rarely heard before the lightning strikes.
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October 7, 2009
Spc. James "Garrett" Wilkerson recently returned after a year in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal at Ft. Campbell. He is now stationed at Ft. Carson, Colo. His parents are Jim and Robin Wilkerson of Nicholasville.
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March 23, 2012
It is clear that the Obama administration and the U.S. military have a monumental problem in Afghanistan. The recent murder spree, by Army Sgt. Robert Bales, of innocent civilians compounds the problem. Let me say this up front: I have the highest respect for our military. But I have absolutely no sympathy for Sgt. Bales. With deliberate intent, this man systematically murdered 16 innocent people. Nine of them were children. There is a report that Bales burned some of the bodies.
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Michael Broihier | March 16, 2012
In 1999, a Marine general wrote as part of a concept he called the Three Block War of an actor he called the “Strategic Corporal,” and after hearing that a US soldier probably murdered over a dozen Afghans, mostly women and children, over the weekend, I went back and reread the paper. Gen. Charles Krulak, the son of the famous General 'Brute' Krulak, was prophetic about the type of world our young warriors are thrust into today, particularly junior leaders who Krulak said would have “enormous responsibilities and pressures” placed upon them.
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