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    Afghanistan: Talking Points US Troops

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    Many of our Soldiers in Afghanistan are required to carry this paper in a pocket at all times. Troops are expected to memorize the talking points and cough them up to any journalists coming through.

    We decided to help headquarters spread their message.

    Many complaints about poor morale are coming from Afghanistan. Most troops are kept on base, where they undergo mindless inspections and even small ‘parades’, and of course rocket and mortar strikes.

    It has been estimated that in 2014, the cost to taxpayers to keep one troop in Afghanistan for one year will be more than $2 million. And we have our $2 million dollar troops there doing inspections and memorizing propaganda for the press, while Washington bickers with Karzai and the enemy grows stronger.
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    118 US Soldiers have died in Afghanistan this year. Why does the govt talk endlessly about healthcare, and the media talk endlessly about celebrities, yet soldiers don't even get a mention? Why doesn't the Commander justify these deaths like he justifies website failures? Why aren't our congressman explaining to us why we are still there, why soldiers are memorizing propaganda for journalist, instead of killing the enemy or coming home. Why do the people keep voting for a govt which doesn't care about sending citizens to a remote country to be forgotten?

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    Re: Afghanistan: Talking Points US Troops

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    118 US Soldiers have died in Afghanistan this year. Why does the govt talk endlessly about healthcare, and the media talk endlessly about celebrities, yet soldiers don't even get a mention? Why doesn't the Commander justify these deaths like he justifies website failures? Why aren't our congressman explaining to us why we are still there, why soldiers are memorizing propaganda for journalist, instead of killing the enemy or coming home. Why do the people keep voting for a govt which doesn't care about sending citizens to a remote country to be forgotten?
    Interesting, I can't remember having ever been given a piece of paper with talking points on it. But there was several briefings by commanders and the sort of what to say or not say to reporters. My time in the military was from 1966 through 1986 so these things haven't changed. My grandson returned from Afghanistan over a year ago after a tour there with the 1st ID. He was fed up with it.
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    Couldn't agree more but don't put all the blame on the present CIC although I am sorely diassapointed he didn't pull us out. The past CIC put us there and should have pulled us out when the mission was accomplished. Nation building never ever works in corrupt 12th century countries.

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    Re: Afghanistan: Talking Points US Troops

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    118 US Soldiers have died in Afghanistan this year. Why does the govt talk endlessly about healthcare, and the media talk endlessly about celebrities, yet soldiers don't even get a mention? Why doesn't the Commander justify these deaths like he justifies website failures? Why aren't our congressman explaining to us why we are still there, why soldiers are memorizing propaganda for journalist, instead of killing the enemy or coming home. Why do the people keep voting for a govt which doesn't care about sending citizens to a remote country to be forgotten?
    The honest answer?

    1. The war has been going on for over a decade which contributes to people sense of being inured to it.

    2. It is a conflict that has a relatively low US death toll and so unless catastrophic events (Navy SEAL helicopter crash, CIA bombing) happen it doesn't gather as much attention.

    3. People are isolated from the conflict. Few of us have family members or close friends that are not only serving, but serving directly in harms way in Afghanistan right now.

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    Re: Afghanistan: Talking Points US Troops

    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    Couldn't agree more but don't put all the blame on the present CIC although I am sorely diassapointed he didn't pull us out. The past CIC put us there and should have pulled us out when the mission was accomplished. Nation building never ever works in corrupt 12th century countries.
    I dont put all the blame on Obama, but he is the commander now, so he is responsible. As is congress who keeps allowing it. If there is a reason to stay, they should be constantly convincing us of it. Or they need to get out, 100%. And the media needs to stop being negligent of their duties to inform us. I watch a lot of news, and I almost never see any coverage of the ongoing war, certainly not in the way they cover celebrities or attractive female crimals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonny5 View Post
    I dont put all the blame on Obama, but he is the commander now, so he is responsible. As is congress who keeps allowing it. If there is a reason to stay, they should be constantly convincing us of it. Or they need to get out, 100%. And the media needs to stop being negligent of their duties to inform us. I watch a lot of news, and I almost never see any coverage of the ongoing war, certainly not in the way they cover celebrities or attractive female crimals.
    Amen. It must be hell to be a soldier in today's Army being deployed over and over in bum **** eqypt. (That's what my unit called that region of the world.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    Amen. It must be hell to be a soldier in today's Army being deployed over and over in bum **** eqypt. (That's what my unit called that region of the world.)
    I imagine they were ok with it when it was obvious why they were there, to kill AQ, and the media was embedded, and politicians were talking about it all the time. But now?

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    Re: Afghanistan: Talking Points US Troops

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    118 US Soldiers have died in Afghanistan this year. Why does the govt talk endlessly about healthcare, and the media talk endlessly about celebrities, yet soldiers don't even get a mention? Why doesn't the Commander justify these deaths like he justifies website failures? Why aren't our congressman explaining to us why we are still there, why soldiers are memorizing propaganda for journalist, instead of killing the enemy or coming home. Why do the people keep voting for a govt which doesn't care about sending citizens to a remote country to be forgotten?
    You can't kill your way to victory.

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    Re: Afghanistan: Talking Points US Troops

    Quote Originally Posted by jonny5 View Post
    I imagine they were ok with it when it was obvious why they were there, to kill AQ, and the media was embedded, and politicians were talking about it all the time. But now?
    I'm sure it still go old. With 22 suicides a day in the U.S. military something's not O.K.

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    Re: Afghanistan: Talking Points US Troops

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    Interesting, I can't remember having ever been given a piece of paper with talking points on it. But there was several briefings by commanders and the sort of what to say or not say to reporters. My time in the military was from 1966 through 1986 so these things haven't changed. My grandson returned from Afghanistan over a year ago after a tour there with the 1st ID. He was fed up with it.
    I could explain it, but you've already made up your mind.

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