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Afghanistan's Korengal Valley

Yesterday was Veteran's Day (or Armistice or Remembrance Day, depending on where you live), a day set aside to honor those who have served in the military. Today, on the day after, it seems appropriate to share some photographs of U.S. soldiers currently in the thick of war in Afghanistan. Getty Images photographer John Moore spent some time recently in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, near the Pakistani border, with Viper Company of the 1-26 Infantry, and brought back these images, documenting what he saw. The final two photographs do not involve Korengal, but are striking examples of these difficult and complex times, and the sacrifice of one American family. (31 photos total)

A 50 caliber machine gun points out towards an Afghan village October 23, 2008 at the U.S. Army combat outpost Dallas in the Kunar Province of eastern Afghanistan. OP Dallas is located in the Korengal Valley, site of some of the heaviest combat between American forces and Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. (John Moore/Getty Images)
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616 comments so far...
1.

# 31 was absolutely crushing. A stunning collection as always.

Aaron Stewart

Posted by Aaron Stewart November 12, 08 12:51 PM
2.

These pictures are really "heavy" in my opinion, but we shouldn´t close our eyes and ignore the situation, thanks for posting these.

Chan from TheJunction

Posted by Chan TheJunction November 12, 08 12:51 PM
3.

hate war...

Posted by paul chan November 12, 08 01:04 PM
4.

the last two photos are so touching.

Posted by karen November 12, 08 01:04 PM
5.

A really wonderful set of photo's - I had no idea US soldiers were in those mountains. Picture 30 demonstrates so well that the USA stands for all faiths.

If I were younger I'd volunteer... after hearing the Pakistani saying how the Taliban asked a Pakistani tribal leader to choose which of his two sons should be beheaded. After he chose and they killed him, he and the other son were also murdered. Plain evil.

Posted by Jon T November 12, 08 01:08 PM
6.

How comfortable it is to sit at home and look at these photos, safe in the knowledge that all this fighting is taking place, far, far away.

I won't comment on the Army's reasons for being there, but I sympathise with the actual people who face scenes like these every day.

Posted by Hugh November 12, 08 01:12 PM
7.

Wow! The U.S. can bomb small defenseless villages! I'm so impressed.

Posted by against-us-terrorism November 12, 08 01:15 PM
8.

Moi, non plus je n'aime pas la guerre. C'est triste.

Posted by gwillerm November 12, 08 01:17 PM
9.

On image #14 the guy on the right is using an early version of the SVD Dragunov - an interesting choice if he is a US soldier... I would not have expected that.

Posted by Jean-Marc Liotier November 12, 08 01:23 PM
10.

Don't like getting attacked by the U.S. military?

Then they shouldn't have attacked us on 9-11.

After 9-11, you're fair game. Deal with the consequences.

Posted by Hax Or November 12, 08 01:30 PM
11.

Image #8 with the monkey truly depicts the necessity of company, even in the most dire and isolated of situations. Very touching... with a tad bit of humour.

- Anotherfaceinthecrowd

Posted by Greg Washington November 12, 08 01:39 PM
12.

against-us-terrorism: Don't be a f'ing idiot.

Posted by Ed November 12, 08 01:49 PM
13.

#7 (Against us) and 10 (Hax), both very ignorant opposing opinions.

Posted by Kevin W November 12, 08 02:01 PM
14.

Hate war, love our troops. Hate the Talibananas for starting this.
Thanks for showing us just how primitive and brutal the terrain is. Some of those forward posts are crazy! I have utmost respect for the men who occupy them.

Posted by Pete November 12, 08 02:02 PM
15.

A BIG thank you to all that serve in the armed forces. My family and I owe you a debt we can never repay. I am honored and humbled by your willingness to serve. May God keep you and bring you home swiftly, mission fully accomplished.

Posted by Tyler Andrews November 12, 08 02:53 PM
16.

Excellent pictures, excellent collection. I'm in no way happy with the war, but many of the people over there are doing an excellent job and going to a pretty rough time. One thing I didn't like: looks like the monkey is tied down. Mascot indeed.

Posted by Dominic November 12, 08 03:13 PM
17.

comment #10. what about iraq, vietnam, cile, argentina, cambodia, cuba, kosovo, germany (yes germany) and all the other countries that the US attacked not for defense but for private interests? exactly like Afghanistan. also, a country should defend itself but you are talking about revenge right? I don`t think any government should support retaliation, it`s childish and useless, just fuels the cycle of violence. ever heard of eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind?

Posted by luca November 12, 08 03:14 PM
18.

For pic #31. So sorry for all the soldiers family.

Posted by The Aitch November 12, 08 03:28 PM
19.

Jean-Marc Liotier, he is the same guy as photo #10. it is probably just something he picked up to pose for the photo.

Posted by Augmento November 12, 08 03:32 PM
20.

On a technical note. Item 6 showing the shell leaving the 155mm is incredible. Mighty fine shootin' there Mr. Moore.

Posted by EyeNo November 12, 08 03:55 PM
21.

God, that's so moving. The faces, the eyes, the flag - I can't speak.

Posted by Tim Atkinson November 12, 08 04:15 PM
22.

strack looking troops in officially sanctioned images
(excepting the old boy whistler at the weapons checkpoint)

Posted by am November 12, 08 05:36 PM
23.

Les années passent et les images que l'on a de certains pays ne changent pas d'un iota !!!! Des terres arides, de la poussière, des maisons en ruine, des hommes armés et... la mort qui plane au dessus de tout cela...
N'y aurait-il pas là, finalement, une nouvelle forme de tourisme à mettre en place pour des personnes en manque de sensations fortes ???

Posted by Fabien November 12, 08 06:12 PM
24.

To whomever posted these pictures, thank you. My son who is a National Guard member, leaves Baghdad for Afghanistan this week. He volunteered for a 6 month tour in Iraq earlier this year( his second) and a several month tour in Afghanistan with two weeks leave in the middle that were cut short due to our Presidential elections. He is excited about going, but for his mom and I...not so much. We are after all, parents. Proud of him and what he is doing, but still we are parents.

Posted by Tom in Idaho November 12, 08 06:18 PM
25.

i just want to think all of the service man hope you end your service in peace and know that people are thankful for what you do

Posted by give all sides November 12, 08 06:35 PM
26.

Tom,

God bless your son and thank him for us. Wishing him a safe journey.

Again, magnificent pictures.

Posted by Kate November 12, 08 06:41 PM
27.

"Don't like getting attacked by the U.S. military?

Then they shouldn't have attacked us on 9-11.

After 9-11, you're fair game. Deal with the consequences."

You're so diluted and backwards. Little villages don't start wars you dumb f*ck. I doubt they even knew about it

Posted by Anonymous November 12, 08 06:55 PM
28.

These soldiers should give food to these people, not guns

Posted by Irwin Borjas November 12, 08 07:33 PM
29.

To comment 16... that rope wouldn't be keeping that monkey there if he didn't want to be there.

I love this blog and recommend it to everyone I have even a slightly related conversation with.

Posted by Jim November 12, 08 09:16 PM
30.

Great series. The more we see from the soldiers point of view the better. I have every sympathy for them, the war is underfunded and sidelined by the, imho, unnecessary war in Iraq. The forces in Afghanistan need more support.

John Moore is a great photographer, probably one of the best photojournalists working today.

Posted by Miles November 12, 08 09:35 PM
31.

Brilliant pictures, I am very concerned about our future in Afghanistan and for our boys over there. These pictures illustrate part of that war. I am concerned that we see and hear little about this war, yet our boys keep coming home in body bags. After Vietnam we are kept in the dark about todays wars, yet our boys are facing peril every day. I am afraid we are not winning. I hope that is not the case. For the sake of the Afghans as well as our lads I hope it is over soon, but I doubt it.

Posted by muzza November 12, 08 09:58 PM
32.

My family and I thank these soldiers for thier service and sacrifice. Please forgive the low brow brickering above. God be with ya'll, protect and bring you home safe. Psalm 23

Posted by Bobbie November 12, 08 10:27 PM
33.

Just like to thank all those service members who spend months away from their family members to serve for all of us. Most people can't even imagine this type of sacrifice. I will again apologize for ignorant people. I wish you all come the best. Stay strong.

Posted by anonymous November 12, 08 10:50 PM
34.

dammit! war isn't entertainment!

Your fancy pictures do a great job normalizing warfare, while keeping the death and destruction faceless.

What a waste of time!

Posted by Cohen November 12, 08 10:56 PM
35.

@34...

If only we could live in your extraordinary world of enlightenment. Then, maybe then.. we could all understand.

Posted by Steme November 13, 08 12:51 AM
36.

Comment #34 - Mr. Cohen
I don't think anyone takes these photographs as "entertainment". I also see your point about *normalizing* warfare, or in other words, becoming desensitized to this type of imagery. Photojournalists in war zones routinely cover the death and destruction. See the earlier 'Big Picture' series on the Congo. I think because of the terrain in Afghanistan, it's not possible for the photographers to get shots of the Afghan enemy lying dead, nor would those enemies trust American or European (or any) photographers to be in their midst covering the fighting from their side.

Posted by R.P. November 13, 08 01:21 AM
37.

Beautiful pictures of brave men. I served in Saudi/Kuwait/Somalia and remember how miserable life away from home can be. we're so blessed as a country. I am glad thaT WE HAVE A MAN WHO SEEMS READY TO LEAD NOW.

Posted by Edward Shuherk, MD November 13, 08 01:55 AM
38.

"those who take up the sword will perish by the sword"

Posted by andrespereyda.com November 13, 08 01:59 AM
39.

@34
I by no means look at something like this as entertainment, and to accuse somebody of doing so is very bold. These pictures are not a waste of time as they give people who do not have the opportunity to be everywhere in the world at once a view into situations like these. There have been plenty of graphic pictures in this blog of victims of this and other wars, so please to not accuse the photographer of trying to paint a false picture.

Posted by tired November 13, 08 02:01 AM
40.

Taliban militants were suspected of being behind the attack on some young girls going to school today in Kandahar. Men on motorbikes spraying acid in their faces with squirt guns, then fleeing the scene.

Never mind paving a road for the cavemen in these pictures with their permission. Pave the road OVER them without it.

Posted by Greg November 13, 08 02:11 AM
41.

amazing pictures, especially the last 2.

i have the utmost respect for our troops and hope they all return home safely.

thank you!

Posted by raidernation November 13, 08 02:26 AM
42.

I have no idea how you managed to shoot #6. Impressive.

Posted by Aurélien Bompard November 13, 08 02:45 AM
43.

Little villages with strong ties to the opposing forces! Most of them have direct ties such as relatives in the Taliban. These same "small helpless villagers" will tape hand grenades to the hands of uncooperative villagers, including small children, and push them out into crowds of Allied troops.

Can anyone else read captions?

Posted by ranger_for_life November 13, 08 02:59 AM
44.

I wonder what stresses these brave men and women are going to face after they come home. I only hope they are treated well, and with all the honor and respect they deserve.

Posted by Michael November 13, 08 03:01 AM
45.

You have to understand why they are in that little village. They aren't attacking villagers but the Taliban who are using the village as a base of operations. Problem with fighting terrorism is that they don't abide by Geneva convention rules. They don't wear uniforms, they aren't marked. They blend in, hide among civilians, use homes as barracks. These people may be innocent, and likely are, but they could be forced to harbor terrorist or they might possibly be terrorist. Whoever said Kosovo obviously didn't hear that there was a "ethnic cleansing" going on in the region and that NATO, not just the US, had to send in a peace keeping force to end it. Either way your heart has to go out to the soliders who are there.

Posted by Jay American November 13, 08 03:02 AM
46.

Wait a minute. If locals strongly support Taliban and refuses to coopearate, why NATO is still there? Close the borders and leave them in the pit.

Posted by Tomas Liubinas November 13, 08 03:33 AM
47.

stupid war
stupid soldiers

Posted by sebastian from germany November 13, 08 03:37 AM
48.

Completely agree with #34.

It is probably a requirement for being journalist that is allowed to follow the US troops around though.

Posted by Ton November 13, 08 04:07 AM
49.

If you think these poor villagers attacked the USA, you are an idiot.

Posted by Nunuvyer Bizniz November 13, 08 04:10 AM
50.

Typical USA. Destroy the whole Afghan nation and its country to find 6 culprits who supposedly caused 9/11 attacks - and Bush & co still not proved it was even Taliban yet - 7 years later!! How do you justify that Americans?!. Why must a whole nation suffer? I feel sorry for the servicemen & their families for they fighting a war America cannot justify - just like Nam. The Afghans are too strong - and no amount of fancy bombs and artillery will help. Ask the Russians. They learnt their lessons.

Posted by Jono November 13, 08 05:06 AM
51.

These pictures are incredible, the raw beauty of the land and people juxstaposed against a modern evil... Interesting to hear how the Afghan's are being blamed for 9-11, I don't believe there were any Afghans involved in the destruction of the Towers or the Pentagon. If the history of Afghanistan and the Pashtuns tells us anything, it's that the Afghan's will enevitably win this so-called "war" and the only legacy left will be a new battle-hardened generation of youths.

Posted by Denny November 13, 08 05:39 AM
52.

#34 - No war isn't entertainment. These pictures show some of that reality and more Americans need to see pictures like these - they're the tip of the iceberg - and beautifully done. Perhaps the media is not "allowed" to post the real pictures. The ones with soldier's dying, having limbs blown off, watching their friends get killed, trying like hell to protect themselves. It's the responsibility of the American people to educate themselves. Read books and stories of returning warriors. Don't depend on the media for everything.

I saw nothing normalizing warfare in these pictures.

Posted by LilP November 13, 08 06:10 AM
53.

please let's go home, there's nothing out there for us

Posted by lula November 13, 08 07:14 AM
54.

It's incredible, years pass and yet the comments you can find in the Internet are the same.
Please, can you think WHAT on earth would cause anyone to suicide bomb a building in the US? Blind hatred for innocent citizens?
You were lied to, time after time and still choose to believe that you are "a beacon of democracy and freedom to the world". Well, you are not.
The US is one of the most hated countries in the world and is not because we envy your lifestyle, it's because all the evil things you did EVERYWHERE in the world, my country (Uruguay) included.
Stop glorifying murder, use your brains!

Posted by Get over ourselves people November 13, 08 07:21 AM
55.

Another futile immoral war Americans have managed to get themselves involved in.

Posted by Christiaan November 13, 08 07:45 AM
56.

Nothing like being a government tool that only serves the interests of the rich and the well-connected few.

If they come home alive, they can look forward to unemployment, no healthcare insurance, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcoholism, drug abuse, divorce, depression, suicide.

Good times...good times...

Posted by Ben November 13, 08 08:00 AM
57.

This area is a hotbed of support for the infamous Haqqani network, a group of Pashtun taliban that support AlQaeda. And yes, the Haqqani network was helpful in allowing Obama BinLaden and Zawahiri to plan their attacks from Afghanistan against America on 911.

None are so blind as those who (wearing their ideological blinders) refuse to see.

Posted by Defend America November 13, 08 08:55 AM
58.

In regards to #8, that monkey was a pain in the ass and was killed shortly after that picture was taken.

Posted by Viper Co November 13, 08 09:29 AM
59.

Great Pictures. See How difficult it is for the Soldiers to fight this war.

The Maniacs, in the name of religion trouble so many innocent men, women and children. They go and hijack the illiterate and helpless villagers. They dont allow anyone to get educated either. Shame on them. But alas, they are all misguided and deserve sympathy and Love. Let us all pray for peace and reason for these misguided youth and men, who think they are doing the right thing in the name of religion. In reality God would not want all this bloodshed - whatever the religion be. Love and Peace to All.


Posted by Sandy November 13, 08 09:35 AM
60.

Great pics but this is a pointless war. I've respect for you guys, but hope you all return home soon. God bless ya all!
a guy from Hungary

Posted by jani November 13, 08 09:45 AM
61.

Howitzer.

There is no "L" in HOWITZER. So there you go.

Posted by Jake November 13, 08 09:48 AM
62.

Typos fixed, thanks Jake.

Posted by alan taylor November 13, 08 09:52 AM
63.

jeez, what a giant waste of time. Let the Taliban have it and just bomb a few key targets every now and then. The US public doesn't have the stomach for the ceaseless conflict their enemies have planned. They had lost this one before they even begun...within five years they'll quietly wind down and leave it to the Taliban....pointless

At least there was oil in Iraq

Posted by Barry November 13, 08 09:56 AM
64.

Even though I do not agree with the most of the US foreign politics, I support fight against the Talibans because they are a disgrace to the Human race and to Islam.

The photos are very good and moving, especially the last 2 ones. I should say they are ironic, but death is nothing to laugh about. RIP.

Matko Cerniar, Croatia

Posted by MaCe November 13, 08 09:58 AM
65.

To the complete morons who keep saying "little villages didnt attack the US" and "the US should stop bombing little villages" what are you smoking? It must be all the opium that managed to make it out of Afganistan even though the US and its allies are trying to stop the trade. These "cavemen" aren't helpless, defenseless "backward" people. At one time their ancestors (who were incredibly warlike and advanced for their time) controlled an empire that stretched from Iran to northern Africa.

Also, one thing that strikes me is how young many of these soldiers are!

Posted by Kemp November 13, 08 10:18 AM
66.

Amazing how much these pictures remind me of photos from Vietnam, from the firebases like Khe Sahn to the artillery and bomb explosion shots to the closeups of indigenous personnel. Great photography, but it does so look like other conflicts we've seen, eh?

#23, vous avez raison, et je suis complete en accord (deslole pour ma connaissance de françcais....mais on essait).

Posted by MojoGuzzi November 13, 08 11:37 AM
67.

Fortunately America (like the Soviet Union before it) has bankrupted itself starting unwinnable wars to "liberate" people who didn't want to be liberated.

This debacle will be over soon enough. America cannot afford it. The Americans who died will have died in vain.

On the plus side, we might get some oil contracts from Iraq, so every cloud an all that?

Posted by tonto November 13, 08 11:56 AM
68.

I will only say this... you may not support the war, you may not support the ideas behind it and you may think we should get out. But the bottom line is that the soldiers fighting over there are Americans, brave, honorable Americans who are not only doing their job, but safeguarding your rights and your freedom. They are your negibors, your co-workers, and for some of us, our family.

Support the soldiers even if you don't support the war.

Those are our husbands, brothers, sons (wives, daughters and sisters too) over there... they belong to a family, they are loved, they are missed. Pray for their safety and be strong enough to separate the war from the soldiers no matter what you believe.

Posted by Tucker November 13, 08 12:04 PM
69.

Amazing how quickly poeple forget that nearly 3,000 americans were killed on 9/11/2001 by the people these soldiers are hunting in those mountains

Posted by joel (active duty AF) November 13, 08 12:32 PM
70.

All those pictures are simply incredible, but the last one broke my heart.

Posted by Xanthippas November 13, 08 12:35 PM
71.

This was very moving to me. Thank you MILITARY & ALL LEVELS OF RANK. It's you that allow's me to walk the street's of AMERICA SAFELY & FREELY. We have been truley blessed that you all fight for our freedom . Regardless of what or how I feel about this war I THANK YOU DEEPLY. MY daughter had a VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION & it moved me & brought to tears to my eyes. As I sat there & thought of each and everyone of you FIGHTING. We have tought our kids to say thank you to all MILITARY to apperciate what you all do. GOD BLESS YOU ALL & COME HOME SAFELY.

Posted by CRISTY November 13, 08 12:50 PM
72.

Why isn't 1LT Mohsin Naqvi rank posted with his name? It mentions he is an Army Officer, but fails to mention his rank.

Posted by Will November 13, 08 01:02 PM
73.

the taliban didnt start anything with us, we started it with them. our beef is with osama. the taliban had nothing to do with 911. are they barbaric and violent? yes, but so are a lot of societies. the actual reason we are there is to sell weapons. my 6 year-old niece understands that you cant catch something if it ALWAYS has a safe escape route and 100% safe haven(pakistan). so you cant convince me that if a 6 year-old can understand the basic flaw in this logic, that our "mighty" and "intelligent" government hasnt figured it out yet. but the thing is, they have figured it out. if your object is to be an ongoing arms dealer, then this current strategy is not "flawed", but instead "perfect". for their objective, US policy is currently "perfect".

safe haven

Posted by vince November 13, 08 01:09 PM
74.

We left Afgan 19 years ago. You`ll leave it 20 years later. History repeating :)

Posted by rus November 13, 08 01:20 PM
75.

and just one comment to "kemp" you are surprised how young the soldiers are? honestly, who do you think we send to die? every society sends its kids to die. people in control dont go off to fight and die. they send the people they control off to die. kids have no money, no power and no political power. plus theyre easy to brainwash. plus the 18 to 22 year-olds body can take the pounding that obviously goes with battle. im floored by your comment. did you seriously think that 30 and 40 year-olds were picking up guns, going to some remote mountain in some remote country and then start randomly shooting at some villagers? war is not a young mans game. its a kids game controlled by adults. this is universal.

Posted by vince November 13, 08 01:21 PM
76.

My husband is 44 years old and did his tour in Iraq last year. We do send our babies, but we also send our 30 and 40 year olds and up.

Posted by Warwife November 13, 08 01:42 PM
77.

Those are great photos. And it shows soldiers and marines who are making tremendous sacrifices for us all.

To many of the commentators, some naive, some just plain whako. Grow up and get a clue. Really.

Posted by aod November 13, 08 02:05 PM
78.

The pictures help us understand what is happening over there. It takes us out of our safe little homes for a moment and into a place where we don't want to go. But what really makes me want to cry are the insensitive, uneducated, comments from people who don't want to see these images either because they want to compartmentalize the war into a neat little package of "necessary, but over there, not here" or "unforgivable, I didn't want the war. It shouldn't be happening, so I'll close my eyes to it." This is happening NOW and we all need to be aware of the lives that are being affected.

Posted by Sunny Circle November 13, 08 02:34 PM
79.

To: Anonymous...I think the word you were looking for is "deluded," not "diluted." How far did you get in school? I think I'd remain "anonymous" too.

Posted by Erv November 13, 08 03:03 PM
80.

I think Tucker #68 said it best . We need to pray for our troops no matter how we feel about war .It's going to be getting cold soon and we need to do anything we can do to help .When your sitting down this Thanksgiving look around at your family . Give them a hug ,and be thankful for our soldiers .
Please LORD ,bring them home safe and end all this fighting.

Posted by Linder November 13, 08 03:06 PM
81.

amazing pictures Veterans day is a good reminder that soldiers are fighting every day

Posted by rosa November 13, 08 03:44 PM
82.

Having been there myself, I'll refrain from pointing out how incredibly stupid some of these comments are.

The photographer did an outstanding job of capturing a few moments in the lives of real men daily facing a bullet that can kill them before they ever hear it coming, or shrapnel that can maim them in ways you can never imagine. Bless the families that will bear their loss, or care for them for life.

On a personal note, pay attention to the small things. The flavored water in #25 for example. Those flavored powder packs are one of God's small gifts to a grunt. With #22, I can taste the dust, and it tastes horrible. #24, the air is thin and everything feels heavier.

The ones that stand out to me aren't about the drama. Look at #7 and #9. They know that they are being watched. They know a bullet can kill them and they will never even know it happened. But they are walking anyway.

God Bless them all. There's a lot of people, some on this board, who won't. Call yourselves patriotic if you want, but don't you dare call yourselves men.

Posted by Dave November 13, 08 04:05 PM
83.

First of all I am European, White and you wold never tell by looking at me having blond hair and blue eyes that I am muslim as well. It may be little different / modern type of Islam we practice in Europe but it is the religion that many idiots think all muslims are terrorist.
I am still in the Army reserve, was deplyed in Iraq 2004/ 05, from Najaf , to Kazamyiah, Mosul and to Baqouba. I am prod to be an american and I am proud I served this country, but I hate seeing rednecks and haters playing big patriots here at home watching Fox and CNN and calling for hate on all the muslims in the world. Take your ass over and support us all. ANyway,f** em, and always support our troops.


N H

Posted by Bosnian November 13, 08 04:20 PM
84.

There is no apostrophe in Veterans Day.

http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetday_faq.asp


Great photos as always.

Posted by billybastion November 13, 08 05:08 PM
85.

GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE WAR TO AFGANISTAN INSTEAD OF FIGHTING IT ON OUR HOMELAND. THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED ON 9-11 THEY BROUGHT THE WAR TO US. I SUPPORT PRESIDENT BUSH IN HIS DECISION. IT TOOK COURGAGE AND A GREAT STRENGHT FOR HIM TO STAND UP AND FIGHT. THE PICTURES ARE MAGNIFICENT. MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL THE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO GVE ME THE OPERTUNITY TO WRITE ON THIS BLOG AND TO ENJOY THE FREEDOM ONLY AMERICANS HAVE. THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH WHAT IS GOING ON SHOULD MOVE TO ANOTHER COUNTRY AND TRY IT OUT FOR A WHILE. YOU WILL SOON SEE THAT FREEDOM IS NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU DESERVE IT IS A PRIVILEDGE THAT YOU EARN. GOD BLESS AMERICA!
SARAH PALIN AND JOE THE PLUMBER 2012



Posted by kayedee November 13, 08 05:47 PM
86.

Comment #82: Dave, your comment is by far the most illuminating one that I read so far in this series. And I did read all of them... (I must say my brain tried to flee several times)
It gave me what I consider a most precious insight.
I thank you very much from all my heart

Posted by Miguel November 13, 08 06:01 PM
87.

The lack of understanding of what has happened in the world from some of these respondents is startling. There is a reason 9/11 hasn't been repeated on our shores again (or worse). You'll see several examples in the pictures above. Thank you troops for keepng us safe, and for bringing the battle to the the lands of our enemies, not ours.

Posted by KZ November 13, 08 06:42 PM
88.

and just one comment to "kemp" you are surprised how young the soldiers are? honestly, who do you think we send to die? every society sends its kids to die. people in control dont go off to fight and die. they send the people they control off to die. kids have no money, no power and no political power. plus theyre easy to brainwash. plus the 18 to 22 year-olds body can take the pounding that obviously goes with battle. im floored by your comment. did you seriously think that 30 and 40 year-olds were picking up guns, going to some remote mountain in some remote country and then start randomly shooting at some villagers? war is not a young mans game. its a kids game controlled by adults. this is universal.

Posted by vince November 13, 08 07:33 PM
89.

to #69: im afraid youre wrong. there isnt one person in those hills that had anything to do with 9-11, unless osama happens to just be sitting there right now. we dont even know if hes alive. and yes these native people are trying to kill our soldiers. if they were here bombing our country EVERY DAY, then we would be trying to kill them too. it took "them" years to pull off 9-11 and its been 7 years since that one-time event happened. could it happen again? maybe. but i guarantee you that no one living in those villages is capable or desiring to attack american soil. there are a few radical nut cases running around everywhere. but most of those folks just want us to go home and leave them alone.

Posted by vince November 13, 08 07:51 PM
90.

I've lost two very close friends in Afghanistan alone. When I see these pictures it take me back to cold mornings, scorching afternoons, eternal nights. I remember not remembering the names of the days anymore. I remember drinking water until I was sick, then drinking strawberry crystal light until I was sick and switching back to plain water. I remember the taste of fine silt in my mouth, and the same silt turning to pancake batter on the bottoms of my boots after the first rain.

I remember the helpful Iraqis, and the manipulative Iraqis, and the Iraqis who didn't care one way or another.

Please keep up the excellent work.

Posted by CPL Beenthere November 13, 08 08:00 PM
91.

and to 76: i appreciate your husbands sacrifice, but my point is valid. the large majority of our fighter are kids. and to #87: what happened on 9-11 was 100% preventable. there are multiple verifiable reports filed be several govt agencies reporting muslims learning to fly but not wanting to learn to land the plane. the reason it happened is because part of our government did their jobs exemplary and another part of our government stonewalled them and allowed the attack to happen. why? theories abound. but the undeniable fact is that "we" knew about it and did nothing about it. our bombing some 50 year old lady who cant read and has no freedom is certainly not a factor in our safety.

Posted by vince November 13, 08 08:28 PM
92.

WOW, you almost forget this is even happening...thank you for reminding us. With the holidays upon us, I wonder if there is anyway to send these brave soldiers some supplies they might need/want? Dave (comment 82) since you were there, do you know a way? Please know I am sincere in this request...God Bless and watch over them...Kate

Posted by kate November 13, 08 08:49 PM
93.

Man, these fantastic images make me want to be a war photographer even more. Fascinating subject.

Posted by Kevin Sherman November 13, 08 09:12 PM
94.

#9: It's a Romanian PSL. Same round as the Dragunov (7.62x54R mm) but a completely different mechanical system. The PSL has the same gas piston setup as the AK-47, whereas the Dragunov uses a short-stroke gas piston mechanism.

But yes, you're right that it's an odd thing for a U.S. soldier to be carrying. I have seen pictures fo a few of them in theatre, though, in the hands of Romanian soldiers. So it's not completely out of the question.

I have a PSL. It's not a bad rifle, though it could stand a heavier recoil spring, and the magazines, frankly, suck.

Posted by perlhaqr November 13, 08 09:18 PM
95.

Most of the a%$#holes denigrating the soldiers don't happen to be Americans, but rather W. Europeans who have had the benefit of 5 decades of peace provided by the United States. Sometimes I wish the US had gone into isolationism after WWII and left the W. Europeans to their own devices against the Soviets. The Soviets could have impoverished W. Europe like they stripped E. Germany bare, and we would be nice and safe behind the Atlantic. Better yet, we should have left the Soviets and the Nazis duke it out all over Europe instead of supporting ungrateful nations. Get a grip. I agree that Iraq was a war of choice, but last I remember, OBL was in league with the Taliban. You tell me--what was the alternative? What would you say to the loved ones of those who died on 9-11? I'd really like to hear it.

Posted by Rational Man November 13, 08 11:08 PM
96.

#28 - the soldiers *do* give the people food & supplies. I send care packages to soldiers, and they often request toys, school supplies, clothes and basic medical items for the local people. Plus the roads & infrastructure the soldiers are building are meant to help the local people improve their lives. Unfortunately such improvements (especially schools) are prime targets for the Taliban. You are so concerned about the Afghan people, you must be working hard to improve their lives, yes? Feel free to tell us all about it.

Posted by Cromert November 13, 08 11:17 PM
97.

#92 - There are many organizations that can help you send packages to soldiers. Search for AnySoldier.com, Books for Soldiers, or Soldiers Angels. They are all good places to find out how to send care packages. Their websites also have links to other soldier support groups. Find one you feel comfortable with and support our soldiers. I do it. Its fun and rewarding!

Posted by Cromert November 13, 08 11:21 PM
98.

You egg sucking critics of our troops-get a life. You criticize our making war on people who attacked us, not our military but helpless civilians. Whether you are European or American you lounge in comfort under the umbrella of U.S. defense forces that keep the terrorists occupied in their country rather than on your street. You like to believe that it is a coincidence that we have not been attacked again in the last seven years. With reasoning like that you are probably amazed that the sun rises in the east EVERY day.

I"ve worn the uniform of the U.S. Army and I've buried a brother killed in combat by the Nazis. I have paid my dues. The conditions depicted in these great photos leaves me in awe of the strength and dedication of our troops. Yes, they are young, only the young have the clear eyesight, quick reflexes, and cardio capacity to perform under those conditions. They all volunteered, they are all winners in the game of life where courage is a large part of the criteria. That is something the long haired, maggot infested, dope smoking lounge lizards with their neo-intellectual criticism will never experience or understand. If you are not WILLING to take up arms to defend this country you are enjoying the fruits without paying your dues.

One thing more #54, If the US is the most reviled country in the world why are thousands of all nationalities trying to move here? Are Americans lined up at the borders of Uruguay seeking entry? Didn't think so! Your envy is obvious, your argument specious.


Posted by Grant November 14, 08 01:53 AM
99.

#82....Best damn comment so far !

Posted by Matt November 14, 08 02:22 AM
100.

To the boys and girls who serve and protect and to their family and loved ones....MAY THE GOOD LORD WATCH OVER YOU always.

Posted by Ben November 14, 08 03:12 AM
101.

occupants!

Posted by stk November 14, 08 04:02 AM
102.

To Dave #82 - Well said. Thank you and thank you for your service!!

Posted by LilP November 14, 08 06:14 AM
103.

Great pics. I did'nt know that US uses Soviet Dragunov 7,62x53R sniper rifles as shown in picture #14 :)

Posted by tunkki November 14, 08 06:28 AM
104.

Komeita kuvia oli!

Posted by Nurtsi November 14, 08 07:50 AM
105.

#47 (from Germany)

We are honoring US Veterans here - nobody cares what you think.
If you don't have anything better to say...SHUT UP!

Posted by shdwfx November 14, 08 11:06 AM
106.

#97, THANK YOU!!

Posted by Kate November 14, 08 11:40 AM
107.

Picture 14 is a Romanian PSL, it only looks like a drag. Has a gas system more like an AK than a Dragunov.

Posted by Anonymous November 14, 08 12:07 PM
108.

Beautifully done pictures.

AMAZING bunch of guys.

Thanks to each and every one of you.

Posted by Jenny November 14, 08 12:51 PM
109.

Its funny because those people dont look like they can afford even one plane ticket even if they all chip in ... much less 19.

Who were the terrorists again? I see a bunch of dirt-poor illiterate farmers who look happier behind a sheep than a WMD.

Perhaps your weak little brain has been hijacked?

Posted by christian November 14, 08 12:58 PM
110.

I work for the Veterans Hospital. Every day I thank military men and women for their service. And I mean it, sincerely, every single time.

And although they are in an unpopular war and often disrespected by the civilians they are serving, I must say that the vast majority of the veterans I've met from Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, etc, have been very kind and well mannered people. These veterans have been polite and appreciative of the care they receive. They deserve much more than the government currently has to offer.

If you see a veteran, or someone who is currently serving in the military, let them know that their sacrifice is appreciated. After all, people thank their doctors, hair stylists, janitorial staff and baristas but totally ignore the men and women willing to die to protect "the American way."


Posted by Amanda November 14, 08 03:12 PM
111.

@50

Look at what we did to Berlin, Hiroshima, Nagasaki for the actions of a few..now that was destruction!!!

Anyway, I am proud of my Marine brothers, and Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors.

Semper fi, may they all make it home safe.

Posted by Chris C. November 14, 08 04:07 PM
112.

I wish people would stop and try to imagine themselves in other peoples shoes, boots or sandals before making comments. My only wish is for the human race to finally evolve into a peace loving society. Arguments on both sides make sense, but no one is willing to go to a middle ground. Has anyone talked to the middle eastern people and found out what they want? What does the U.S. want to achieve with the invasion?

One more comment: Freedom is a human right, be it God given if you're religious or acquired if you are a naturalist. As long as your actions don't hurt another I can't see why we can't live in peace.

Posted by Patrick L. November 14, 08 04:58 PM
113.

It seems the Americans are doing a lot more Killing than Dying. In a country where the're not wanted.--- Time to pack up and go home!

Posted by Chris November 14, 08 05:11 PM
114.

My son is in the 1 -26 and is somewhere in that valley. He is not with Viper Co. or Battle Co. but the work they do is vital to all concerned. The pictures are magnificent. Thank you for showing me where my son is and what he is facing. I will pray for all in the 1-26 who do the work the rest of the world is too cowardly to take on.

Posted by Marguerite M. November 14, 08 06:14 PM
115.

Number 47 (From Germany)
It may be an unpopular war with varying oppinions of the American public. Our right and freedom to express our opinion was given to us through our Constitution by our forefathers. As Americans, we express those opinions because of our Constitutional rights. You, Germany, must feel that is a good thing based on your comment you believed you needed to submit. However, stating our soldiers are stupid who serve our country so bravely and unquestionably is disrespectful and not acceptable. If you are looking for someone to call STUPID, you only need to look into a mirror. By the way, dummy, one of the most STUPID and EVIL wars in recorded history was from your own back yard!!!!

into a mirror!!!

Posted by Craig Kimray November 14, 08 06:15 PM
116.

The faces of war never change, but they do seem to get younger every time I see them. May God hold them in the palm of his hand.

Posted by Robert in Austin Tx November 14, 08 09:33 PM
117.

#82, God Bless You and thank you for your service. You're the reason my family can sleep safe at night.

From the 3rd Infantry Association: Rock of the Marne!

Posted by 3rd ID November 14, 08 10:12 PM
118.

There is nothing wrong with pacifism--so long as there are others willing to bear the burden for confronting aggression. If you are attacked, you have the right to defend yourself. There are some on this blog that decry the deaths of innocents, as they should. Innocents will always die in war. But by that same logic, then, the US should not have fought the Nazis because that surely would have resulted in innocent deaths. The real issue is both one of justice and of the greater good-- was it just to pursue the originators of 9-11, and is the world better off having an Afghanistan from which al-Qaeda could continue to plan and execute similar operations? I would hope the rational people would say no. There is only one place OBL can hide, and that is on the Afghan-Pakistan border. For reasons of sovereignty, we cannot and should not go into Pakistan if there is no proof that they have aided and abetted OBL (for the same reasons that the Iraq invasion was also dubious). However, there is ample evidence that the original planning and financing for 9-11 originated in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. You are an idiot if you deny that.

Posted by Rational Man November 14, 08 10:25 PM
119.

I spent 22 years in many real units, from the 7th and 3rd ID's, to the 82nd ABN Div ... as well as more REMF assignments than I care to remember. You guys are the absolute best. I WILL find a way to join you for one more party.

MLP (callsign 'Coldstick'), USA ret.

Posted by Mike Paterson November 15, 08 12:56 AM
120.

Democracy on the move...)

Posted by asqw November 15, 08 04:31 AM
121.

Is there an Russian SVD (Dragunov) sniper rifle on picture 14(on the right)?

Posted by Denis November 15, 08 06:44 AM
122.

SAD ENDING PICTURES....
I Hope his bro rest in peace... Ameen!

Posted by anonymous November 15, 08 09:28 AM
123.

Amazing photos and for you out there that have never lived and fought in Afghanistan this is the closest some of you will ever be to understanding what everyday is like there for us. After serving two tours and being involved, this is nothing short of a incredible tribute to those fighting there now. Once again thank you for the photos. MT

Posted by michael tumminelli November 15, 08 10:59 AM
124.

to 121: yes, this is SVD

Posted by lexus39 November 15, 08 11:32 AM
125.

YANKEE GO HOME!!!

Posted by sad November 15, 08 11:42 AM
126.

Dam!! What we are doing?

Posted by Pablo November 15, 08 12:44 PM
127.

Dearest Jonny, I'm proud of you son, as you do your medic duties to these brave men. My heart is in Kunar with you and I pray for all of you, safety, confusion in the enemy's camp, favor with locals and peace in the midst of war. I ask all others who read this to stop a moment, and ask for GOD's favor on our sons and brothers and husbands and fathers, nephews and uncles, fiances and boyfriends, these brave men and their families, Bless you in the name of the LORD our GOD!! I pray "But I will defend my house against marauding forces. Never again will an oppressor overrun my people, for now I am keeping
watch." Zechariah 9:8 LORD keep watch over our boys!

Posted by Charlotte November 15, 08 12:49 PM
128.

To comment 28, before you talk maybe you should educate yourself. These soldiers have outreaches for schools and health clinics, so get off your tush, stop whining about things you know not and send supplies for kids, schools, etc. Pencils, papers, Beanie Babies, scissors, band aides ( I send pretty colors for the kids) Do something!!! It's easy to criticize, be a part of making peace!!!!

Posted by Charlotte November 15, 08 12:56 PM
129.

What great pictures! They really show the reality of the fighting there! I admire our soldiers fighting in such a difficult environment!

Posted by Peter November 15, 08 01:14 PM
130.

Memento moris. Nice Photos .

Posted by Sebao89 Pl November 15, 08 01:37 PM
131.

115. You wrote: "Our right and freedom to express our opinion was given to us through our Constitution". NO! Your freedom to express your opinion is an innate, natural right. The Constitution PROHIBITS GOVERNMENT to interfere with it.
Before you talk about an unconstitutional war - try to learn a little bit about what the founders had to say about just and unjust wars.

Posted by Sete November 15, 08 02:09 PM
132.

Just a people. Nice done.

Posted by :) November 15, 08 02:18 PM
133.

stupid war!!

Posted by Artem November 15, 08 02:19 PM
134.

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Posted by tomasz radzik November 15, 08 03:44 PM
135.

I do not believe that the person just elected is going to help this country against terrorism, no liberals will. We as a country must never forget 9-11 on our soil. As a former Marine who served this country am appaled by whom this country has put into office to run our country, he has never served this country and cannot even salute our flag, what a disgrace to all of our troops who have served this country past and present. I am truly sad to say that we as a country will be very disappointed in the outcome from this election. This war can only be successful if we as a nation finish what has been started. "Don't Tread On Me" . Good job troops.

Posted by Mike 0331 November 15, 08 04:08 PM
136.

As a four time wounded US Marine Forward Observer from the Vietnam War (1966-1968), there is nothing that I can add to the photos or the statements made by each of the participants. Everything that can be said, has been said, except for one thing. WIN!!! WIN!!! WIN!!!

Posted by Mike Harris November 15, 08 05:31 PM
137.

beautiful photos

Posted by Anonymous November 15, 08 05:39 PM
138.

Great photos. SO much emotions in them.
Support to every solider US, and NATO Forces in Afghanistan.

Posted by Murphy November 15, 08 05:44 PM
139.

why us marine guy on #14 is using russian SWD?

Posted by sniper November 15, 08 06:09 PM
140.

I served my country in many situations including Korea, and indo-China (before it became viet Nasm, Laos and Cambodia). I left my beloved Corps because i honestly did not think I was going to get out of the next one alive. If we as a nation want to engage in wars, Let's do this: Let the leaders of both parties of the conflict, strip off buck naked, give each of them a k-bar and let them settle the differences. I'm too old to fight any more, but I still feel a pang of remorse with such picture of our youth. what a way to waste it.

Posted by Ethan Lightfoot November 15, 08 07:26 PM
141.

Retired USAF colonel with a son who just returned from Iraq. The brave men and women an active duty are attempting to keep chaos (the likes of which you have never experienced) from our shores. If you have never given back to your country. don't complain bacause you are riding high. Don't give up your weapons if you have any bacause the second amendment was put just below freedom of speech to give the citizenry the ability to cast off a repressive government such as just gained power in your country.

Posted by Dr B. W. Hubbuch, Jr November 15, 08 08:00 PM
142.

The pictures are beautiful but they need to be front & center everyday until we get it! We Held an event at our Maine Mall on Veterans Day so we could talk with people one on one about what we do,Friends of Maine Veterans: was over whelm with the response, not so much from the public altho-though they were great, but many young soldiers,and military families talked with us, who aren’t getting their needs met! That’s why we posted this event and wanted to direct attention to IAVA.org one of the best informational ORG. sites there is. WE MUST FACE THE TRUTH THAT THAT THESE YOUNG MEN & WOMAN BRING THE BATTLE FIELD HOME WITH THEM, THEY ALWAYS HAVE, THAT GOING TO WAR CHANGES WHO YOU ARE! AND WE MUST NOT SUPPRESS TRAUMA IN THE BODY, BECUSE WE KNOW THAT LEADS TO LONG TERM DISEASE AND SUFFERING! Not only for the soldier but the family around him or her!
The picture the kids drew during the day to send to the guys in Iraq and Afghanistan are incredible, I wish I could show them here, these kids have a lot to say about the wars we are fighting. Our mission
To educate,support,and advocate, for Veterans, troops and their families with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) ,TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)and other stress related and mental health issues, at no cost to them. Using fund raisers, angel contributors and a volunteer bank of healing arts practitioners. To include seeking grants for research into the newest methods of healing treatment models.
To include a research bank of information, crisis management,support for the diverse needs our soldiers and their families present in our Maine communities throughout the military.
Dahana Lake
Executive Director and Founder
35 Storer St
Saco, Maine 04072
dahanalake@gmail.com
207-400-0330

Next to Portland Jetport in South Portland Join us on Veterans Day! Making a difference for our soldiers and veterans. Come show your support. We'll have a crafts table for the kids to draw pictures and make elves ornaments to send over in APO boxes. Come on in bring in an item our guys and gals most often ask for:Shampoo,deodorant,toothpaste,eye drops,lip-balm,body wash,wet wipes,trail mix,nuts,powdered drink mixes,ramen noodles,gum,hard candy, chocolate bars,,cookies,magazines,playing cards,crossword puzzles,frisbees,soccer balls,basketballs,CDs, DVDs,blank cards,pens ziplock bags,blank stationary and anything else you think might make our men and women smile through this holiday season! We'll make sure we get these boxes to those who need it most!

we are hoping to run this event once more next week we had such a great response

Posted by Dahana Lake November 16, 08 07:58 AM
143.

Why am I not surprised at the majority of responses from Europeans? If it wasn't for us, the Brits, and the Canadians you would all still be speaking German. Or Russian. You're welcome, ingrates.

Posted by Ron November 16, 08 08:00 AM
144.

Dave, post #82: THANK YOU, BROTHER!!!! I'm a veteran as well, so I call you brother because in a way we are brothers in arms and always will be. {{Thumbs Up emoticon, if I had one}}}


Posted by Ron November 16, 08 08:06 AM
145.

"...and the beat goes on..." How stupid this war idea. No end, ever. All that commented here if together in a room could begin still another one and it too un-winable. And they are always blessed by these "Gods"... How futile.

Posted by Louis Koester November 16, 08 09:42 AM
146.

Great thanks to brave americans, protecting our southern frontiers !

Posted by Maxim from Russia November 16, 08 02:57 PM
147.

If you can't walk the walk, don't talk the talk

Posted by SGT Richard C. Swann USArmy Sig Ret November 16, 08 03:08 PM
148.

My comments has been expressed in numbers 65,68,69,71,77, 80,82,85, l43. The American soldier is not in any foreign land to occupy it, but to defend that land to free the people. As known, the only foreign land the Americans request if for land to bury some of their dead while defending that land......

Posted by mimi November 16, 08 04:34 PM
149.

Remember this: Soldiers die for their country when their country is attacked. Soldiers die for their government when their country attacks. (Neither Afghanistan nor Iraq attacked the U.S.)

Posted by Ron Baron November 16, 08 07:17 PM
150.

Great pics...obviously, because the response is phenomenal!

You know, one could probably call me "anti-war". But, I am not anti-soldier. I am not anti-human. And, I certainly believe in God. I got all of these rights, from soldiers and governments and laws from sane people that opted to talk. But, I have learned, that some people, just won't talk. They throw acid on little girls that try to go to school and then run like cowards ... Some people, just don't talk. Aren't you glad that the possiblity of that happening in America is pretty low? Why do you suppose that is? Do you know a little girl that can go to school with her friends and walk there pretty safely?

At any rate, I joined Soldier's Angels. If you're looking for a place to demonstrate your rights to help end this war....then find a way to do something. Send a Christmas card to someone that needs it the most. I promise you, a Christmas card isn't going to kill anyone, but it may keep someone alive. Can you afford that time, that effort, are you able to share just that much love? Sitting here typing about it isn't going to change a thing. If you want to make a difference instead of balk about it....then do it.

Seriously. It helps you to feel good. It makes others feel good. Don't walk around with nasty words flying from your tongues. Be proud, be strong - do something good!

Posted by Patti November 16, 08 07:22 PM
151.

It is not the uniform that is heroic, it is the deed. So remember that when you read that our ''boys'' have bombed, or shot, innocent civilians.

Posted by Ron Baron November 16, 08 07:51 PM
152.

God bless all you guys fighting there! Thank you for keeping my family and I safe for so long. Keep up the good work.

Posted by Jordan November 16, 08 08:40 PM
153.

GRATEFUL for such a tremendous generation who give themselves selflessly for a cause greater than themselves.... to emancipate a people confined in a dark ideology of "honor killing" and disrespect for those of other faiths, and brutal suppression of the rights of all, especially girls and women....
Where to draw the line? OUR comfort? OUR safety? OUR rights? OUR freedom? OUR PRIVILEGES... are we so selfishly unwilling to share it?
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Nobody likes war, least of all those in it. Ask Japanese, Koreans, many Europeans why their economies and lives thrive, today... Others who went before us shed their blood so many, many, in the world today may now complain, whine, and insult those who died for their present privilege. Something they were denied before the few gave their lives. One day how many middle Easterners will live free from the domination of a few corrupted men with delusions of grandeur? How terrible it would be for them to be able to vote, begin their own businesses, and choose their own, instead of having everything from birth to death imposed upon them by tin-pot dictators. Many who have commented here enjoy rolling around int these rights and privileges, but would deny them to millions and millions of the world's poor. Thank you for the photos which in such a small way illustrate this next "greatest generation." We all pray the Prince of Peace will sooon prevail.

Posted by Jay November 16, 08 09:36 PM
154.

It's certainly IS a good thing that soldiers are willing to stand up and do heroic deeds!

It's a good thing too, that, unlike the insurgents, they DO have uniforms, and are recognizable.

I would like to offer this...... be cautious with thoughts. "Innocents" can be a very broad term in some cultures, and change with the time of day.

Why were the innocent civilians hanging out in the targeted area? How many pictures have you seen of soldier's playing with, comforting and holding, and distributing toys/clothing to the beautiful Iraqi and Afghan children? Are you certain that those are the same areas that they shoot? Or are those the areas where they are rebuilding? Or are those the areas where taliban send a car bomb to a marketplace? The same marketplace that has children playing in the streets?

Again, think positive, and spend time doing something good for someone. Send mittens and coat to the children over there. Send a Christmas card to a soldier. Those children have nothing, and it would be awfully nice if everyone here could send one little thing......over there that would bring a smile.

It's the right thing to do.

Anyone that questions whether our boys are "heroes" or not, probably should hop a plane and go find out. They may want to take a soldier with them.

Posted by Patti November 16, 08 10:39 PM
155.

The American people need to see more photos like #30 and #31. For years they've been fed a horribly distorted picture of Islam and they need to realize that there are plenty of Muslims who have volunteered to serve in the US armed forces - good, decent, American men and women who have paid the ultimate price by giving their lives for their country. Those men and women deserve our respect every bit as much as any other American who dies in wartime and Muslim American civilians deserve our respect every bit as much as any other American, for they *are* Americans just like the rest of us

"E Pluribus Unum" - "Out of many, one." Never forget that.

Posted by Matt November 16, 08 10:45 PM
156.

Well said, Matt.

Posted by Patti November 16, 08 11:33 PM
157.

Moriréis como imbéciles,
yo no pienso ir.

Posted by Evarist November 17, 08 10:39 AM
158.

My cousin, a Canadian soldier, was killed in Kandahar earlier this year. He believed he was making a difference. His last tour was his second. I cannot tell you how his loss has affected his (and ultimately my) family. I don't have a political point to make here, just wanted to say that I think about him every day and the young family that he left behind.

Posted by Steve November 17, 08 11:12 AM
159.

Only blessings,
May the God of creation bless & keep these of Americas best, from harm as they
serch out thoes who would do us harm. Keep them safe and give them the
curadge and insite to know we here at home continuly lift them in our prayers.
Bless them Lord...

Posted by Wendell Wayne Love November 17, 08 12:28 PM
160.

It amazes me how the photos (the snippets of essence) of war and combat do not essentially change from conflict to conflict. In Vietnam I was a bush Corpsman with the 2/26th Marines in mid September, 1968 in the north central highlands. On the 17th I was wounded; part of a 5 day high casualty (70%+) engagement. We were landed and med-evaced on Chinooks though ours were not so nicely equipped as in the #23 photo. Though it was 39 and 40 years ago the "mental processes" of #s 25 & 27 are still vivid. Once combat is lived it never dies. I think # 23 is arty, not mortar; too big. -- "War" is a political statement, "combat" is what marines and soldiers do. May God bless and keep all who bear arms!

Posted by Raymond A. Smith, II November 17, 08 02:22 PM
161.

God bless and thanks to all our military!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Andy November 17, 08 03:05 PM
162.

When will we ever learn?

Posted by Gary.UK November 17, 08 03:07 PM
163.

#133 If the war is so stupid, then maybe you need to go to a country that doesn't fight for your freedom and then maybe you will realize and appreciate what these soldiers are doing for you as well as the rest of the country. You sound so unappreciative. My Husband is a veteran of this war, I am so proud of him. It has been hard, but I support him and I am very PROUD to be his wife and know that he is fighting for his country.

Posted by Tess November 17, 08 03:36 PM
164.

As a former Marine I say right on #82 and #98.

Posted by ric November 17, 08 04:58 PM
165.

John Moore, I must know how you can set a shutter speed fast enough to stop a chopper blade (22) -- in the middle of intense prop wash (dust blocking the sunlight) and sill have enough exposure to capture the dark areas. Do you walk around with a 1/5000 setting?

Posted by AndyC November 17, 08 09:48 PM
166.

#74 you have a pathetic legacy of fear and misery and completely unoriginal thinking. Whether we leave tomorrow or in 20 years, we will leave a legacy of hope. You ought to try it sometime.

Right on #98! Never saw so many people lining up to get into ANY country on Earth as those wanting into the US!
LEGACY MATTERS!

Posted by Adrian November 17, 08 11:58 PM
167.

It´s United States OF America.Don´t call the USA "America", because America is the continent.Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia,Brasil,Chile,etc, is America.Calling the USA "America" is like calling France "Europe".In fact, France is in Europe, but it´s not Europe alone.Got it?
Also, PEACE.NO VIOLENCE.

Posted by Sir Lancelot November 18, 08 12:25 AM
168.

To all of you who say we should go home - that we're not wanted in Afghanistan. You are wrong! I worked as a volunteer in Afghanistan for two years - all of 2003 and the winters of 2005/6 and 2007/8- involved principally in the field of education - English language instruction and the fundamentals of computers to university level Afghan students and teachers. My work involved daily contact with the students and civilians in all walks of life. I never heard even one Afghan say anything good about the Taliban. On the contrary, the people are terrified of what will happen if the American troops leave So, TROOPs, well done!

Posted by George Calhoun (Colonel, USA-Retired) November 18, 08 12:29 AM
169.

God Bless the USMC and the rest of the United States military, these pictures are inspiring.

While we sit here on our computers in safety, they are kicking ass and keeping the terrorists at bay.

Posted by andy November 18, 08 01:13 AM
170.

God bless all those that are over there. I did my service 66 thru 70 but at an altitude of 42000 pumping gas to whomever wanted some. Great pictures!!!

Posted by RICHARD B WARD November 18, 08 04:25 AM
171.

It's amazing that the Americans learned nothing from the war USSR fought in the Afganistan.

Posted by from Russia with love November 18, 08 05:18 AM
172.

how come the us army the strongest and most expensive army in the whole world, cannot defeat rural people?
who and why are they fighting for?who is the enemy?if there was no enemy , what would they do with all those expense in war machinery?
....

1 9 8 4

Posted by 1984 November 18, 08 05:39 AM
173.

gracias por estas fotos tan impactantes!

Posted by ziek November 18, 08 11:09 AM
174.


great pictures... my thanks to the photojournalists that have gone to such risks to share the truth. The excellent skillsmanship really give these power.

Posted by jonathan Carlson November 18, 08 11:14 AM
175.

Its funny how many armchair quarterbacks come out on monday and preach as if they know the whole story better than anyone else. As a retired Green Beret, I would like all of you to ask why is it we dont see more from Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa in the news like we do from Iraq? The short answer is that there are no nice hotels for the reporters, so I commend John Moore for his going and getting these pictures so we can exercise our 5th ammendment rights to express how they stir us emotionally. I would ask however, that you not buy a house after only seeing the basement. take the time to go to
"http://www.professionalsoldiers.com/files/why_we_fight_movie.wmv"
inorder to have a more complete view of what is going on and not just what you see on CNN or Fox News.


ew.

Posted by De Oppresso Liber November 18, 08 11:25 AM
176.

Born Canadian, served 30yrs in US Army as a citizen with four tours of duty in A'stan. To fellow Canadians; this is a good war and you have nothing to hang your head about - the work you've accomplished in the south is the stuff of legend and something for any country to be proud of. I've made many trips into that valley and spent long nights under fire knowing that my/our cause was true. Until you've walked those mountains in all seasons, you've no idea of the effort put forth by these Warriors. Complain all ya want about the political decisions, but until your actions speak louder than your words - your speech is moot!!

Posted by ODA - 534 November 18, 08 11:25 AM
177.

#128 and150 - Right on! Support the Soldiers (if not the war). We can't all be Soldiers, but we can all support our men and women in the military and in harm's way. Yes, they volunteered to be Soldiers but were not asked if they agreed with the war or just which deployment they would like to make. Remember that the Military may some day be fighting a war YOU agree with- and you'll expect them to show up with the same determination and bravery then!
AnySoldier.com is a way all civilians can aid int support of our brave troops!!! Check it out!

Posted by Jean D Hibbs November 18, 08 11:47 AM
178.

Amazing photography and even more amazing courage and commitment. And to all you armchair critics, if you can't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.... please!
carole12

Posted by Carole Ledford November 18, 08 12:11 PM
179.

Americans, the empire will fall!!

Posted by Ciudadano del Mundo November 18, 08 01:03 PM
180.

to comment #54
The U.S. spends the following on INTERNATIONAL programs (including in Uragauy)
-$1.58 billion per year on for the Child Survival and Health Programs Fund (CSH)
-$4.779 billion per year on AIDS/HIV programs and prevention
- $625 million for basic education
-$5.1 billion for security assistance
-$4.8 billion in Foreign Military Financing (FMF)
-$407 million for the Andean Counter-drug Program
- $94 million for the President’s International Education Initiative
- $400 million for a new international clean technology fund
- $2.4 billion to improve responsiveness to humanitarian crises
- $2.2 billion for the Millennium Challenge Corporation to improve agricultural productivity

The list goes on and on and on...how much does the next richest nation spend on international assistance and aid? Truly research it and you'll find out just how "evil" and "hated" the U.S. should really be. in your own words..."get over yourself"

Posted by JM November 18, 08 01:11 PM
181.

The common definition of empire is: a group of nations, territories, or peoples ruled by a single authority, especially an emperor or empress.

WHERE is this American "EMPIRE"?

Posted by JM November 18, 08 01:15 PM
182.

y despues dicen los politicos españoles que en agganistan no estan en guerra...

Posted by david alf November 18, 08 03:24 PM
183.

Si amigo! De veras! Afghanistan is nada mas que un GRANDE fiesta, verdad?

Odysseo el Rey

Posted by Odysseus Rex November 18, 08 04:47 PM
184.

I joined the army in 1965 to go to Vietnam where I was WIA near the Cambodian border in '67. I have never regretted joining and would go again in a heart beat if I wasn't to old. These images could have been taken in the '60s or the 50's or the 40's with just some changes in the uniforms. There is no soldier like the American soldier and "we" understand that someone must keep us free even if the rest of the citizens do not. What I tell people that ask me why I did what I did (and why these soldiers today do what they do) is that -- "IF IT'S NOT WORTH DIEING FOR IT'S NOT WORTH LIVING FOR." There is not now nor ever been any place in the world like our country and our constitution which has given us so much to be grateful for. Like it or not we are the future as long as we don't forget what made us free.grateful for. Like it or not we are the future as long as we don't forget what made us free.

Posted by David J. Pristash November 18, 08 05:19 PM
185.

"God bless America". Yes, yes, your "God" is a guy who will pick his favorite nation and support it in killing the other. Germans in WWII had engraving on their belts saying "God with Us". Religion is such a great tool to kill other people who believe in a different, divine, invisible being. Live in your delusion, religious freaks.
It's just a pity that brave men die, because of stinky politics, not real threat to their freedom.

Posted by Marcin Klapczynski November 18, 08 06:10 PM
186.

I'm a proud MARINE CORP brat.
Lived through my Dads deployment to Korea and his 2 stints in Viet Nam.
Wish our liberal "news" media would report things like this !
My brother, (now deceased) brother in law, niece and nephew SERVED either in the Corp or in the Army.
We can thank their sacrifices, their families sacrifices, ALL OF our fighting troops physical, finacial and emotional sacrifices, (that means literally fighting not politically manipulating the American people) for our saftey and freedom . I thank My God for their willingnes to serve. By the way, though I'm of German and French decent, I wrote this comment in English so ANY ONE CAN READ IT and/or comment on it.) I'm an AMERICAN .

Posted by Patricia Peeler Fleming November 18, 08 08:45 PM
187.

We should be very thankful for ALL our military every day. They are the ones who
allow us to live our lives the way we do. It is foolish to think that all people of the world could agree on anything.
However we feel about our political situation, be thankful for those who protect our rights.
Norm Wilson (Crowbar)
Oxnard, CA

Posted by Anonymous November 18, 08 10:29 PM
188.

Americans went to war with 1/2 of a third world country (Korea). Conclusion, a stand-off. Then America went to war with another 1/2 of a third world country. This time America lost. So, to regain a semblance of self-respect, America invades the tiny island of Grenada. Ah, that was easy! Yes, Noriega was selling drugs to America, but did America have to kill 10,000 Panamanians? The Gulf War was justified because of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait; but this war in Iraq now is a war crime committed by Bush and gang. Still, it's been going on for more than 5 years--another third world country putting up one hell of a fight. Georgia sent 2000 soldiers to help America, but when Georgia went to war with Russia, America watched. I guess third world countries are easier to fight.

Posted by Ron Baron November 19, 08 01:56 AM
189.

As a amateur photographer I have to say that the photo's are great..
But the guys over there are even greater!! I pay them my respect.

Jack
Netherlands

Posted by Jack November 19, 08 02:54 AM
190.

Wow These Pictures and text are something. We all should
pray for these men over there.

They are surely a brave bunch of guys..

Posted by Donald Brown November 19, 08 06:59 AM
191.

I saw these picture and tears come in my eyes. God bless us army and there familys.

Posted by Talat yasmine November 19, 08 09:49 AM
192.

Everyone should check out the Frontline special that aired recently, called "The War Briefing". It focuses on Afghanistan, and the challenges we face there.
You can watch it online!
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/warbriefing/view/

Posted by thefunkelastic November 19, 08 09:55 AM
193.

These photos make me so proud of my country and her defenders! God Bless America! There seems to be an utter inability to comphrehend the evidence of our senses. The dignity pride and respect with which our soldiers treat citizens of these foreign lands is astounding and should inspire awe to anyone paying attention. Do you really think any of our enemies would hold town council meetings to discuss building roads? Roads which ultimatly benefit the good of all? Do you really think the typical foreign invader would allow citizens for freely loot for two weeks without intervention? Read Moment of Truth in Irac.

Posted by Liz Lillard November 19, 08 11:06 AM
194.

German national here, I just wanted to clarify that I am - immensely! - grateful that the US kept us covered from the Soviet bloc. @#47: You seem to forget that German soldiers are deployed to Afghanistan as well. Rede nicht so abfällig/schadenfroh über unsere Verbündeten. Nicht cool und wirft kein gutes Licht auf dich.

Thanks to every American and Canadian service member, past and present, for your sacrifice!

Posted by Tim November 19, 08 01:55 PM
195.

I took the time and read all of the comments on here before posting.

I know this area, sure it might have changed some in the last few years but I have been there. I arrived at a PRT (that’s Provincial Reconstruction Team for you non military types) in December of 2005 outside of the town of Asadabad, which is the capital of the Kunar province. We helped set up camp Blessing which is mentioned in the pictures. Speaking of which; thank you all who send the care packages to troops, I can not explain how much this means to us. Those outlying areas; FOBs (Forward Operating Bases) and PRTs don’t get the same service that the larger bases get. We didn’t even have a store to purchase items in so if your toothbrush broke or you ran out of deodorant you were out of luck.

The life of a troop is hard to describe to someone who has no idea what it is like, but those who have been together in these situations truly know what it means to be brothers in arms. To those who thank us for our service, we appreciate your thanks even if we are embarrassed and have a hard time expressing it when you thank us.

To those of you who blame us for killing innocent civilians, all I have to say is this: There were in fact civilians killed while I was in Afghanistan. It was one of the most atrocious things I have ever seen done; and to the most innocent of victims, children. How did we kill them? We killed them by building them a school where the girls could learn along side the boys. The Taliban is so opposed to letting girls learn that they hit the school with two rockets one landing inside the school yard where the children were studying killing 7 of them. The injured were brought to our PRT since it was the nearest medical facility. Be very glad they don’t show any of the pictures of things like that, I promise that if you would have trouble sleeping after seeing something like that.

I understand that sometimes soldiers kill civilians. It is one of the many sad aspects of war. However if you look at what is going on over there, the lion’s share of civilian deaths are NOT caused by the military but are in fact caused by Taliban action against the local populace.

I could go on and on but I doubt any words I say will change the minds of any “war haters”. Just remember this: Even if the war is wrong and the reasons for it unjust, the actions of the troops who are on the battlefield are not the same thing. They do what they are told and what they can to survive with the idea of protecting freedom.

Posted by rDub November 19, 08 05:04 PM
196.

Absolutely right Grant comment 94

Posted by Micky from uk November 19, 08 05:40 PM
197.

I am glad that I am an American, served proudly, support the men and women who are serving for me now and in the past. I don't take anything for granted, I pray for our troops and our leaders. Myself and my family support you. God Bless America...

Posted by dave pack November 19, 08 05:59 PM
198.

Support our troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere. They fight side by side with all coalition troops, sometimes in mixed units with US GIs.
You can do it by going to this site :
http://www.soldatsdefrance.fr/
The site has just started, but they expect contributions from francophones all over the world and from our Allies

thank you
Merci

Posted by frenchie November 19, 08 07:59 PM
199.

My son is a United States Marine serving in Iraq. All of our Men and Women Soldiers serving home and abroad, you are in our hearts and in our prayers each and every day. You are the protectors of everything we know and love and hold dear to us. We are grateful for you all and for all that you do !!
I love you Michael and I miss you so much...be alert, stay safe and always do the right thing. God Bless You All , and keep you in His care and come home safely (and soon).
Semper Fi xo

Posted by Carrie November 19, 08 08:09 PM
200.

these photos are so awesome, respect!!! I'm 16 and studying photography at school, and hopefully i could take photographs half as good.

Posted by Dean November 19, 08 08:32 PM
201.

To #171 We did learn from Russian aggression in Afganistan. Murdering children won't win any hearts or minds.

Posted by Rick Mitchell November 19, 08 09:40 PM
202.

Oorah! keep messing them up. I'll be there to relieve you soon enough.

Posted by Allen T. November 19, 08 11:51 PM
203.

Good pictures. The last couple are astonishing and speal louder than words can.

Posted by Wilbur November 20, 08 06:30 AM
204.

Our guys may not be able to spell DAMN, but at least they can fight.
For all the European Socialist Pigs on here, you're time will come, when the Islamofascists take over your countries.

Posted by Torch November 20, 08 09:06 AM
205.

A great thanks from Italy for your BIG and dangerous work ! Well done !

Regards
Alberto

Posted by Alberto November 20, 08 09:14 AM
206.

To all that are against this war! We are all against war! However there always will come a time when Right and Wrong will dictate that people must fight. The US will always fight to protect Freedom and the American way of life. The world has grown so small that we can not close our eyes anymore to those that choose to do harm to other humans. As for the men and women fighting today, They have elected an occupation that would require them to put their lives on the line, they were not asked to go to war they were ordered to do so. Same as a Policeman or Fireman, God Bless Those That Protect US! and Bring them home safe!

Posted by Wayne K November 20, 08 10:12 AM
207.

John, your images are outstanding. As usual.
Most wars, as I found out myself, are photogenic, but it takes a very good photographer to add this extra dimension to his pictures. You are without a doubt among the top in your field.
Keep up with the good work!

Regards,

Etienne

Posted by Etienne November 20, 08 10:29 AM
208.

I want to thank each and every solider who is fighting for our and everyone elses freedom. Your doing a great job. The photos were great. It is just to bad that some people cannot appreciate the job you are doing maybe they should live there and live the lives that those people have to live. Thank You once again

Posted by Virginia November 20, 08 10:48 AM
209.

I support the men AND THEIR MISSION!

Posted by Greg November 20, 08 10:58 AM
210.

God bless and keep you all. My son just got back to Okinawa. You guys keep up the good work and stay low. Keep Camp Keating an d OP stallion and Fob Bostic tight.


Posted by D Rock November 20, 08 10:58 AM
211.

I think the people who make these un american comments should by a plane ticket and walk through the streets of Afghanistan. See how many rights you have. You wouldnt last 5 minutes. God bless the troops who fight for ignorant people.

Posted by michael November 20, 08 11:41 AM
212.

As so many times before American soldiers defend not only America but the Free World (or what's left of it). Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I would hope the only thing your country would expect from you is to win and come home. There are more people appreciative of you and your efforts and of America than protesters. Only protesters seem to make all the noise. Pay no attention. Good, decent, honest Americans are the leaders of the Free World and have been for a long, long time. May you always be. Good for you. Thank you!

Posted by Jorge Banner November 20, 08 01:57 PM
213.

To all those with negative comments from one who has recently returned from there. Leaving the country and consequently the terrorists alone only provides time and opportunity for them to strengthen and plan new and more devastaing violence on truly innocent people. The issue the extremist have with the US and the WEST is simply that we exist and live our lives freely. They believe they have a mandate and obligation from God to challenge all who do not conform. Should we all revert our lives to living in the 7th century; should we give up freedom to their ideals? A women driving a vehicle, a artist painting a picture, a women choosing a career - are but a few of the terrible things we have done to them. I am not an extremist religous person, I value my freedom and do not desire to live under their archaic rules...I have talked with many of them and compromise isnt part of their mindset. The brave men and women fighting over there are fighting for all who do not want to live under a system such as the taliban and al qaeda propose.

Posted by TC Bunn November 20, 08 02:18 PM
214.

TO #204, YES AMERICANS CAN FIGHT--AGAINST PEA SHOOTERS AND FIRE CRACKERS. FACE IT, COMPARED TO AMERICAN WEAPONS THAT'S WHAT THE ENEMY HAS IN THEIR ARSENAL. RAGS ON THEIR HEADS FOR HELMETS, RAGS FOR BODY ARMOR, SANDALS INSTEAD OF BOOTS, ROAD-KILL FOR FOOD, AND ROCKS FOR BEDS; AND NO CITIZEN OF IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN WAS INVOLVED IN 9/11. FOR AMERICA'S NEXT WAR, HOW ABOUT CHINA OR RUSSIA. NOW THAT WOULD BE FUN.

Posted by RON BARON November 20, 08 03:20 PM
215.

I can't wait until the USA bombs saudi Arabia they are the true problem, that is where they are getting the money to pay for this War... And 911 they pay the familys of assholes that crashed airplanes with women and children on them. Take the Oil and their land ...... They are the true enemy!!!!!

Posted by Don November 20, 08 04:16 PM
216.

I'm a combat veteran, and I served in Afghanistan in 04/05. I will never forget the time I spent there. I saw some things most people wouldn't be able to imagine, and I lost a few friends there. It disgusts me when people post these comments, saying that our troops are stupid. Today's military is the best and brightest it has ever been. We are well-trained, well-educated, and we are definitely important assets to the world. You never really know your own strength, dedication, or focus until you've experienced combat. Troops who were just familiar faces at home station become as close as family. While you're gone, each other is all you have. I first saw combat when i was eighteen years old, and it was a definite test of my will. I came back a changed man. I suffer from post-traumatic stress because of the things I experienced in combat. I deal with it every day, and it has become a part of who I am. The way I see it, I'm only paying a small price compared to the price many have paid. When you're in the thick of battle, you don't think about politics or anything of the sort. You think about surviving and making sure that your team survives with you. You can hate the cause all you want. Soldiers aren't politicians. We don't have the luxury of deciding whether or not our actions will be politically correct. We are there to do a job that we swore to do. Bashing the troops is one of the most vile things you could ever do. One day, when you're lying in a pool of your own blood from being beaten by some thug in an alley, you'll lie there hoping that a so-called stupid soldier will go out of his way to help you. I salute all of my brothers and sisters with whom I share a coveted title: VETERAN. Thank you for your time, and God bless!

Posted by Rod November 20, 08 04:43 PM
217.

God bless all our great soldiers!
Since you have been on watch no other crazy folks attacked our great land.
The job you do is out of love, and we thank you! There is no way, America could repay you in money, The Honor you have shown to your country and the world is a testament of your core American values!
I know you will be missing your familes for the holiday seasons, This too will pass!
The watch you have, is Americas Watch! Thank you
Brian D Chambers Sr

Posted by Anonymous November 20, 08 06:36 PM
218.

I am proud of our troops in all the places they serve , the photos are fantastic , these young men show that a volunteer military is very effective-day in and day out- I support them 100% . thanks guys !

Posted by doug November 20, 08 09:17 PM
219.

Hello honorable veterans.
I am looking for "A Soldiers Story"
Please take a look at our non-profit website designed to raise money to help educate veterans. http://www.combatveteransfoundation.org/A-Soldier's-Story.html
There you will find more details as to this request.

Thank You & God Bless you for the sacrafice you have made to keep america great.

Posted by Woody Longacre November 20, 08 10:43 PM
220.

AFTER READING THE PLETHERA OF ''GOD BLESS AMERICA'' AND ''GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS'' AND ''KILL THOSE MUSLIMS'', I'VE COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE JESUS FREAKS ARE THE REAL TERRORISTS. IT IS COMFORTING, THOUGH, TO BELIEVE THAT GOD IS ON YOUR SIDE AND AGAINST THE MUSLIMS'. SAY, HERE'S A THOUGHT: INSTEAD OF HAVING GOD AS A CHEER-LEADER TO KILL, WHY NOT HAVE GOD EITHER STOP, OR PREVENT, WARS? CAN'T HAVE THAT NOW, CAN WE?

Posted by JIM November 20, 08 10:43 PM
221.

Thank You and may God bless you all.

Posted by joe November 20, 08 11:04 PM
222.

Excellent Pictures,, Thank You for sharing them ,,,, That was Pretty Harsh Terrain to Travel Through for Any Body ,,,, P.S . Pls . Keep the Photos Coming ,,,

Posted by Edward N.J. Lawrence November 20, 08 11:40 PM
223.

What an awful place to have to fight over. We in the USA do not have anything like this to live in. Yes, we have mountains, deserts, etc., but we don't live there, we visit there. If we had to live in a God forsaken place like Afganistan we'd all jump from the highest point and go meet our maker. God Bless our troops who are over there now, have been there or will be going over there. Our future President, Barack Obama has inherited a bucket of worms that will be hard to clear up in just a few months. He's going to take care of Iraq first, then who knows. What a shame this has been allowed to continue this long. Bless our troops, NOW!

Posted by Phyllis Poorman November 20, 08 11:42 PM
224.

clearing out the terrorists from a foreign country is not our job . If we are obligated to do it, let us do it our own way. Some cluster bombs. napalm and daisy cutters would end all of this crap CHD FLORIDA

Posted by chuck davis November 21, 08 09:56 AM
225.

God Bless the US Soldiers everywhere and specially the ones fighting terrorists in Afghanistan and Irak (you got them cornered guys). US military had caracterized to help people around the world. In my country many missions of the US Army Medical Corps had help children who never had acces to dental assitance. (thanks a lot guys). To sad (comment 125) yeah Yankees Go Home and let the morons who throw acid on school girls who are trying to get educated rule afghanistan. You should check on your humanity (clearly poor, you moron). Ng. Guatemala

Posted by Nestor Gomez November 21, 08 10:58 AM
226.

I really want to send a care package to Viper Company of the 1-26 Infantry. I know this is a small gesture compared to what these brave soldiers are doing for us... but I would really like to send some things they might like and need. I have been trying for over a week, but I dont know how to send to them directly, can anyone help? I would be most grateful.

Posted by kate November 21, 08 11:40 AM
227.

Kate, Look at http://www.catalogs.com/info/people/sending-packages-to-soldiers.html for information on sending things to Soldiers.

For those who believe we should not be fighting al Quida or the Taliban in Iraq, Afghanistan, or anywhere else; send me your phone number so I can call you when we have to fight them in Kansas or Ohio. To my brothers and sisters in Arms; Thank you. May God watch over you and return you home safely.

Posted by CW4, USA, Ret November 21, 08 12:44 PM
228.

Our soldiers need supplies, exp0ecially those that are place on outposts for two weeks at a time. Hand and foot warmers, rain parkas, whatever you can buy and send with the company address (viper), get the rest, all you have to do is some investigation.
Then, you get in touch with your senator, congressman, everyone responsible for keeping the issue of lack of funding for these stranded troops in afghanistan in the forefront. We cannot turn a blind eye from what we absolutely know is happening over there. our troops are going without enough military supplies to cover their asses and do the job they were sent to do because the funding is still heading to Iraq. Enough!!!! No more placing our children in positions where they are doomed to fail, scared out of their minds, knowing WE, YES WE, are doing nothing about it. You can do something!! so, DO IT!!!!!!! Nothing is more important than helping our soldiers be able to defend themselves! THIS is what BUSH has done and is now leaving behind. His incredible pile of crap that the next president has to sludge through. I am a staunch liberal and I will work to hold Obama accountable for making sure our soldiers get the supplies they need while deployed and the mental care they deserve when they come home. THAT is the difference between Bush followers and Obama supporters. We will not abandon our troops, when they come home. We will push to have their saleries raised while deployed during war! We will not forget that they are putting their livess on the line, for us and they deserve our utmost support. AND when they come home, they will receive the medical care and support they deserve and need! THIS is what the new administration will try to create. No short-sided policies. NO MORE!

Posted by Cathy November 21, 08 02:18 PM
229.

I sit here in my uniform contiplating how to teach my soldiers("boys") Positive Identification(PID) techniques so that they minimize "innocent civilian" deaths and wonder what it's like to be an utterly ignorant civilian who has never had to make a choice regarding life or death yet, runs their mouth about how brutal and careless we soldiers are. What is it like to be so stupid as to arbitrarily compare us to barbarians and nazi stormtroopers. What is it like to have never put yourself on the line for anybody else or contemplate their own mortality and it's effect on our wives and children depend on us...

Posted by rangerhenning November 21, 08 02:39 PM
230.

To JIM, post 220:
If you don't believe in God, why do you give a crap about who kills whom? What basis do you build your morals upon? I don't know what your beef is about Christianity, but I will go out on a limb and say that it's been a few hundred years since any Christians did any serious bloodletting under the banner of Christianity but it's only been a couple of hours since a room full of people have been subjected to death and torture in the name of Allah. Not to mention a few decades since communism has purged huge segments of Believers in the name of humanism...

Posted by rangerhenning November 21, 08 02:46 PM
231.

McCord Middle School will be sending you gifts very soon. We thank you for what you are doing for our country.

Posted by McCord Middle School November 21, 08 03:09 PM
232.

Thanks Guys (and Gals) for what your doing. God bless you and come home safe.

Posted by gkesler November 21, 08 04:21 PM
233.

#135. When you state "you do not believe that the person just elected is going to help this country fight terrorisim, no liberals have" and you make the claim "he has never served this country". I wonder if you are aware the current and soon to be previous president and vice president recieved a total of (6) deferments during the " Vietnam Conflict" to NOT serve. The much discussed Rev. Wright served and went back. I respect your service to this country and all those whom have served. Be very careful when you question anothers patriotism not to mention the choice of an over whelming number of Americans. We fight, die and serve well.

Posted by Scott November 21, 08 04:49 PM
234.

I could have gone a lifetime without knowing that my son is in the Army fighting in Afganistan. He truely loves being a soldier and fighting for freedom.

Posted by Harley Allen November 21, 08 05:27 PM
235.

REMOVE OUR TROOPS NOW ! ! ! MELT THE MIDDLE EAST. From the Gaza Strip to the pearly gates of the Saudi Prince,,,,,STOP the Illegals,,,, put troops on our southern Border with orders to shoot to kill,,,,South American countries will take over the USA in ten years and not have to fire a shot,,,, WAKE UP AMERICA ! ! !

Posted by Dub November 21, 08 05:27 PM
236.

god bless the U.S.A!!!!!
If not then what would you do with out our troops

WRONG PERSON IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Posted by n/a November 21, 08 05:30 PM
237.

Tis all `feel-good` propaganda for the American masses so as they can sleep better at night.
Where are photos of the 90% dead and dying Afghan innocents at the hands of these "brave Marines"?
Lets hope Obama puts an immediate end to this massacre and justice served to those responsible currently in office.

Posted by JBee November 21, 08 06:19 PM
238.

JBee you idiot. Over one million "Brave Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen" have died for countless millions around the world that would have died without our intervention. How many millions have died at the hands of Hitler, Stalin and Mao you moron? How many millions in this country would die with morons like you in charge? How many "Brave Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen" have to die before you appreciate the liberties you have to say the ignorant things thay spew from your filty brain? You, are the very product of ignorance. You make me sick, you bovine mass of waste.

Posted by RPR November 21, 08 11:25 PM
239.

T0 ROGERHENNING, WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME U.S. TROOPS ACTUALLY FOUGHT TO SAVE AMERICA FROM A REAL THREAT? IT WASN'T KOREA, OR VIETNAM, OR GRENADA, OR PANAMA, OR IRAQ TWICE--JUST THE NON AFGHANS IN AFGHANISTAN. DOMINO THEORY MY BUTT.

Posted by JIM November 22, 08 01:59 AM
240.

Majority of Americans have this big problem that they honestly believe that they fight for their freedom and democracy when their soldiers go fighting in some development country on the other side of the world. In the past it even was like that, but nowadays it's not about freedom or democracy. It's about economic and profit for owner class. US soldiers (many are poor) fight and die for some rich man's profit and that is something Americans just can't seem to understand and it's really sad.

During world wars and cold war Americans really protected Europe not to fall under communism and nazism but those days are gone. Back those days Americans were heroes, but now... who knows... To me Americans seem to be quite simple people when they don't understand this, but maybe some day they will... I hope.

Anyway, great pictures!

Posted by NorthEuropean November 22, 08 03:51 AM
241.

#240
You're on the spot mate, it's all about economy and old rich expansionists, imperialists, fascists... the list goes on.

Posted by Axel November 22, 08 09:32 AM
242.

Ron Baron, entries 149 and 151. You are not paying attention. You are correct in stating that neither Iraq, nor Afghanistan attacked us, but we are NOT at war WITH either of them, rather FOR them on their soil. Pay attention. Also, your comments about our inability to fight "rural" people. FIrst, it's the enemy of those rural people that we are fighting, second, we are defeating Al Qaeda, training Iraqi forces, and turning over responsibility to them province, by province. PAY ATTENTION.

Posted by Jim Blankenship November 22, 08 10:01 AM
243.

Stop a minute and ask ourselves -Would we give our lives for another's freedom? These men are doing that and I applaud, appreciate, honor, and respect them. God Bless America and thanks to all our troops.

Posted by lucy hood November 22, 08 10:45 AM
244.

"Stop a minute and ask ourselves -Would we give our lives for another's freedom? These men are doing that and I applaud, appreciate, honor, and respect them. God Bless America and thanks to all our troops.".....

An example of that `feel-good` propaganda....swallowed hook, line and sinker.

Posted by JBee November 22, 08 12:02 PM
245.

fantic pictures prais the young solider

Posted by sidney l aagnelly November 22, 08 12:42 PM
246.

The people of these United States of America should express a true heart felt gratitiude and demonstrate great honor and respect for our men and women in the military. God Bless them for the tremendous job they are doing. AS AMERICANS WE SHOULD REALIZE WITHOUT A DOUBT THAT WITHOUT THESE
BRAVE WARRIORS WE WOULD EASILY BECOME A CONQUERED NATION.
IT'S TIME FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT SUPPORT OUR TROOPS TO REALIZE THAT "FREEDOM ISN'T FREE" . L.M. Funk / a proud veteran.........................

Posted by L.M.Funk November 22, 08 12:56 PM
247.

“No words are adequate to console those who have lost a loved one serving our nation. We can only offer our prayers and join in their grief. We grieve for the mother who hears the sound of her child’s 21-gun salute. We grieve for the husband or wife who receives a folded flag. We grieve for a young son or daughter who only knows Dad from a photograph.”

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”
--Abraham Lincoln

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
--Winston Churchill

Posted by Colby November 22, 08 04:17 PM
248.

to JIMBLANKENSHIP. TELL THE IRAQI PEOPLE THAT WE ARE NOT AT WAR WITH THEM AFTER DESTROYING THEIR COUNTRY AND MURDERING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF THIER PEOPLE. TELL THE PEOPLE OF AFGHANISTAN THAT WE ARE NOT AT WAR WITH THEM WHEN WE CONTINUALLY BOMB WEDDING PARTIES AND SMALL VILLAGES, KILLING THOUSANDS OF THEIR PEOPLE. TELL THE IRAQIS THAT WE ARE THERE TO LIBERATE THEM WHILE LYING ABOUT WMD, AND THEIR 9/11 CONNECTION. TELL THE RUSSIANS THAT PUTTING MISSILES IN POLAND THE CZECH REPUBLIC IS TO PROTECT EUROPE FROM IRANIAN MISSILES. WHAT A LOT OF CRAP. WAKE UP.

Posted by RON BARON November 22, 08 05:24 PM
249.

My son Has 5 {FIVE} Tours in Iraq .He is Getting OUT after 9 years, JUST Tired of it All.!! First couple of tours said Leave them,let them fight it out !! But Now HE Said DAD WE cannot leave these people if we do IT will BE GENOSID WE Will LOOSE everything We fought for...Said they want what is we Have "FREEDOM" America you Have it TOO Easy.Go live like these Men Have and then tell Me WE were Wrong

Posted by Donald L Winkler November 22, 08 06:23 PM
250.

How to win the war in Afghanistan - read "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson -
and CONTRIBUTE! Education, not bullets, will stop the war. What we need to stop terrorism is to stop ignorance, both at home and abroad. Be a hoper not a hater!

Posted by cynthia olcott November 22, 08 06:42 PM
251.

How many of you haters of America out there ever actually fought under our countrys flag?? How many of you who blame America for all the woes in the world.ever actually faced any of our enemys face to face and endured the pain and horror of combat.??? Not many of you, I can imagine. You all talk big. America has saved many countrys and many lives and we have sacrificed 1.25 million of our young men to fo it. We are the last and best barrier to those in the jihad community that want America destroyed. So instead of cutting America down, we ought to thank God for our Armed Forces preserving Freedom for us. Former Grunt

Posted by Tom November 22, 08 09:08 PM
252.

Here is somthing we can all do to help ouir cause in the war against terror. Get to know our enemy and why he does what he does. Get ahold of our enemy's playbook and learn what he is required to do to defeat us. So that all his decieving tricks can be easily understood. If all our politicians would abandon PC for just long enough to understand our enemy then we will defeat him within a very short time. Unfortunately few people bother to understand jihad. Until we wake up we will always chase our tails. Learn from history. Read what Jefferson had to say about our enemy. He understood them better than we do. Former Grunt

Posted by Tom November 22, 08 09:29 PM
253.

Ron Baron
You're a moral coward. I was in Iraq and we didn't go out to kill anyone who didn't need killing. There are plenty more who need killed. If they are bad guys, they need killed. If they drop the jihad bullshit then we can talk and maybe work together for real solutions. Right now, we're turning over operations like so many said we couldn't ever do.
I would laugh my ass off if you would go there and wind up on a video crying like a bitch for your miserable life. Leave fighting for your worthless life to better people than you. I still get emails from my Iraqi friends- we made a difference for GOOD.

Posted by Steve Jardonne November 22, 08 10:32 PM
254.

Good lord...pacifists and politicos still fighting the last war.

For JBee...your morality is lost. Afghans were dying in droves before we went and they are dying in droves today largely because the enemy has no compunction about killing "innocents" since they do not see anyone as "innocent". Only those who believe like them and those that don't. Those that are useful and those that are not. Even the useful are sometimes more useful dead to them.

Your morality is wasted.

Posted by kat-missouri November 22, 08 11:38 PM
255.

I`m Russian and it`s amazing for me to watch American soldiers in the same place and in the same situation soviet troops used to be only 20 years ago. Nothing have changed. Equipment now is better may be, but the results are the same.
And – don`t forget - those gays probably fight with ex-partners of Rambo (part III) rescued from Russian soldiers. USSR went to Afghanistan, and it was not wise decision at all after Vietnam. But going to Afghanistan after Russia – what was that?

Posted by Stas November 23, 08 03:55 AM
256.

good luck to all of you & keep your eyes open & stay alert we think of you all the time for your safe trip back home your all heros to me my grandson got his orders and he will be going back to iraq this will be his 3rd tour over there hes in the army I am a vietnam vet my self from 68 & 69 god bless you all

Posted by robert brekke November 23, 08 07:22 AM
257.

Grandson Bradley Buckland shot by sniper on Oct 20 07Flown to Germany then to Walter Reed hospital was there for almost a year Not out of woods yet sent home but has big pain from stomach wounds--Pray for him every night.

Posted by WILLIAM BUCKLAND November 23, 08 11:40 AM
258.

I don't like the idea of war. But I know we must protect ourselves and the weak. We should pray for God's guidance and strength and know that he will protect us. Our lives are in his hands. There is a reason for everything. Learn a positive lesson from every good and bad thing that happens in your life.

PROTECT THEM
Father, I'm praying for all of our US Military and their families...

The Bible tells us You're our rock, our fortress, and our shield— and these people on my heart need You to be all these things and more! They don't have to be in the heat of battle to be in danger; the world is a dangerous place wherever they are. (Psalm 18:2)

Grant them new life, that they may run under Your wings when they face danger of any kind; cover them with Your feathers. Help them stay in constant touch with You, living in Your presence. Then send Your angels to surround them and guard them wherever they go! ( John 3:3, 5; Psalm 57:1; 91:1–2, 4, 9, 11; 2 Kings 6:17)

Help them turn to You as their refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. Go before them and protect them from behind. Be their shade from the heat, their shelter from the storm, their hiding place—protect them from trouble. Watch over them, for You never sleep. Their lives are in Your hands; may they trust in You and not be afraid. (Psalm 46:1; Isaiah 52:12; 25:4b; Psalm 32:7a; 121:4–5; 31:15; 56:11)

In Jesus' name, amen.

Posted by Walda - USA November 23, 08 11:55 AM
259.

TO ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM TODAY,I SALUTE YOU! THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY.

Posted by JOHN LAFEVER -PATRIOT GUARD RIDER November 23, 08 12:55 PM
260.

some people will go an entire life time and wonder if they have made a diffrence in this world, Marines will never have that problem. and to all of you that have a problem with these war issues then take off nthat blanket of freedom that we provided for you and move the f*ck out of this place, you all make me sick with your little negative comments if all of you would just shut the hell up and let us do our jobs then maybe we can end this and come home. I would love to see any of you try to walk a mile in my boots, or any other soldier, they volunteered their lives for you and the other people in the world that deserve to live freely, have you forgotten about the way thinks were for them and what happened to us. Keep fighting the good fight men real americans still love you

Posted by Rick McNeely, Cpl. U.S.M.C. former November 23, 08 01:52 PM
261.

To all of our American service men and women; thank you so much, and may God bless and watch over you!

Posted by Michael Fath November 23, 08 04:31 PM
262.

It is very sad to see that there are so many people who have no idea why we are in Afghanistan.

Posted by Red Dobie November 23, 08 04:51 PM
263.

# 84 See http://www.apostrophe.fsnet.co.uk/index.htm
You will find that there IS an apostrophe in Veterans' Affaires and in Veterans' Day
It is the Affairs OF veterans and it is the day FOR or OF veterans and is, therefore, possessive.
email John if you wish to confirm this I DID.
Ray Simpson Vietnam Vet. Australia

Posted by Ray Simpson November 23, 08 07:43 PM
264.

"It is very sad to see that there are so many people who have no idea why we are in Afghanistan"......
Agreed....so long as the truth is kept from the public, it`s bound to continue., sadly.

JBee

Posted by JBee November 23, 08 08:45 PM
265.

256...thank you.

Posted by JBee November 23, 08 09:26 PM
266.

What a brave bunch of men & women you truly are. Our country owes you and your families a debt of gratitude for your continuing dedication to protecting our many freedoms. We offer you prayers of Thanksgiving and Pray for your safe return.
God's Love,
The Cooley Family

Posted by Anonymous November 23, 08 10:22 PM
267.

God Bless the fighting men and women of The United States of America.

Memo to the gutless Euros
Keep enjoying the protection of the United States of America. (You always have)
We would never expect a "thank you" from you women, but shutting the hell up would suffice.

Posted by Cooper71 November 23, 08 11:04 PM
268.

TO #223... CLINTON HAD THE CHANCE BUT ELECTED TO IGNORE IT... THAT IS WHY WE ARE THERE NOW... duh!

Posted by Moe Monette November 24, 08 04:27 AM
269.

To Ron BArron. The United States military won the war in Vietnam. The politions were the ones that lost the war. Thanks for Walter Cronkite and his comments on national t.v. concerning the battle of Hue. He was a dumb ass for his comments!!We won that (MArines).battle big time with a little help from our friends. Don'd bitch about our involvement or critize what the United States forces are conducting anywhere in the world. You live in the U.S. ?/ Then shut up and enlist in the Marine corps. Earn the right to bitch. Mike Alden. MArine Vietnam vet .M-60 gunner 1968-69 .Mike company 3/5. P.S.Yes.We kicked ass in Nam. And no i have no regret fighting in Nam. Some one threations my security i protect it!! When in doubt,I run a 100 rd belt through my-60 machinegun

Posted by Mike alden November 24, 08 04:49 AM
270.

Euros have never won a global battle. We have protaceted them and i was one who did.
Thanks to the US military where ever you are

Posted by Anonymous November 24, 08 06:47 AM
271.

I served in Vietnam in 68 and 69. I was a grunt, infantry. It took me many years to change my mind about war, I was brained washed into beleiving that we had a cause and a goal. Lies, all lies. I look at the over 58,000 names on the Wall and wonder why they had to die. I don't know the answers. I was in the same shoes of these brave men and women doing what I thought was right and I still support our troops not the reason. We are suppose to be the most intelligent creatures on this planet, you would think by now that we could come up with a better way to acheive peace.

Posted by Ken Bradley November 24, 08 10:58 AM
272.

Thanks to all of these BRAVE US Armed Forces, I SALUTE you all !! If there wasn`t evil men doing evil deeds there would be no reason to send our men and women into harms way but there [ as History shows] is always some one out there who wants to defeat our GOD given RIGHT to PEACE and FREEDOM ! The people responsable for this War are the same people responsable for the WORLD TRADE CENTER killings and have to be brought to JUSTICE.To do nothing is to accept the loss of our FREEDOM to live our lives in PEACE and FREEDOM by the likes of these evil men. Vietnam Veteran 1966/67.

Posted by Tony November 24, 08 11:32 AM
273.

God Bless each and every one of our soldiers in whatever capacity you perform and to any of our American people that are there to aid in the freedom of all who have never had the joy of living it on a daily basis. May the Lord protect each of you until you are able to return home and then beyond for giving of yourselves in such a selfless way................................ Cathy

Posted by Cathy Villarreal November 24, 08 11:33 AM
274.

Looking at these photos is heart breaking for me.
I am eighty years old, and have witnesses many wars in my time.
I was declared 4F when volunteering during the Korean war.
And here we are fighting a war and no end in sight if we continue to use it as a political fight. Meaning no way out. I am saddened thinking if a had a son and saw these photos. Our population has no idea of the world we live in. Being questioned on TV, they don't even know where this God-forsaken country is located. Less their own state. I pray each night that we can solve the problem of terrorism.
mario rampone. Novvember 24, 2008

Posted by mario rampone November 24, 08 11:54 AM
275.

Here's a comment from a WOMAN! I am VERY greatful for our fighting men and women. Regardless of whether I agree with the politics or warmongers, I so appreciate these people who put their lives on the line. May our leaders get it together and live in peace with one another. Unforturnately, it won't happen til Jesus comes to reign and rule. May Yahweh guard and protect these heroes. Whether they get medals or not from the brass, they are deserving of U.S. citizens honor and support!

Posted by Christina prays November 24, 08 12:07 PM
276.

To argue with dolts is futile! Don't ever lose sight of the fact we are in Afghanistan to close with and kill or capture the guys responsible for 9/11... Al-Qaeda and the Taliban! It is tough going in that God foresaken land. If you are really interested in what has gone down there, read "Kill Bin Laden" by Dalton Fury, who was the commanding officer of the Delta Force that right after 9/11 went into Afghanistan to do just what the book title says. Unfortunately, they only got close. But, we'll get him.

Posted by Kenny November 24, 08 12:17 PM
277.

Soviets failed, not because Afghanistan is not because it cannot be won, but the Soviets had no sense of civil affairs. They were ruthless and didn't bother to win the hearts and minds. How do I know this? Because I am here, and I have asked many Afghanis about the Soviet occupation.

Posted by Lost in the sand November 24, 08 01:01 PM
278.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I WAS IN THE AIR FORCE FOR 4 YEARS BUT I WAS NOT IN A COUNTRY WITH LANDSCAPE SUCH AS THIS. GOD BLESS YOU AND I'LL PRAY THAT GOD WILL BLESS AND KEEP YOU SAFE.

Posted by FRANK HEMETEK November 24, 08 01:07 PM
279.

I AGREE WITH # 235 !!!!!!

Posted by Sharon November 24, 08 01:51 PM
280.

I am a 68-69 Viet Nam vet of 4th ID, a grunt. I am very proud of my service, the photos are the same as if Viet Nam, different uniforms, different terrain, but a grunt is a grunt is a grunt...the mission is the same, kill the enemy so he cannot bring harm to you or your country. Do not believe for one minute that America has enemies, I have traveled the world over and have seen that we have good friends as well as enemies, the world generally looks up to America, even with all her faults. If we were to do nothing, it would only be a matter of time until these idiots of religion would be whacking off heads in our town squares,,,so it's the same as
all our foreign wars before, better to fight them there than here.
It's the implanted leftist we should worry more about than the Afgans, they are in our midst and would like to see America die from the cancer within.
God Bless America, your prayers still work, I can attest to the fact that prayer can turn bullets in flight!

all

Posted by Dion Mountain November 24, 08 02:22 PM
281.

Well said 280

Posted by Jeff Hughes US ARMY 101AB Ranger "Viet Nam" November 24, 08 03:09 PM
282.

My son got back from deployment in Afghanistan this past October. He served in an Infantry unit of the NYNG at FOB Sharana. Looking at these pictures gives me a new appreciation of just what it was like for him and all the other troops stationed or deployed in that AO. This old former infantryman got tired just looking at those hills! And we bitched about Hohenfels MTA's hills in Germany in the early 60's! God bless all of our troops!

Posted by Paul Kelly November 24, 08 03:39 PM
283.

As a photographer myself ,I found the images profound. But all the varied comments just show the freedom we have to express our thoughts without persecution. Be thankful, regardless of your views.

Posted by Connie Talley November 24, 08 04:12 PM
284.

Ditto 276, and I would add that the success in both Afghan and Iraq have led to no further terrorist attacks on American soil.

Posted by JCL November 24, 08 05:10 PM
285.

You guys are doing an AWESOME job there! I have had friends and coworkers over there. I am a twenty year navy vet that would love to come back and help out where ever I could there. (I was a GM; much like your artillarymen, and loved firing fire support in places like Beirut) Anyway, God Bless and stay safe, come home safe and my prayers are with you.

Posted by Leonard Hacker November 24, 08 05:15 PM
286.

My son is in this photo line up (#24) My thanks for the kind words. To the others: these men don't make foreign policy, they volunteer to go where they are told & put their lives on the line.
Thanks to the wonderful photos by John Moore.

Posted by Tom Yeatman November 24, 08 05:35 PM
287.

those whose objective is the establishment of a "one world government", also known as "the new world Order", have long used and controlled militaries of various nations to accomplish their aims. In the book, The Final Days by Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein, pg 194, is this comment about the Internationalist Henry Kissinger: "In Haigs presence, Kissinger referred pointedly to militarty men as "dumb, stupid animals to be usrd as pawns" for foreign poliey". The military men in the Iragi Wars, the Panama Invaion, Viet Nam, Korea WWI&WWII never fought for American interests. Nor those in Afghanistan. They fought to make the Internationals rich & further their plans for world government. WHAT A TRAGEDY.

Posted by Art James 11/24/08 November 24, 08 05:45 PM
288.

To Kate (226) These guys would appreciate any care package that you might care to send. They need everything..warm sox, canned food, candy, cigars. Can be sent to: Viper Co.
c/o Capt. Jimmy Howell
Bco 1-26 IN 3-1 IBCT
Korengal Outpost
APO AE 09354

Posted by Tom Yeatman November 24, 08 05:46 PM
289.

Thank you for protecting our freedom. A saying we had in Vietnam, "For those who fought for it freedom has a taste the protected will never know." I know the price and will be proud of all of troops in harm's way. Vietnam vets pledge not to let anything but praise be yours now and when you return. God bless you.

Posted by Philip F. Besse November 24, 08 09:45 PM
290.

Blessings and Prayers to ALL service men fighting for our rights and freedoms! If we didn't have troops in other countries doing their job, we may not have what we have. THANK YOU ALL SERVICE MEN, PAST AND PRESENT!! FOR ALL YOU HAVE GIVEN ME! and THANK YOU SON, for giving your committment to America to fight for the rights of those who can't fight for themselves.

Posted by SP November 24, 08 10:14 PM
291.

To all our men and women in the military, we honor you and thank you for your work on our behalf, whether it be Stateside or far away. Our son-in-law is a Marine who just returned from Afghanistan, and has been deployed to Iraq, Bosnia, and many other places around the globe. He goes because it is his duty, and his love of America keeps him strong. My husband was in the military for ten years, also. Many people appreciate your efforts on our behalf. Please know that our hearts are with you. We pray for you and your families and your buddies. Come home safely.

Posted by Dorothy J. Barkell November 24, 08 10:35 PM
292.

I am a corpsman, HM2 Hoffman, I appreciate all of the good comments about the war in this blog, I have gone to several conflict areas and I can tell you that the News does not report what is happening. I have lost several good friends in Afghan and neighboring countries (that we are not in). The hatered is absolute with some of the people however the new generation is appreciaing what we have given to them, it will take a generation to fix this so do not think we can up and leave . The same thing took place in 1945 with Germany and Japan, it took 15 years for insurgency to subside. Remember those who forget the past are damned to repeat it.

Posted by Ken Hoffman November 24, 08 11:37 PM
293.

To Art James
You are seriously misdirected, WWII was a direct interaction and interdiction on a assault on america, a little something called Pearl Harbor. Panama is highly misunderstood, I was there and we need to be there, you forgot Columbia, Honduras, Nicagura, all with high validity and for you to call me a stupid animal fighing for the New World Order, only shows your ignorance.

Posted by HM2 Ken Hoffman November 24, 08 11:50 PM
294.

To Art James
You are seriously misdirected, WWII was a direct interaction and interdiction on a assault on america, a little something called Pearl Harbor. Panama is highly misunderstood, I was there and we need to be there, you forgot Columbia, Honduras, Nicagura, all with high validity and for you to call me a stupid animal fighing for the New World Order, only shows your ignorance.

Posted by HM2 Ken Hoffman November 24, 08 11:51 PM
295.

I was so moved by the pictures that I just spent an hour reading all the comments. To those of you who have served our country, I am eternally grateful, especially those who so articulately expressed your views of our military. We are the best of the best. As a supporter of our deployed troops, I have met some absolutely wonderful people and am proud of each one of them. Please, go to anysoldier.com or any number of sites that support our troops and send something. It doesn't have to be much...just a touch of home for those far from the comforts we so often take for granted. You don't have to send anything more than a letter...they LOVE getting mail telling about our ordinary days, and how much we appreciate their efforts. God bless
America!

Posted by Karen in FL November 25, 08 06:08 AM
296.

There are really no words that would appropriately express my gratitude toward the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces. They are the finest the country has to offer....and I am humbled by their choice to serve our country. As the aunt of a former Marine, and a supporter through care packages for nearly six years, I am well aware of how much our support means to those overseas, in danger 24/7 and far from the ones they love. I salute each and every one of them...and their families, for their selfless sacrifice. I wish them all a safe holiday wherever they are, and may God continue to cover them with His strength and courage.

Posted by susan warren November 25, 08 06:32 AM
297.

God Bless everyone of you brave soldiers fighting for our freedom. I have a son serving in the Navy stateside. I am so proud of him and miss him. But to see the soldiers in these pictures, fighting in such a place, and so far from home...I just can't put the feelings into words.
Be safe and know that you are in our prayers everyday.

Posted by Debbie G November 25, 08 10:21 AM
298.

From a Vietnam, in country, vet. I opposed Iraq from the start, but thought, and still do, that we need to be in Afghan. I hate any war but some are necessary. PLEASE, oppose or support whatever, but always remember those that are doing their very best to fight with honor, for they are fighting for your rights and freedoms to do so.

Thank you to all of our warriors and please come back to the world safely.

Posted by R. Daniels November 25, 08 11:19 AM
299.

I am so thankful and proud of all the soldiers jeopardizing their lives to protect us at home enjoying our comfortable lives while they live in deplorable conditions in this archaic country. Since they have been fighting protecting others, we have not had another attack on the US. I will never understand how people can hate others so much who don't believe what they believe, that they would murder innocent people. After seeing these pictures, I have a better understanding how hard it is for our soldiers. Thank you so much for protecting our freedoms. My prayers are always with you all that you have a safe return home.

Pat

Posted by Pat Colombo November 25, 08 11:22 AM
300.

I can't put into words the respect and gratitude I have for you all fighting for our wonderful country!! I thank GOD that there are still people like yall that will fight for our morals, beliefs, and freedom!! Thank you all So much and I pray that you return home soon!!!
GOD BLESS THE USA!

Sami Mcconnell

Posted by Sami McConnell November 25, 08 11:22 AM
301.

May God bless all our military in the Middle East. I pray each night for your safety and return home soon to your loved ones. What you are doing for us at home is truly appreciated. I just wish veterans like my husband who served his time in hell (Vietnam) were appreciated. May you never return home to be spat upon and cursed for your "killing innocents." What about our innocents who died in 9/11? As a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, Lebanon, MO, you will remain in my prayers, as well as our congregation's, until the last one comes home!

Posted by Linda O November 25, 08 11:25 AM
302.

My cousin is a helicopter mechanic for the Army and has served in Afghanistan. He brought back a flag flown from one of his units choppers while engaged in combat against the enemy. I will treasure it, as a reminder of his sacrifice of time, and so much more. I thank the Lord that he came home alive and whole. To those who have not, I pray that our he may accept them with open arms and comfort the loved ones left behind. I send my love to all. May the Lord grant our military safety, honor, and victory.

Posted by Alex Braunberger November 25, 08 11:49 AM
303.

I am a Viet Nam combat vet and I want to thank you for your service keeping our country safe and helping others.God bless and be safe. Keep your head down and eyes wide open!!!!

Posted by Morgan T Lewis November 25, 08 01:56 PM
304.

We should all thank God for all our boys and girls that are fighting to keep our countries safe. My Grandson was there and because they look after each other he came home to his family . Thank You All.

Posted by Margaret November 25, 08 02:55 PM
305.

For those who still believe the canard that WMD in Iraq was a convenient lie to justify a war, Iraq recently sold and shipped 5 tons of Saddam's yellowcake to Canada. For those who believe the other canard that Iraq had nothing to do with al Qaeda, and by association 9/11, please explain how al Qaeda leader Zarqawi was killed in Iraq? Wake up to the fact that the mainstream media will print only what they want you to believe or think. God bless America and her troops.

Posted by Loretta November 25, 08 03:04 PM
306.

A huge Thanks to our troops...without them where would we be.
We are keeping you all in our prayers.

Posted by A Andreatta November 25, 08 03:05 PM
307.

HERE IS MY PERSONAL GUARANTY THAT EVERYONE OF YOU PRO-WAR JESUS FREAKS VOTED FOR THE GREATEST DISASTER IN U.S. HISTORY, GEORGE W. BUSH. OH, YES YOU DID. ADMIT IT. AMERICA RANKS 18th IN THE WORLD IN EDUCATION AS EVIDENCED BY MOST OF THE COMMENTS HERE. BUSH SAID THAT GOD TOLD HIM TO INVADE IRAQ, AND HE DID. AND YOU MORONS WENT FOR IT. YOU VOTED FOR HIM BECAUSE OF THE ''GOD BLESS AMERICA'' BULLSHIT. IF HITLER WENT AROUND SAYING ''GOD BLESS YOU AND AMERICA'' YOU'D VOTE FOR HIM TOO. YOU PEOPLE DISGUST ME.

Posted by RON BARON November 25, 08 03:26 PM
308.

I am humbled by the strength and commitment our young men have in fighting against those Taliban who harbored Al Qaeda fighters who wished kill infidels and to impose their rule over a gentle Afghanistan people.
To those US soldiers and marines who traverse the terrain there my hat's off to you all.
Please keep safe and return home soon.

Posted by Albert November 25, 08 03:35 PM
309.

I love these sites. No Hollywood starlets, no diva NFL football players, no bullshit politicians: Just gut-wrenching issues being aired in a public forum by people who have passionate feelings about things.
I missed Vietnam by an accident of birthdate: I was born in 1954 -- even had I been drafted at 18 (I wasn't), they were no longer sending draftees by then. I was too old for any subsequent conflicts.
But I know from reading, and from life, that I will NEVER know the combat experience. I can only thank those who have made the sacrifice, and read sites like this, where the freedom to express your thoughts has been protected by those who have made the sacrifice.
Geez, why don't all of you try and show a little respect for each other. Everyone has a right to his or her opinion, without being called names.

Posted by Tommy Ballard November 25, 08 03:55 PM
310.

These troops are working to defeat those who defend and protect Osama Bin Laden and others who want to kill us here in the USA. The Taliban will eventually be brought into the 20th Century. It will be done because of these troopers. They are brave and bold. Thanks!

Posted by JCS November 25, 08 05:12 PM
311.

To all the Army, Navy, Marine & Air Force protecting out freedom. I am a veteran from many decades ago .
I think of you out there in the world standing guard over our freedom and I thank you and pray for all of you.
We as Americans salute you and love each and everyone of you and pray you come home whole and unhurt.

Posted by Mr. Ronald J. Whitman November 25, 08 06:11 PM
312.

Support and defend, As a 20 yr Vet as an 11-B my thoughts and prayers are with all my fellow Soldiers. Stay low, stay alert. God will bring you home. God Bless all of you and your loved ones. Every American should appreciate and respect what you do for our country.

Posted by Mark Pereschuk November 25, 08 07:31 PM
313.

As a former U.S. Marine who survived Viet Nam I pass along some very wise wisdom my grandmother gave to me before I went. No.1 - When the enemy is within range - so are you. No.2 - Keep your head down and your ass will follow. And No.3 - When the pin is pulled, Mr. Hand Grenade is not our friend. I thank each and every one who has served for America truly is the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Posted by Joe Kudla November 25, 08 08:17 PM
314.

Hey - Jbee (#244) - You are one pathetic excuse for a human being. Another example of the morons that populate the Loony Left.

Posted by RScooterB November 25, 08 09:06 PM
315.

I have seen our servicemen/women described as having "signed blank checks to do whatever their country ordered, even at the cost of their lives" This is the truth.. That is the spirit that has made our great country for more than two hundred years. We Americans believe in the rights of man given by our Creator, not only to ourselves but to all humans. To claim those rights but deny them for others is hypocracy. We are grateful to those serving our country now and give all honor to those whose checks have been called. I suggest to everyone that a visit to a National Cemetery will show thousands who served and returned. You will see what hasmade the United States what it is. Thousands upon thousands of individual testimonials of honored service. Those who scoff at our country should also visit and show a little humility toward those who have given them the right to be scoffers. I will be proud to join my late father, son, and others who, as Americans, upheld the honor of our family and country. And let the scoffers at home remind themselves of those in Iraq, Afghanistan, even Iran, Germany, Bosnia, Panama, etc. who do not scoff but are truly grateful for the selfless dedication of our brave warriors..

Posted by JJDUSNR'1943 November 25, 08 10:03 PM
316.

Dear Fighting Men and Women,

Thank you a million times over for the sacrifice you're making! You are the best of the best. Please know you have super support here at home, and that our prayers are with you all the time. You deserve the best, especially during the Christmas season. I know it must be so difficult for you to be away from your families!
New Jersey loves you guys!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Mike November 25, 08 10:41 PM
317.

I'm a Vietnam veteran, and a recipient of the Purple Heart. The wars in Iraq & Afghanistan seem so much like Vietnam, but somehow even tougher. The faces of the soldiers are so young, with eyes so old. Once again, we are destroying the best & finest of another generation of America's youth. I don't think it's so much a matter of conservative or liberal, but just plain stupidity. We lose so many lives fighting a war in a half-ass manner. We need to fight to win, & win quickly. To hell with collateral damage. Kill 'em all, & let God/Allah sort 'em out. We need to kick their asses flat, get the hell out, & not leave any POWs behind this time. God Bless Our Troops, God Bless America, & God Bless the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

Posted by BRITT SMALL November 25, 08 11:14 PM
318.

Gott, mit unseren Soldaten sein!
(God be with our soldiers)
Mark
from San Diego

Posted by Mark L Gundert November 25, 08 11:47 PM
319.

To: # 270 and his ridiculous statement: "Euros have never won a battle" Duh !
How about the tiny island called England,they conquered and ruled 2/3 rds of the world for hundreds of years,until the last century. Many other Euro nations had successes as well,and formed colonies which they also defeated and ruled.
I suggest you take world history over again. Oh yea, talking about the USA being so mighty and victorious ,what happened in Somalia,or better yet Vietnam ?
Just like there Afghanistan ,will be the same. "For thousands of years,before the Romans,and most recently Russia, NO ONE has ever conquered those ruthless
Afgans,life is cheap to them, and they just wont give in !!!!!!!! Read your history !

Posted by Gordon Wynn November 26, 08 12:02 AM
320.

Great photos! I think just about anyone could write a book about how they feel about our current international situation. I have lived all over the world, have lived in Iran for almost six years and have traveled to pre-Russion invasion of Afghanistan. We have the bravest soldiers in the world, but our politicians often send them on foolhardy missions. We thought we were better than the French in Indo China (Vietnam). We thought we were better than the British in Iraq. And, we think we are better than the Russians in Afghanistan. When we we ever learn that we should not interfere in places which we do not understand?

Posted by Don McD November 26, 08 12:16 AM
321.

i have to say they are really good , they tell a story like no other i have seen befor ! my partner works away in iraq but i never get to see or here what its really like out there ean u have just given me something i never thought i would get , thankyou !!!

Posted by franky November 26, 08 03:43 AM
322.

As we celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday tomorrow let us not forget that our freedom is not free!
God bless all the troops past and present that made this possible so we may enjoy with family this holiday and let us be Thankful to all the troops now serving in the military to keep us free so we can worship our Christian belief.

Posted by Terry L Gaskill, Tampico, IL Birthplace of Ronald Reagan November 26, 08 06:23 AM
323.

Osama, it is your ass when our mighty troops begin their SURGE in your cubby hole in Afganistan!

Posted by scooterpop November 26, 08 06:27 AM
324.

I thank you for what all these young defenders of our country are doing for me and my wife,my children supports them Hopefully my grandchildren will not get in the future a story a sorry story (from someone who was not there) as to how we went into this country and killed inocent mountain people...Bill Barrett

Posted by bill barrett November 26, 08 08:22 AM
325.

From a former Marine -- and Proud Vietnam Vet ---knows what it is to be fighting a war at Christmas ----- Bless you troopers -- And to those who cant appreciate sacrifice -- I say be quiet ------- and let the troops handle your security -- You couldnt do it on your own -- A Marine --- Ist Marine Div 65-66 Vietnam

Posted by Marty November 26, 08 08:36 AM
326.

to all our brave service man and woman thank you for me and my familys freedom semper fi

Posted by steve janakas November 26, 08 10:21 AM
327.

For #307. Ron Baron - If you will tell me your age, what your work is, where you work, where you went to school, and how long you went to school, I'll lay out a program for you to cleanse your mind, get rid of your demons, and move toward a modicum of happiness r in the future. Overcoming brainwashing is not easy, but I will bet that you can make a good stab at it.

Posted by Jack Miller November 26, 08 11:09 AM
328.

I fought in Vietnam and my son fought in Iraq. We're both proud of our service. Those that have not served by their own choice have no valid voice in the war. You just don't understand the concept of national defense.
Major Darryl Rice and Sgt Jason Rice

Posted by Darryl Rice, Major, USAF November 26, 08 11:13 AM
329.

God Bless our Troops!!!

Let the Iraqi troops take over allthe fighting.
Let Iran and Syria be held accountable-make their land melted glass if the do not comply.
About time the US military ran the war and not the politicians here or in Iraq.
Let the Iraqi front the cost of the war with their forces and their money/

Enough is enough no more american blood its not worth it any more


Roger Wiech

Posted by Roger Wiechec November 26, 08 11:50 AM
330.

#307 should be deported from the United States, then see how he feels about " God Bless America". I am a veteran and YOU disgust me.

Posted by GB November 26, 08 12:27 PM
331.

I totally agree with #235...WAKE UP AMRICA. O-dumba (Obama) wants to save 10-billion a month from the cost of the IRAQ war, as he said many times during the campaign. Now he wants to take 2 years to pull the troops out of Iraq, this equates to 240 billion ...SO WHERE IS THE SAVINGS?....and he will then transfer the troops to AFGHANISTAN .....I GUESS IT IS LESS COSTLY TO FIGHT THERE THAN IN IRAQ, too funny. The snake oil salesman (Obama) has deceived you again if you believe that. The troops should come home, we should nuke AFGHANISTAN and place all our troops on Mexican border to prevent the invasion.

Posted by Lynn Arnett November 26, 08 12:50 PM
332.

If you have to pick a number, I say go 317! Worth another read. As a Viet Nam Vet '68&'69(popular yrs) and a former Marine, I pledge to confront anyone anywhere that doesn't offer our service men and women support when they return home. There should be no peer outpour, no media outpour, no political outpour. They are special, will be honored and treated that way.....or there should be some more ass kicking right here at home. S. Baker November 26, 08 14;40PM

Posted by S. Baker November 26, 08 02:42 PM
333.

It isad to see so many people question the motives of this country. Every country that we have set f oot in has been better off for having us been there. We are first every where in the world when disaster strikes.We put Europe back on it's feet after WW 2 with the Marshall Plan. We never gained any territory and in fact returned every piece, we conquered, back to the people who lived there. The Philipine Islands are a great example. People sill immigrate to this country which should say it all. GOD BLESS AMERICA

Posted by Rich November 26, 08 03:06 PM
334.

#233
Wow you moron! WE do not elect the president by populist vote, and 8 million votes is NOT an "over whelming number of Americans", especially when you consider the total population is 300 million, and 208 million are eligible to vote. The margin of victory for eligible voters in the populist vote was a MERE 3%. The number of votes that allowed The President-Elect to win was 2 million votes as we elect the president by the electoral college, and that margin was a PALTRY 9/10th's of 1% of the total voting population.

#240
Well I sugget remedial history classes for you ace...,
"US soldiers (many are poor) fight and die for some rich man's profit and that is something Americans just can't seem to understand...".
The founding fathers were all rich. Washington was the richest man in Virginia, and the taxes being paid without representation in parliament were paid by the rich importers and merchants, NOT the middle class or farmers in the American Revolution. So the fact that soldiers (many of whom are too young to have amassed a fortune) are not wealthy, is NOT an argument in any way connected to the reality of the situation over there.

Want to whine about costs? When you adjust historic costs to current prices, the cost of the Bank Bailout will cost more than ALL THE MILITARY ACTIONS OF US FORCES IN HISTORY, COMBINED! Senator Chris Dodd (D) and Senator Harry Reid (D) blocked the Republican attempts in 2003 and 2005 to regulate the mortgage industry, AND Rep. Barney Frank (D) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D) did the same in the house.

How "costly" would a nuclear armed Iran be? Do you doubt that Iran would be closer to their own weapon if we weren't literaly next door to them? Iran IS a state sponsor of terrorism (President Jimmy Carter (D) put the Mullah's in power there). Machiavelli pointed out centuries ago it was better to defeat a weaker opponent (Iraq and Afghanistan) to keep a stronger opponent (Iran) in check, than to go at the stronger opponent head-on.


Posted by DW November 26, 08 03:55 PM
335.

If we quit this war on terrorism, get ready for many, many 9/11's, here at home, only much worse!

Posted by HHR November 26, 08 05:54 PM
336.

I wish to add my name to those who say God Bless American, and God Bless the
brave, self sacrificing men and women who defend our freedom. This is the fourth war I have lived through, when freinds and relatives went to fight, some never to return. When I was young, women did not go to fight, but did help out in positions allowed to them. Now I cannot say how grrateful I am to those who make it possible for the rest of us to hope for a better day tomorrow..for the USA and for the world. L. Sansing

Posted by Loella Sansing November 26, 08 06:06 PM
337.

I have never commented on anything anywhere relating to US soldiers fighting to preserve the freedom we hold so dear. I am a combat wounded soldier of the Viet Nam War, yet another "unpopular war" of days gone by. The poeple of countries like Afganistan and Iraq have not felt, smelled or tasted the freedom we take for granted daily, in a very long time, if ever. To those who oppose our presence to stop the spread of the Taliban terror I say you neither deserve nor appreciate the freedom veterans like myself have given you and you should be ashamed to call yourself an American. Please support our troops.

Posted by Greg Walsh November 26, 08 07:52 PM
338.

i haven't read all the comments,,i ONLY remember when there were only 2 super-powers in the world, and one of them was the USSR who fought the afghans for 10 yrs and lost,,what ever made us think that we could do better???? ,i am not trying to denigrate our country, i just don't think we should be involved in another lost cause---take care of our country,,,let them go--that area have been fighting each other for 3000 yrs,,there is no end in sight until Islam is all there is, and there are NO infidels.....i'm not sure if i should even send this,,,i might be targeted by some groups

Posted by George November 26, 08 08:51 PM
339.

Ron Baron,
Speak to me about your vast inteligence. You can't even locate the Caps Lock button on your keyboard. I am a Jesus freak and it's people like you that try to do business with me and then say "God Bless You" with a smoke in one hand, a beer in the other, and with the stench of curse words still on you breath. Once people like you find out someone is a Christian, they turn chameleon and try their best to con them.
Yes, I understand I am a pawn to both parties, do you?

Posted by LMG November 26, 08 10:54 PM
340.

All of the people who don't support our troops should take all their worldly possesion and move to Iraq or Afganistan or a country with NO freedom and keep out of the greatest country in the world. Its like my Granpa used to say "don't bitch about the farmers with your mouth full of food" Stand up for America or GET OUT!!!

Posted by Jim Stone November 27, 08 12:04 AM
341.

It is amazing and gut wrenching to see what the brave men & women of our military deal with over in Afghanistan, etc. I will be posting some of these pictures in my break room at work and asking my coworkers to donate so I can send some small form of thanks to the soldiers. Wouldn't it be nice if more of us did that too?..

Posted by Kristin November 27, 08 12:26 AM
342.

334 well said. 338, you need to pay more attention. It is the well intentioned but terribly uninformed people of America like yourself and some of the other even bigger idiots writing above that use FREEDOM of Speech to spout nonsense that is destroying this country. But, you will not fight to protect those same Freedoms. You get your ten minutes of news from CNN, ABC, CBS. You get your politics from Jon Stewart and Bill Maher and Hollywood and think you have all the answers. You vote for idiots with Mantras of HOPE and CHANGE and WAR is wrong. Liberals are destroying our Country from within while BRAVE Soldiers are dying on foreign soil to protect our Freedoms. Pick up a History book sometime.

Posted by Steve Quan November 27, 08 04:16 AM
343.

Our American soldiers are doing a difficult job. I would like to say to the American people lets fight as hard for them here at home for health benefits, higher salaries, housing, jobs and the opportunity to live in the very Country they serve without any bias. The people of this Country protest alot of non-sense things for rights of this and that. Lets protest for the Men and Women who have taken on this mammoth responsibility in another persons Country they are not wanted in.

Posted by Savhon November 27, 08 09:29 AM
344.

Fantastic photos, the small details of which brought back many memories. Regardless of your political position, these men and women are our heros. When you see them in public, approach them, offer your hand and thank them for their service to our nation. If you are in a position to hire, give them preferenece (you won't be sorry). And I encourage you pray for our present and future leaders (Bush and Obama) and all leaders; that they will have the wisdom and courage to carry out their responsibilities. Pray for our troops, their families and our nation with the same abandon and concern you would pray for a loved one in need.

Posted by Al, G 3/4 and A 1/5 USMC Viet Nam November 27, 08 10:27 AM
345.

Ron Baron gargles my balls. You're free to move your ass on over to the middle east any day, jagoff! Rot in hell. Freedom isn't free and I would love to meet you in person, coward! Sleep well under the security blanket our troops provide you and your family...

Posted by Todd, F-16 Pilot November 27, 08 11:34 AM
346.

Keep up the good work, we here in the home land appreciate all our troops and what you all do for our freedom. I'm a Vietnam Vet and know well there's no place like home for the Holidays. Stay safe, hunt well, shoot staight and may God rest on your shoulders and protect you.

Posted by Lenny - 17th Air Cav Vietnam November 27, 08 12:58 PM
347.

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Troops. And while I find Ron Barons comments as disgusting as most of you, it is his right as an American to voice it. As a 22 year vet myself I was against going in to Iraq for the reasons given, but once we were sent there I felt it was more import to support the troops than to oppose the war. Its too bad that those that hate Bush so much also transfer that hate to their fellow Americans who have chosen to serve their country.

Posted by Phil November 27, 08 01:01 PM
348.

I can see the freaks are out on this site. Thank all of you never have beens for ruining a site ment to pay respect to those who have served and been to these places. We fight not for ourselves, but for all.

Posted by L Rolf November 27, 08 05:23 PM
349.

Thank God for our troupes, all over the world, With out them we would be speaking,, some other language, besides English. duane

Posted by Duane Harbeson November 27, 08 08:29 PM
350.

America the spoiled needs to wake up! Pay attention to whats going on at home and I dont mean sports or silly reality shows.we elect those dufus pols? why?we live in the greatest country on earth.brought to you by brave warriors who sacrificed for YOU!!!!! Islam will not stop untill Islam dominates the world It doesnt matter if we "leave them alone and let them fight it out" to them we are infidels and therefore must die..we kill them there,they dont come here...pretty simple.. Future posts from me will be from Afghanistan where I will fight and support my brothers and sisters at their sides God bless the USA and our Military !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by TSGt G November 27, 08 09:35 PM
351.

THANKSGIVING DAY, 2008 - AMERICA
I returned to this superb gallery of photos today in reflection on what it means to be thankful. I am thankful that I am here in the U.S. and, more than that, am thankful that there are still brave men and women all over the world that are defending my right to sit at this computer and surf the web for these superb images that these journalists risk their lives to bring us. Good people, let's change the world and make it a better place for all. Get the word out. War is still "not good for people and other living things." But, these guys are working for us. Not against us. Give them your support. Peace.

Posted by JW November 27, 08 09:57 PM
352.

Thanks for your service in the military, whether you served in combat or stationed
in a safer haven. You all did your part. Remember our VETS on Veteran's Day.
God Bless you all..

Posted by Bill Mayer November 27, 08 09:59 PM
353.

SOMEONE SAID I WAS BRAIN-WASHED. NOW THAT'S FUNNY, BECAUSE I AM THE ONE WHO WROTE THAT THERE ARE NO WMD IN IRAQ. I AM THE ONE WHO WROTE THAT THERE WAS NO IRAQI CONNECTION TO 9/11. I AM THE ONE WHO WAS AN ALTER BOY AND BROKE AWAY FROM AN ATTEMPTED BRAIN-WASHING BY MEN IN ROBES. BUT THE PEOPLE WRITING HERE SEEM TO BELIEVE THAT THERE'S A MAN UP IN THE SKY WHO WILL GRANT YOUR WISHES IF YOU ASK HARD ENOUGH--LIKE GIVE YOU A TURKEY ON THANKSGIVING, OR HELPING YOUR FOOTBALL TEAM WIN. THE NEXT TIME YOU DROP BOMBS ON A WEDDING PARTTY THINK ABOUT 9/11 AND HOW YOU FELT. AND PLEASE DROP THE GOD BLESS CRAP.

Posted by RON BARON November 28, 08 02:58 AM
354.

Rod Baron.
You forgot about saddam paying the families of suicide bombers for killing Americans and Isralies. You don't have a clue that the years of saddam thunbing his nose at the agreement that he made in 91 gave encouragement to the radical element. You don't understand that the taliban gave safe haven to bin ladin and his al quada thugs. You don't bother to think, you regurgitate the trash the socialist party puts out.
You are too lazy to really reasearch what is/has happened in the world. Your even too lazy, or stupid, to use the keyboard properly.
As a 30 year jarhead I have the too stupid excuse. What is yours?
I have a lot of friends that have been and are over there, some of them lost their lives. EVERYONE of them that has come home says that what we are doing is a good thing. There are many people over there that DON'T want to live under the rule of the radical trash.
For those of you that would like to meet up with ron (no cap is on purpose, he isn't a proper person), the only way you will ever meet this dipstick is if he is in the company of other cowards, protected by the police, as he trashes the USA and it's protectors. Go look at the demonstration in Portland Oregon when a bunch of idiots, like him were burning the flag and the effigy of a us soldier.
The cops kept us away from that trash or there would have been a run on the emergency rooms. Those of us that really love this country also support the police and would not cross the police line.
Did anyone see anything on the news that there were people there trying to counter that bunch of cowardly trash? They didn't even have the guts to show their faces, they hid behind scarves the same as the terrorists do.
We begged the police to turn around and walk away. They were sympathetic to us but just like the Brave Men and Women in our Military, they had a job to do.

Posted by Herb November 28, 08 12:42 PM
355.

I immigrated to Canada 2 years ago. Why? How about torture at Abu Ghraib, torture at Guantanamo, torture as policy? How about our govt. committing war crimes with the Iraqi invasion based on a pack of lies? How about taking local governments to court to force their school districts to teach Creationism in public schools. How about denying the potential of embryonic stem-cell cures of a myriad of deseases? How about spying on Americans? How about the Bush administration holding back on the morning-after pill? How about f...king up the environment and lying about the global warming threat? Ron Baron is right. Conservatives are messed up intellectually.

Posted by Jim November 28, 08 03:10 PM
356.

unas fotos muy buenas, buena calidad, ahora, faltan mas!

Posted by Dan November 28, 08 03:42 PM
357.

We elected a President and a Congress to conduct our nation's domestic and foreigh affairs. If we don't like the way these matters are handled, replace them when their terms expire. These elected officials are privilaged to information we do not have, much of it should be kept secrete. If you do not like what's going on, keep your mouth shut. Negative comments from home are terribly unsettling to our soldiers, and at the same time encouragement to the enemy. Our government is responsible for perserving this precious LIBERTY. Leave them alone and expect them to do their very best to perserve this precious LIBERTY!

Posted by C.D. Nolen November 28, 08 04:04 PM
358.

If the Germans had protested Hitler's crimes, they most likely would have prevented a second world war.

Posted by Jim November 28, 08 05:33 PM
359.

to all those that are serving overseas,you have my full support and i just wish that we would get over this kindler gentler crap,we need to get over there and kick their ass so bad that it would be a very long time before the taliban or some other fools would think about trying something here again,the idiots in washington should go there with a M-16 and see what it is like

Posted by roger November 28, 08 05:57 PM
360.

Great Job Guys and Ladies. I know you have a bad situation over there and are doing the best you can. Remember, during these holidays and the rest of the year, that you are greatly appreciated. There are a lot of people here in the states that appreciate your sacrifice so that we may sleep at night and enjoy all the freedoms we are lucky enough to enjoy.

Take Care and Happy Holidays to all!

Posted by Linda Hawley November 28, 08 06:14 PM
361.

Great job our (UK, US, Canada, France, etc) guys are doing out there.
Keeping the terrorists busy means they dont have half as many chances to plt at ways to kill me over here.
I owe you guys.

Posted by Phill November 29, 08 05:52 AM
362.

Ron Baron,
Your a damn fool . I'm guessing you never spent much time away from the states or served in the military. Thats o.k.. I will always defend your right to be a dumb sh*t . Its called freedom and it's not free nor is it cheap, my friends have died and I have spent many months away from my family so other may sleep safe in their beds,and have time to write complete nonsense as you have. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OUR BRAVE TROOPS. I pray for your safe retun and until then. Locate Close in and Destroy !


Posted by Lynn Sherman November 29, 08 08:11 PM
363.

I'm posting to defend Ron Baron. Just what did he say that you object to? Personally, I believe everything he has said is right on. Say, if you think going to war in Iraq was the right thing to do, even though the reasons Bush gave were total bull-sh*t, then let's go to war with Russia. Hell, Georgia sent 2000 troops to Iraq when we went to war, so why don't we send troops to Georgia to fight the Russians? I suppose it's just like a large troubled corporation--too big to fail, so the Russkies are too big to fight. Yee gads, what morons!

Posted by Jim November 29, 08 09:49 PM
364.

I've been a member of the Patriot Guard Riders for 3 years, and have witnessed way too much sadness over our wonderful young men and women who have given their lives in Iraq & Afghanistan.
My deepest thanks to everyone who has or is serving in the military, like my two sons. God be with all of you on active duty. Tomorrow I will join PGR and members of the Upper Michigan community of Calumet in sending off 114 of our young men & women for deployment in Afghanistan.
The pictures were great....scary but great. Thank you for this website. I will be back.

Posted by Al S November 29, 08 09:52 PM
365.

I will pray for your soul #353 and I pray for all the brave men and women and what I call children that are fighting for our freedom and liberty to have such a forum to speak so freeley. This nation was founded one nation under GOD REMEMBER. Just asking have you ever felt true LOVE? Do you have children? Just the fact that you have an option for the way you believe leads me to believe that you are the beloved, to live in the chosen times, so next time you want to think there is no GOD then think back to the most precious time of your life and remember if you didnt thank somebody for that. GOD BLESS YOU

Posted by Diane Boyd November 29, 08 10:33 PM
366.

Some day the moronic liberal media will understand what leaders such a Ronald Reagan saw: "A shining city on a hill." He saw a great nation under the true GOD whose purpose is to defend the defenseless from those who wish to ruthlessly overtake them with no care to the sacredness of life. He knew that our military had to be the very best as well as a force that protects as many innocent lives as possible. It is awesome to know that our military has never been designed to be a force that kills just to kill, but rather kills with a real purpose; to protect our own freedom and that of those who can not. GOD BLESS OUR MILITARY. THANK YOU ALL WHO HAVE AND ARE NOW SERVING. YOUR THE BEST.

Posted by Scott B. Bender November 29, 08 11:14 PM
367.

To all you crybabies why don't you get a life! Everyone seems to forget that we have troops around the world facing the enemy. I am retired U.S. Air Force and have flown supplies into war zones and bodies out of war zones. So all you crybabies go off to a corner and beat your head against the wall until you pass out, we don't need your kind in the USA! Why don't you know-it-alls go to Walter Reed Hospital or any military hospital and volunteer to hold that cup of water to the lips of a soldier who has no arms! We 'body count' the soldier that lost his life, but the ones that return without arms, legs, blind need our support and PRAYERS!

Posted by Davis E. Campbell November 30, 08 12:14 AM
368.

I love all of our troops and have the upmost respect for all of them and I thank them for their support for our freedom. I could never ever understand why anyone would ever doubt their abilities, just sorry that they seem to be handtied with all of the politics. Let them go and win this conflict and come home to their familes. Let them folks that have been fighting for 2000 years duke it out, but let our military come home!!!!
God Bless America
T.

Posted by Tommy Wood November 30, 08 12:37 AM
369.

All the politicans say thank you to the troops. What I would like to know is what they do for them when they return. The Vets. should be treated with the most respect. It just bothers me that people coming into this country get treated better from the government. The government should also remember what the Vets. and their families have given up to protect us and our freedom. A lot of homeless people are Vets. Its nice that the government pats them on the back when they serve out country but the goverment should never forget them or their families. God Bless all the brave Men and Women who serve now and in the past. Thank You. You are always in my heart and I will never forget them.

Posted by Lucy November 30, 08 01:59 PM
370.

I hear kids and adults getting into trouble, with guns, knives. If they want ot fight so bad give them a gun and send them over where our troops are and bring our loved
ones home. They're fighting for these idiots's rights to be free, and al they want to do is kill, Give them a chance to see what our loved ones are fighting for. If they can't see the big picture, beeing shot back at , they'll never make it to see their next
birthday.Jail or juvy is no place to teach them the value of life, being on the front lines of someone shooting at them is a lesson learned.

Posted by C.J. Langworthy November 30, 08 02:18 PM
371.

I have been to Iraq and I have been a military police. I respect our troops. However the war is not about freedom it is about the GAME these people play with our lives and as long as any body believes it is a conservative OR liberal you are seriously brainwashed. Why do people vote for a party? Why do we continually elect these Unworthy people? The economy is in the toilet because the government has removed the tariffs so that all our jobs have gone over seas. The Japanese have copied our motorcycles, cars, and anything else they can why do we not copy them? I am in a serious rant at this time because of the BS that has been inflicted on us by our “leaders” and the sheepeople just continue to argue about nothing that matters. Try thinking outside the box. For all you people that think we are free guess again. You are free as long as you have you seat belt on, wear a helmet, have a drivers license, and any other law that deprives us of our freedom. This country was founded on being able to do as you wish so long as it does not affect someone else’s freedom, THAT IS FREEDOM. The Supreme Court has said that we have the right to be left alone. Try just try and be objective for once and think for yourself and tell me how free we are and why are military is occupying other countries. God bless us all we need it.

Posted by Donald November 30, 08 02:35 PM
372.

There have been one hundred rapes in Japan and Okinawa in just the past few years--all committed by "OUR TROOPS". There have been torture, rape, and murder in Iraq--committed by ''OUR TROOPS''. There have been a plethera of lies coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan about friendly fire and collateral damage (like the Pat Tillman case) told by our troops. Our troops don't become saints because they put a uniform on. They are neither good nor bad because of a uniform, and that includes cops, priests, rabbies and mullahs. So, praise them when they are good and condemn them when they are not. And always keep your religion to yourselves.

Posted by SAM FROM ARIZONA November 30, 08 02:48 PM
373.

To the all our armed forces fighting for our country, thank you and may God bless you and keep you safe

Posted by FDH November 30, 08 08:02 PM
374.

HEY SAM FROM ARIZONA, GOOD COMMENT! THANKS FOR DEFENDING SANITY AGAINST THE LOONEY FRINGE. THERE'S A ''JIM'' WHO ALSO WOKE UP. THANKS TO HIM TOO. NOW THAT I'VE DONE MY JOB, I MUST SAY GOOD-BYE TO THIS WEB SITE, AND ''MISSION ACCOMPLISHED''.

Posted by RON BARON November 30, 08 08:07 PM
375.

All this BS about freedom and having restricted life here in the good old USA - Well, try living in any other country!! Are they blowing up our hotels, trains, and ball parks ?? Hooray for the troops ( The Marines/ Army/ Air Force/ Navy/ Coast Guard ), they are there - they volunteered for what ever reasons - they are the Countries shield - the professionals - they train to fight & kill the enemy and I would rather see them OVER THERE then doing in our back yards !!
We are the Romans of the world !! Ours is the responsibility to keep fredom alive for all - weather you like it or not !!! Semper Fi to all our fighting Lads & Gals !!

Posted by Jim Ogilvie, Gunny USMC Ret November 30, 08 08:24 PM
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I am a grandmother of 3 grandsons in the marines and one grandson in the Army, 2 grandsons are presently in Iraq,. the other has been there and returned home, the third will be going over later in the new year. They tell us that we made a difference and many of the Iraq's are happy that we are there.I pray for them and there fellowmen, I thank all of troops for their efforts in keeping us safe at home. May their Guardian Angels sit on their right shoulders and protect them always.
The pictures helped me understand what they are going through.

Posted by Louise November 30, 08 09:54 PM
377.

Support our deployed soldiers!

http://adoptaussoldier.org

Posted by Nora C November 30, 08 11:12 PM
378.

These pictures tell the story of what our boys are doing for all of us here in the states I pray for them every day that they will soon get to come home to their familys and just get this thing handled . God bless them all and bring them back home safe.

Posted by vonda David December 1, 08 07:07 AM
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GOD BLESS ALL OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO PROTECT US EACH DAY IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY . TRUELY THEY ARE THE HEROES OF THE ENTIRE WORLD. SINCE WE FIGHT IN OTHER LANDS FOR FREEDOM, IT SIMPLY MEANS THAT WE WANT HAVE TO FIGHT IN OURS...........MYSELF AND FOUR BROTHERS HAVE SERVED IN THE US FORCES AT VARIOUS TIME THROUGH OUT THE LAST SIXTH FIVE YEARS AND WE ARE VERY PROUD TO BE AMERICANS . GOD BLESS AMERICA..........


Posted by HARRY WALLACE December 1, 08 07:42 AM
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May God Bless you all and keep you safe. May God give you the strength to go on protecting our nation, I pray that the Taliban will be convicted of their hatefulness and come to terms and have no more killing or fighting. May God weigh heavy upon each and everyone that wishes harm on the United States of America. May God hold all of the troops in all of our military service men and women all over the world close and lift them up,I pray God Bless you all.

Posted by Rita B December 1, 08 09:42 AM
381.

Now you can understand why the Soviets pulled out of this place. We most likely will suffer the same fate because these people apparently love to kill each other and they have never been conquered in 5000 years. Who would want to own this desolate country which has no resources except poppy seeds. I would recommend evacuating the good people and then allow the Talliban to return and then exterminate them with nuclear weapons. Let this serve as an example to world. Extermination of these terrorist is the only real solutuion because peace will never be accepted and honored by these insane fanatics. NUKEem

Posted by Gator December 1, 08 10:10 AM
382.

Amen, to #345 and #354. Mr. Ron Baron is a waste of breath and was probably a mistake in life, But you can bet he sleeps well at night while the Soldiers are on guard. So to all of you, dont waste your time with this idiot, all he wants is attention. He will have his day in HELL. God Bless our Troops

Posted by Mark Pereschuk December 1, 08 11:23 AM
383.

Please, stop the politicking for a moment. These are our fellow citizens, pictured there in Afghanistan, fighting, dying, and returning to our country in sometimes shattered pieces (physically or mentally). They are there because 9/11 DID OCCUR...that's the issue that began this...they are there because they believe that what is HOME (= USA) is worth something...we are not perfect, but at least we have the opportunity to affect "changes" (oops, sorry Barack's words), to make improvements and correct injustices and inequities within our world. The very fact that "people" are involved in the decisions leaves those decisions open to ccorruption, prejudice, avarice, etal.regardless, These heroes (yes indeed, they are there representing you, me, and our children and their super powers are the ir wiillingness to risk their freedoms and lives for the greater good) deserve our greatest respect and assistance....they are there because they believe we need them there.I was born in 1952, was in the last draft, and luckily (and I mean that with every fiber of my being and every respect for those who served) my number was not called. Those in Viet Nam, and in IRAQ , Afghanistan, as well as those from all those foreign posts and wars in which they have served, were there for US. Just as you would for your family members, they defend US...right or wrong, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Atheist or otherwise...in the hopes that our freedoms will survive and we, the people, will find an answer to the injustices in the world.

They serve. We need only to support them. We would do no less for the police, firefighters, doctors and nurses who are there to protect and serve us here.

Whether we elect idiots, saints, seers, or crooks, we elect them! right wing, left wing, or moderate....you all...we all....have our chance to speak and influence, maybe even lead, our fellow countrymen. Get off your soap boxes...thank these people, and all who have served so valiantly, for your rights and ability to speak your piece here. (and bless those in Mumbai and theirfamilies -lovely world, eh?)

Remember, we went to Afghanistan after those who planned and bankrolled 9/11...we lost sight of that when we allowed our politics to get involved.

Posted by Bill December 1, 08 12:35 PM
384.

You captured in film what words can't express
God Bless America
God Bless our military
God damn #307
darci

Posted by Anonymous December 1, 08 01:11 PM
385.

I do understand freedom. My Grandfather died of wounds during WWI; My Uncle, a young Ist Lt. with the 101st Airborne, was killed at the Battle of the Bulge. My Brother-in-law received the Silver Star with Patton's Army, also in WWII. They experienced what these young people are experiencing now. I was luck---served 23 years with the U.S. Air Force, but never entered cobat, but I've never forgotten, not for one minute, what they did and are doing for this thing called "Freedom." I fly the flag every day to insure I won't forget. God Bless them all!!

Posted by Don Martin December 1, 08 01:39 PM
386.

this just hurts my heart !

Posted by Anonymous December 1, 08 03:23 PM
387.

Most everyone is performing a task designated by another. You may not support Americas current policy. Please, remember the troops are doing their job, as any of us do in our line of employment. Not everyone is afforded the opportunity to select what they want to do for work. Don't give up on them. If you do not agree with current political policy, vote the politicians out. That is democracy.

Posted by Terry Mac HM1 or PC1 to some. USN/FMF '64-'68 December 1, 08 03:27 PM
388.

Bless all who have been or are currently in harms way for our country. We make mistakes...all institutions of man do...but those who defend us deserve our very best wishes.

Posted by Barbara December 1, 08 04:01 PM
389.

MY HEART BREAKS AT THE THOUGHT OF WHAT OUR DEDICATED MEN FACE EACH DAY. THERE IS SO MUCH EVIL IN OUR WORLD, AND YOU GUYS ARE TAKING IT DOWN. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

Posted by CHRISTINE BARD December 1, 08 04:49 PM
390.

God Bless our troops. As I read through these comments I saw some write of weapons of mass destruction and appear to mean only nuclear weapons. During my 21 years in the Air Force I learned that wmd also included chemical and biological weapons and we had plenty of proof Iraq not only had them but used them.

Posted by Jim December 1, 08 05:50 PM
391.

To #353 "SOMEONE SAID I WAS BRAIN-WASHED", have some more cool aid!!

Posted by MSgt December 1, 08 06:55 PM
392.

Terrain and mountains look like a horrible place to work. Much worse than Korea or Viet Nam. I'd take Ouijonboh or Danang either one over this place. Our young guys are to be praised and strongly supported for fighting for us and living in these awful conditions. God bless them.

Posted by Capt Bob J. Starnes December 1, 08 07:42 PM
393.

I was very moved by these photos and the job all our men and women are doing in Afgahistan. I am a disable retired Marine from the Vietnam ar (combat veteran),
I know what you all are going through and my prayers are with you all. Yes, you all are heroes to so many of us here at home. Don't think for one minute that no one cares because, we do and we out number the non-Americans who have given up on this country and you. We love you and wait your return home safely. God Bless and from this Marine to you all "Semper Fi". Don Yoder, Sgt. USMC 63-71


Donald A. Yoder

Posted by Donald Yoder December 1, 08 09:23 PM
394.

Without doubt our fighting men and women are the very best. We have them to thank for our freedom. I am a retired combat fighter pilot.
I would only ask one question..what are our rules of engagement?
I fear our troops may be saddle with the same rules we had in vietnam.
I'd like to know. The rules made certain we would not win.
I hope the politicians haven't done it to us again!

Posted by James Downey December 2, 08 02:24 AM
395.

Many years ago - too many years - I was born in England. At that time we were largely a free nation. I was proud of our history (still am) but I am now living in a land which is descending ever more as each day passes into a 'police state'. There is no longer anything that we can do about it, because we have been emsaculated. I have spent much time in your country and the first thought that enters my head as i leave the plane wich has brought me there, is, "Thank God, that, for a while, I shall walk with (relatively) free men".
I pass no comment on the conflict which our joint forces are presently waging, other than to say (as an aside) that no-one ever wins in Afghanistan - they never have and never will. We were there in the 1870's and achieved nothing. But what I WILL say is this. If what you are doing keeps you a freer nation and a freer people, then get to it. "God Bless America" I jst wish it was MY home!

Posted by Anonymous December 2, 08 06:57 AM
396.

Just want you to know that there are people back home who are VERY PROUD of what you are doing and the sacrifices you are making being away from your loved ones. We can only imagine what you are going through. Having a son in the military who has served in Iraq and Korea, I know some of the hardship he has had to endure being away from his family, so in a small way I can relate. I pray every night for ALL our soldiers for the necessary strength and courage to carry out their mission and to never feel alone or frightened. You are truly brave men and women. God Bless You ALL !

Posted by Linda December 2, 08 08:30 AM
397.

I have a Son whose first tour was in Bagram Afghanistan, and did some missions along the Pakistan border. I love my Soldiers, they are strong, determined, and selfless...Thank God for all of our Military and their families...My Son is now serving his tour in Iraq. He like so many of our Soldiers left a young wife and a 1 month old son back home. Our Soldiers sacrafice so much to keep the rest of us free. To All of you Soldiers and your families...THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. MY FAMILY IS SO VERY PROUD OF YOU. GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU SAFE.

Posted by JENNIFER WRIGHT December 2, 08 10:05 AM
398.

Thank you to all Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, and Sailors who sacrifice for us and our country. God Bless you and yours, and God Bless the USA.

Posted by Mark Kleine December 2, 08 11:39 AM
399.

God Bless our fighting men and women in harms way everywere this Christmas Season. As A Marine myself in days of yore, I too was in Korea providing the very same freedoms now being provided by these wonderful troops today. As for Ron Baron's comments, I do believe that this person has no real understanding ior kniowledge of the sacrifices being made by these real American Patriots and because of that he needs to either grow up or get some education. He is able to say anything he likes because those brave patriots are on the line putting it all on the line for his freedoms as well as ours and their own.

Posted by Richard December 2, 08 01:53 PM
400.

A friend of mine wrote ''take a look at this website''. I did. Not one of you on this site wrote the name BUSH, even though every one of you voted for him. Why is that? I have a feeling that although you are ashamed of this criminal in the White House, you would vote for him again if you could. This conclusion is based on the content of your letters--you know, God, God, God! Bush used the God word to win the Presidency, and it worked. He killed 4200 of our troops and you people would still back him. Just where are you people from, Lala land? What the hell happened to the people of this country?

Posted by Billybob December 2, 08 02:08 PM
401.

If there is anything this country can be proud of, it's these brave young soldiers fighting for our rights in a harsh land against an evil enemy. May all our Military people come home soon, victorious in their fight to free these oppressed people.I can't believe anyone who lives in this great land can say the things some did in this site. I hope they can sleep at night knowing their words defy our heritage. The USA has fought for freedom for 200 years and will continue to until the world is safe for ALL!

God Bless America!!!

Posted by Tom Higgins December 2, 08 04:13 PM
402.

Perhaps we can sit aside all the argumentive comments that appear above here and just provide a heart felt thanks to all of our service women and men, and, the civilian support folks for the work that they are doing while under very difficult conditions.

I thank them.

Posted by Nick Hughes December 2, 08 07:27 PM
403.

I served in Vietnam and Iraq, would of gone back for my second tour in Iraq but they said I was too old. Some ask why I would go and my response was so that I could be beside my brothers doing what I volunteered for, unlike the first time around in Vietnam the troops in this place are all volunteers doing our jobs just like anyone else. Yes, our job is very dangerous but as long as we can keep the killing fields overseas we believe we are doing the right thing. I and all the other troops don't have to like what we're doing but it is our job. The saddest part is that some of us die, or become shells of what we once were by losing limbs or our minds for what we have experienced. I'm proud to say I served in both conflicts and have become a brother to many Vets.

Posted by Ronald Gott December 2, 08 08:31 PM
404.

Thanks to all of our fantastic men and women who are serving in our military at this time. Thanks to all of those who have served before. All of you are the best of our great country.

Posted by Joyce G December 2, 08 09:37 PM
405.

To #400 - Billybob- I'll say Bush! Bush is the only president we have had who did what he said he would do and congress approved it. Congress lost their resolve and changed their mind; not Bush. Now with Obama we will see if we lose citizens over here in our cities instead of armed men on battlefields. What happened to this country? You are the example of what has happened to us and your masters CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC and most of the print media. Look in the mirror Billybob and you will see the face of the "new" America who stands for nothing, but wants to change to the unknown..

Posted by Marquette M of TEXAS December 2, 08 11:57 PM
406.

To: Ron Baron...

Uh jackass, the pics are from Aghanistan, not Iraq. Your rant about going into Iraq doesn't make sense here, since that isn't the subject. Of course, you "support" us in the military...not. We don't need or want support from idiots like you, instead stay at the Burger King fry rack and shut the hell up.

Posted by JTT December 3, 08 06:53 AM
407.

Hey Ron Baron.....GFY. If you have no idea what it means, use your superior intellect to figure it out than come to Birdsboro, PA for a personal Ass-Kicking.

Posted by RonBaronSux December 3, 08 08:56 AM
408.

I just don't like the way our country has gone to pot ,and with Obama in office it it only going to be worse.thanks to all our great troops that are dying for us.I love them.

Posted by Nancy Garrison December 3, 08 10:44 AM
409.

I am 74 and I did a 4 year tour in the Air Force. I qualify as a Korean vet because
that was was still in progress for the first year or so of my enlistment. I spent 3
years of my tour in Darmstadt Germany in the 2nd Radio Squadron Mobile. I was
an international morse code operator and at that time we were keeping track of the
Russians and they were doing the same to us. When it all ended so many years
ago we showed each other Iour products and we all laughed. I was in a direction
finding unit and worked in a 2 man radio shack about 1/2 Mile from operations
building. I was accompanied by a Russian language expert .scomonitoreverything

Posted by Glen D. Fortenberry December 3, 08 12:22 PM
410.

I was there. Part of me still is there. 1st Infantry Division Combat Advisors/OPCON 82nd Airborne, 203 rd Corps RCAC, Gardez, Afghanistan. The transition from that place back to the "land of the big PX" has been difficult to say the least, but I am thankful that I am alive. Some of my brothers weren't as fortunate as I. Another tour of duty is right around the corner. I have no complaints and feel honored to serve. The next time that you see a service member in uniform, thank them for their service to our country. Not all wounds are visible. Some of the most awful wounds are on the inside.

Posted by SFC "Monty" December 3, 08 12:33 PM
411.

TO ALL:

I spent 16 months in Iraq with a National Guard unit. I know what it is like becuase I can speak from experience. For those of you commenting who have no experience in this matter, other than what you read, see, or hear from others, please take a back seat and be quiet. What the armed forces do for you is nothing to be taken lightly. We go where we are told, we do what we are told, and we believe in what we are doing, other wise we would not have volunteered. The pictures are great. Like an earlier post said, I can taste the dust, I can hear the bullets, and the fruit punch gatorade still tastes like crap after 12 months of being home.

Once again a Thank You to our men, women, and sometimes children who serve in our Armed Forces.

Posted by SSG Somebody December 3, 08 12:33 PM
412.

God Bless our troops, our great country, and all of us who support our men and women who protect us 24/7. The rest, who don't support Our troops can load up and head to Iraq or Afghanistan, have a great life---WE damn sure won't miss you here in the land of the free and home of the brave. One nation under GOD!

Posted by mike December 3, 08 03:22 PM
413.

I think that we should deport ALL illegal aliens and free up all of those billions of dollars that they sponge from the US. We should then use that money to take care of OUR servicemen/women and veterans who are so deserving of it. God bless all of them and thank you for for keeping me safe!

Posted by tmd December 3, 08 04:34 PM
414.

I AM BRITISH and live in London, and I am appalled at most of the comments here. Today your criminal govt. decided not to sign the ban on cluster bombs, because you people seem to think that killing innocent civilians is OK. You also decided not to sign on to the ''Land mine ban" even though thousands of kids are killed each year, world wide. Torture is also a good thing in America--Geneva Convention be damned. What a sick society!! I know you will now say that you came to save us and France in WW2, but that's also crap. You came to Europe to fight the Germans because Germany declared war on the U.S. Read you history before responding. SICK, SICK, SICK!!!

Posted by THE BRIT December 3, 08 05:20 PM
415.

I am eighty years old, in fair health for an old fart, I spent twenty three years in the the Air Force, from the Korean "Conflict" thru the Vietnam war.
I flew as an air crewman for twenty one years, first as a crew chief, then as a flight engineer. Did SAC time in B-29's, B-50's and a very short stint in B-36's. Flew in WB-50's in the 59th Hurricane Hunter's out of Bermuda. Finished my stint as a flight engineer in C-133's, flying primarily in and out of SE Asia hauling the heavy stuff. Would do it all again in a heartbeat.
God Bless my Brothers, be they Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force, or the Coasties.

Posted by MSGT Nick Vamvakias, USAF RET December 3, 08 06:17 PM
416.

American Soldiers do not fight because they hate what is in front of them, but because they love what is behind them. We should all love and respect the men and women of our military who spend each and everyday of their lives defending our freedom. When you see them Thank them for the sacrifices they make. As a retired U. S. Army 1st Sergeant with 20 years of service, my heart breaks everytime I hear about another of our brave young soldiers who has lost their life. I always take the time to thank every soldier I see, no matter when they served. You are all my brothers and sisters and I thank you for your service. Keep the faith we are behind you 100%!!

Posted by H. Newman 1SGT, U.S. Army Retired December 3, 08 07:16 PM
417.

I thank all the soldiers who have chosen to defend our country, no matter what anyone else thinks. As a Veteran, I took the oath to defend this country. Today it is all volunteer, whether you agree with the war or don't, these soldiers need our support. Most of us DO NOT LIKE OUR JOBS, some of us don't even have JOBS, a lot of us are LOSING OUR JOBS, but if we would support our troops instead of CRYING NO MORE WAR, it would make their jobs a lot easier. They did not have to CHOSE this profession, BUT THEY DID, AND THEY DESERVE OUR SUPPORT.

Posted by DEBBEE December 3, 08 07:52 PM
418.

To 414 the stupid Brit who is so very full of sh--. where are all your vehement objections to the carnage caused by the sicko muslem extremeists who kill their own family members for the smallest infraction of their disgusting religeous. practices. Show me the Palestinian, Iranian, Syrian, saudi, or Taliban who abides by the Geneva Convention. You pathetic maudlin simp, read your own history to find out why you should be kissing our American Butts in gratitude for the fact that you aren't speaking German now. Not to worry though, from what I've been reading you'll soon be speaking arabic anyway. You just go right on hating America and turning the other cheek, and let us know when you've been slapped silly. We'll come and rescue you twits -- er-- I mean Brits again.I hear London will soon be home to the largest mosque in Europe. Thank God for the Atlantic Ocean!

Posted by TomC Forida. USAF Ret. December 3, 08 08:53 PM
419.

IT'S AMAZING THAT YOU AMERICANS START A WAR AND SAY ''OUR BOYS ARE PROTECTING AMERICA''. WERE YOU PROTECTING AMERICA FROM THE KOREANS? NO. HOW ABOUT THE VIETNAMESE? NO. GRENADANS? NO. OK, THEN THE PANAMANIANS? NO, NOT THEM EITHER. AH HA, THE IRAQIS WITH THEIR WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRUCTION THAT WERE NOT THERE. OH, THAT'S RIGHT. THE WEAPONS WERE NOT THERE. OK, I'M CONFUSED. PLEASE TELL THIS POOR IGNORANT BRIT (THAT'S ME) JUST WHO THE HELL ARE YOU BOYS PROTECTING AMERICA FROM, BECAUSE NONE OF THESE COUNTRIES WERE ANY KIND OF THREAT TO AMERICA. CONFUSED BRIT

Posted by THE BRIT December 3, 08 09:28 PM
420.

I thank all the soldiers who are defending our country. I am the wife of a soldier currently serving in Iraq. You guys are our American Heros. Happy Holidays

Posted by Sylvia December 3, 08 11:18 PM
421.

Hey Confused brit (notice the lower case---that's where you rate)---You wouldn't be so confused if you pulled your head out of your ass and saw daylight for the first time since the U.S.A. saved your ass in the war WE lost so many of OUR finest men and women in keeping you from the bonds of slavery the Germans wanted to impose on your slowly sinking nation.

Posted by Mike in the HEARTLAND December 3, 08 11:34 PM
422.

THERE YOU GO AGAIN--''SAVING'' US FROM THE GERMANS. FUNNY HOW YOU WAITED 2 YEARS AND 3 MONTHS TO ''SAVE'' US. YOU WOULD HAVE DONE NOTHING IF GERMANY HAD NOT DECLARED WAR ON AMERICA. YOU DID NOTHING FOR US IN THE FALKLANDS WAR, BUT WE ARE IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN GETTING KILLED FOR YOU. PLEASE BUY AND READ A COMIC BOOK ABOUT THE SECOND WORLD WAR. YOU MIGHT LEARN SOMETHING.

Posted by THE BRIT December 4, 08 02:19 AM
423.

There are really few words that can express the gratitude I have for our troops serving in Afganistan and Iraq. Thank you all so very much for the daily sacrifice you are making. You make all of us extremely proud and we honor you and pray daily for your saftey. May God bring you home safe and his angels stand guard over you. I served during the Viet Nam era as did my Brothers and Stepdad. Thank you all for serving our country. Freedom has often come at a very high price.
I salute you!

Posted by Rainman December 4, 08 06:34 AM
424.

There is no doubt of the amount of Patriotism in this blog. Few express themselves with gratitude, yet that's their democratic and constitutional right. I pray to all those who have been deployed to the red zone to fight for a political cause despite their personal convictions. I also admire those who have gone beyond the call of duty to make family sacrifices in order to serve our nation, bush and Halliburton industries. Regardless of our actions and views on these controversial issues, We Must Maintain Union..God Bless you all!

Posted by Charles Del Campo, FRC December 4, 08 08:53 AM
425.

All I can say is AIRBORNE to my fellow paratroopers. Carry on with the tradition that sets us above all others. Those who know the truth do not care what the weak have to say. If they were like us they would shut up and pick up a rifle, but the only thing they can fire off is their mouths.

AIRBORNE US ARMY

Posted by B A Trimble December 4, 08 09:28 AM
426.

You are honored by the majority of our country and we appreciate you sacrifice more than words can say. We will take care of you when you return.You are true Americans and deserve great respect


Jim Sickler Camano Is. Wa 360 387 1949 if you are from this area and need anything; please call

Posted by jim sickler December 4, 08 10:39 AM
427.

Jim, that move to canada, I would hope our goverment wuold pass into law, that if
you were ever caught this side of the boarder, you would be hung in public as a
trader. You have disowned the U.S.A., don't come back, take ron with you please
SONNY. 4 DEC 08

Posted by Anonymous December 4, 08 12:27 PM
428.

422
Read some history yourself. Like when England and France gladly handed over Austria and Czeckslovakia to Hitler, and did ZIP until Hitler attacked them. And yes, without US help in WW2 you would be writing your comments in German...

Posted by JH December 4, 08 01:28 PM
429.

I'm happy Jim "immigrated" out of the United States; stay out... please invite Ron to join you...,and live ignorantly every after. Many many thanks to our Troops; God Bless each and every one of you. Semper Fi. My Father and Father in Law both fought in WWII and I lost a couple of friends in Vietnam; my nephew fought in the first Golf War and a good friend's son just left for the Air Force to serve this Great Country. I shutter to think where we would be without our great Military personnel. I am so greatful and thankful for their service so that I may enjoy my freedoms. Those who have spoken such vile disrespect for our troops or the USA are ignorant and need our prayers.

Posted by Bonney December 4, 08 01:50 PM
430.

I would like to ask Ron Baron #307as a 2x Iraq veteran myself , who stood against Hitler... who toppled the tyrant Saddam who killed 350,000 Shia and Kurds, who kicked the Talibans ass who shot women in the head to a stadium crowd of drooling thugs? You my friend are a poltroon, criticising while you hide from the reality that there are things bigger and more dangerous than your small brain can comprehend. To all my fellow brother veterans I salute you. Our solemn sacrifice can only be understood by ourselves.

Posted by John Hennessy December 4, 08 04:34 PM
431.

LISTEN, YOU NON-INTELLECTUALS, WE BRITS DECLARED WAR ON GERMANY AFTER GERMANY BOMBED POLAND. YOU, ON THE OTHER HAND, WAITED MORE THAN 2YEARS TO JOIN THAT WAR, ONLY BECAUSE GERMANY DECLARED WAR ON THE U.S. OH, YEAH, THANKS FOR HELPING US AGAINST THE ARGENTINIANS IN THE FALKLANDS WAR. WITH FRIENDS LIKE YOU WE BRITS HAD BETTER STAY CLOSE TO EUROPE. I'M STILL TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHY WE ARE HELPING YOU IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. GEORGIA SENT TROOPS TO IRAQ, BUT WHEN IT WAS INVADED BY THE RUSSIANS, YOU JUST GAVE LIP SERVICE. SOME FRIEND!

Posted by THE BRIT December 4, 08 06:21 PM
432.

What I like about the U..S. Armed Forces is that WE share one common vision. WE help those less that are less fortunate. By doing so WE accept all women and men of all backgrounds and religious preferences. I just do not understand how active members as well as veteran feel this country owes them something. Most of US knew what WE signed up for. Once the uniform comes off it is OUR duty to become productive members in our community and our society.

Posted by Abdon Zambrano December 4, 08 09:35 PM
433.

Thanks to all our military (and civilian) men and women who are protecting our freedom. Those of you who don't understand why they are making such a sacrifice are just naive. I recently talked to a Special Forces First Sergeant at Ft. Benning who had had 10 combat deployments. Someday, you will understand that the media has not been very honorable. To me, you are just plain ignorant. I have been all over Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East. For the record, we have it pretty good here and it is not because we have been a weak nation. Bill May, LTC, US Army, Retired. Proud Vietnam Vet

Posted by Bill May December 4, 08 09:36 PM
434.

We save us, by fighting elsewhere, to prevent the ultimate war from being on American soil. If you turn your back on the enemy, they WILL stab you in the back! Put your weapons down, they WILL shoot you! WMDs were moved to Syria as soon as America said we were coming in to look for them.
The war is on all soils now...THEY want everyone dead...even some of their own.
Life is of no value, when you strap 30lbs of explosive material on children, women, the sick, the aged, a mother, father, son, brother, etc.
The coolaid drinkers are still around, so watch your @ss, for they will sell it, thinking their lowly lives will be spared.

Posted by eggerist December 5, 08 01:49 AM
435.

To see these picture's it bring me back to why I am an Americian. We are truly a blessed Nation. My prayers and Gratatude go out to our Service Men & Women.
Thank You....

Posted by Joey Bellosi December 5, 08 08:47 AM
436.

We hear so often about our Military being at war in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep America free. We are free! They are fighting to make the people of those countries free. They wish that the children in these two countries can grow up with the same freedom and opportunity that they enjoyed as Americans; that sets their mission on a much higher plane. God Bless and protect them while they lay down their lives, not for their friends, but for people they don't even know.

Posted by Ed Thomas December 5, 08 09:12 AM
437.

i weep when i see this it hurt my heart like no other. i pray ever night for my soldier to come home back to me safe. i would love to talk to you because i also need help with all of this sometimes i feel like i might go crazy. i really wish for them to all come back home...

Posted by sonia December 5, 08 11:24 AM
438.

I just want to say a HUGE thank you to all those that fight for my freedom every day! I truly appreciate you all and can only imagine what you go through. I'm sure these pictures are only a "tip of the iceberg" of what happens over there. I'm very proud to be an American! God bless and keep you ALL!

Posted by Gina Rasmussen December 5, 08 11:57 AM
439.

God bless you brave warriors. We support and you and keep you in our prayers.

Posted by Mike Rauseo Sr December 5, 08 01:19 PM
440.

Amazing. Why is everyone attacking each other in this post? This is supposed to be a reflection and observance of those who sacrifice for the benefit of others. We should simply be thankful and honor those soldiers as noted by a number of the posts here. If we want to argue politics and such, let's take it to another room. GHC. The photos are quite revealing about the huge undertaking this war has been while we have been focused on our own selfish endeavors. And we are only seeing a microcosm of what these guys are confronting every minute. I am going to forward these photos to a buddy of mine whose son is about to go over there. His wife is not going to be thrilled.

Posted by MrJones December 5, 08 03:46 PM
441.

I just want to say that i can't even begin to describe the feeling i get when i think about our troops. I honestly can't believe that anyone could even start to say anything remotely bad about them, they are all HEROES! I am 17 years old and yeah i don't fully understand EVERYTHING that is going on right now, but i CAN say that our troops are there for a reason. They are protecting OUR freedom from The countries that hate our guts. I'll admit that some times i too don't understand why we are there when most of them don't want us there to begin with. It takes a certain kind of person to put their life on the line for strangers everyday that they don't even know or for people that hate them. i know it must be hell for our troops and that is why we all need to support them and pray for them more than we pray for ourselves. We are the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA damn it and we need to show just how strong we are. The U.S. has taken many blows, but we still stand!! For the people who have doubted us, please don't give up on the US, i know our economy is terrible right now and I wish MCcain had won instead of Obmam, but just don't give in just yet. We can pull out of this i know it, that's why we are the most powerful Nation in the world!!
a shout-out to #431 (AKA) "THE BRIT" You need to get over yourself. Stop crying about what happened in the past. Ohh the US didn't help me poor me, get over it ok. We might have stepped in a little late in the past but at least we helped out. If you don't quite get why you are "helping" "us" then you need to brush up on some news. we all need to ban together and help each other out. we can't go at it alone. We need as many people as possible. And in case you haven't noticed, our economy is not the only one that is in trouble here. Pretty much everyone is in trouble. The whole world is not doing so well. So stop blaming the U.S. for all of your problems and start trying to come up with ways to FIX IT!!!!!!

Posted by Megan Friday December 5, 08 04:31 PM
442.

I came back from Vietnam in 1971. I was drafted, trained and shipped off. I contributed to an unpopular war and did not involve myself with trying to understand but was more concerned with trying to keep myself and my buddies alive. I was lucky, I came back. Wars are fought for a variety of reasons but mostly on the basis that a way of life is THREATENED, or the stability of civilization is threatened. The greatest threat to our way of life in this country are the people who believe we should not fight to protect our way of life, to protect our freedoms, to protect our children and their future. The world loves to hate us for all we have because we have so much and I want to let every person in the armed forces know that I stand behind them for what they do! A few months ago I told a soldier I served in Vietnam and he thanked me for my service. He was the only person to ever thank me. Please do not ever forget what our soldiers represent, good or bad, right or wrong, they do the best they can.

Posted by TDaddyDemo December 6, 08 01:57 AM
443.

Well said Megan . Ditto to what was written .

Posted by Pete December 6, 08 04:32 AM
444.

I am reminded of the poem by Rudyard Kipling "Tommy". It still holds true to troops from the UK and the United States that serve in the little hell holes that our countries send them. I am glad that the American public holds our troops in high regard unlike the Vietnam war period where you were spat upon when you returned from that war by vermin trash.

Posted by John Christopher December 6, 08 06:59 AM
445.

I'm going to try to make an as constructive post as possible, talking about the different concepts and what's going on, and also reply a bit to different things I've seen among the comments.

-- Afghanistan War & War on Terror --

Terrorism is basically psychological warfare, meant to break the morale of one and raise of the other. Talibans are not terrorists. They are theocratic conservatives in Afghanistan. Osama Bin Laden and his handful group of people are the terrorists. Now the Talibans have been pushed up in the mountainous area where Bin Laden was thought to be hiding. The occupation is going badly and the country is quite messed up from the way things have been handled (having a constant war going on is a big part of it).

A very major problem is that it's not exactly easy to seperate the 'civilians' from the targets when they are sometimes the one and same. And I'm talking about the Talibans way of life, not Bin Ladens. It's been 7 years of conventional warfare and it has not stopped the terrorist group nor even pushed back the Talibans (is it even possible, as they have local support?). Worse yet, military occupation with all that comes with it has given sympathy and support for the Taliban/Al-Quida cause. More terrorism is the result.

The Iraq war is considered by most of the world to be a farse. A hostile military action that has nothing to do with most of the stated reasons. The reality is that it is most probably related to not own or 'steal' the oil, but to be near it, to control the flow. To make sure USA and it's allies gets it, and in the event of a conflict, be able to choke the flow to her enemies. This is why the Middle-East is so hot and why countries constantly get involved. There are domestic economic and military reasons as well for USA.

Seems to me the current action is not helping us but hurting us and everyone else. The loss of life of everyone involved is an enormous tragedy. One that could probably have been avoided.

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"Rules of Engagement stop us from winning, let's take off the gloves and really get down to business / Nuke them"

This would mean getting into the business of killing much more of the local up-standing families who just happen to live there. Almost everyone in the area is civilian - people not much different from the rest of us. Only a mass murderer who would kill indiscriminately would support such actions - people like suicide bombers. And such action would no doublt spawn an infinite amount of sympathizers all over the world who would set out to fight USA, and rightfully so.

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"Support the troops, right or wrong they serve their country"

Fighting for a country is not a noble thing at all. What if the country in question is up to no good? Germany during WW2 is always a shining example of what a few million men in uniform can accomplish when they put their minds to it. Serving their country could then mean bad as well as good, and then we should judge it based on what they really did, not for what country.

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"You can't choose your assignment. Soldiers just do what they are told, blame the politicians"

It's clear what the military organization is. A place where you're submitting willingly to the will of others. If you do find yourself in such a situation and you are asked to do something wrong, then you can still refuse. Only exceptions are really under the coercion of death or similar. Being told to do something never absolves you of blame.

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"America's duty is to keep the world safe, like it has in the past 200 years"

USA was mostly isolationist until the early 20th century when it started trying to conquer land in the pacific (see the "Philippine–American War" on wikipedia). USA is not in the business of securing liberty for all. It is in the business of securing it's own interests (be it through democratic states, or if necessary, brutal dictatorships). This is called "political realism", and it has a great article on wikipedia for the unititiated. If you still truly believe that USA fights for democracy and personal freedoms, then why does it support instead of liberate brutal dictatorships like Saudi-Arabia? A country that is essentially run the way Talibans would run it, and is a well known supporter of terrorism.

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"The greatest threat to our way of life in this country are the people who believe we should not fight to protect our way of life, to protect our freedoms, to protect our children and their future."

This is obviously not true. Fighting people in foreign lands who could never-ever impose themselves and their ideals on the United States for liberty of americans is ridiculous. What could the North-Vietnamese, Iraqi, VietCong and Taliban do to change the way of life in USA? They can't, they were/are third world standard military organization extremely remotely located, not to far from Rag-tag standard in some cases. Most likely, this is a play on people's emotions to give the feeling of 'self-defense' even when being the aggressor. I've read what the Germans were told in the press and media by their most skilled propagandist writers, and they so skillfully make it seem like they're merely defending themselves, liberating oppressed people etc, when the truth was mostly very far from it. People always rally for self-defense.

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Last but not all, it is very tragic what happens to the soldiers that go in and, usually, fight for what they hope is right, even when it is evil. I know Iraq was wrong. I don't know about Afghanistan though from the results I have some reservations. Just always remember that suffering for something does not automatically make it right.

Posted by Mikko December 6, 08 05:24 PM
446.

To all that have been at war, I would like to send my prayers to ALL that are over fighting for what you believe in as individuals. I know that it must be hard to be away from the home you call the United States. The freedom that we have to hold onto so that we stand strong. Thank You all for fighting for the rights of the United States of America we stand tall and strong.

Posted by Carlita Gonzalez December 6, 08 05:37 PM
447.

FIVE BLACKWATER SECURITY CONTRACTORS WERE ARRESTED FOR THE MURDERS OF 17 IRAQI CIVILIANS. THEY ALL WERE FORMER DECORATED MARINES. WHAT WERE THEY DECORATED FOR, TORTURING IRAQIS? CAN YOU UNDERSTAND WHY THE WORLD HATES AMERICA? MURDERING AND TORTURING IS NOT WELL RECEIVED IN THE CIVILIZED WORLD. IF YOU WANT TO READ ABOUT REAL AMERICAN HEROES, THEN READ ABOUT OR WATCH THE DOCUMENTARIES ''WINTER SOLDIER'' AND ''TIGER FORCE''.

Posted by AUSSIE FRIEND December 6, 08 05:40 PM
448.

We support our troops 100% and pray for their return with victory.

Posted by charles ad lou williams December 6, 08 05:52 PM
449.

Our political views are irrelavent when you accept why these men and women are doing what they are doing. They believe in our nation and what we stand for and are willing to risk it all on that belief. MAY GOD BLESS THEM ALL! They are in my prayers. May they come home in peace and with our greatest respect.

Posted by Robert December 6, 08 06:26 PM
450.

The GOD Who Blesses America watches over all of you! The same GOD who watches over you is the same GOD who Blesses Israel.Through Jesus Christ who saved all mankind goes to the Father who watches and blesses all.Our strength comes from our belief in Christ Jesus who saves us from eternal damnation. Our power is a gift from the Almighty God who recieves the Glory when each one of his created is satisfied with God.Pray that God gives you his love so you can love God back.I'am Very Proud of all my countrymen & women in our Military. Thank you for what you are doing and I will continue to thank God for all of you.

Posted by Bob Spiers December 6, 08 08:46 PM
451.

This really makes me want to pray more for your protection and for God to be by your side all the way. Thank you for all that you do.

Posted by Jerry December 6, 08 09:19 PM
452.

Very well said, Megan, #441. As for aussie friend, who cried for the murdered Iraqis after saddam exterminated his own people? Where were you when members of the press and Red Cross workers were captured and brutally executed? You want to talk hatred?Have you seen anything like what WE saw on 9/11? Looking out a very small keyhole mate, what about OUR troops dying for Freedom in a foreign country? You apparently refuse to see the"truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth." GOD BLESS the U.S.A.!

Posted by Mike from the HEARTLAND December 6, 08 10:00 PM
453.

This one will be short and sweet. Thank you, thank you, thank you from all of us here in Kentucky for your dedication to duty, your sacrifice and your love of America. Some of us old guys who have also served would love to be there with you but realize that you are more capable due to youth than we are. God Bless you and keep you safe from harm and bring you home to a proud victory. God Bless your loved ones also for their support and understanding of the job you do. Merry Christmas. An old Sailor sends:

Posted by Albert H. Murray December 6, 08 10:12 PM
454.

I just hope Obama keeps his word and puts more troops in this area, It's time for Iraq to stand on their own. I don't want to see a mass pull out but the real fight is in Afghanistan ! Lets get it done and bring everyone home ! Fight the good fight ! Help is on the way ! SSG HAYS 863RD Engn BN

Posted by Gary December 6, 08 10:36 PM
455.

Prayers continue for the safety of all US soldiers and continued success against the Taliban. Merry Christmas to all.

Posted by gary sheldon December 6, 08 11:12 PM
456.

To the Brit - I don't know what history books you read - perhaps you ought to study up on the lend-lease program - we were 'fighting' in the North Atlantic well before the official entry of the US into the war - politics at home kept us from declaring war just like politics put appeasement first with Britain - Britain and France had plenty of opportunities to stop Hitler (and Japan) well before September 1, 1939. Hitler was dumb enough to declare war on us first - but we were in it for the long haul.

Posted by Steve December 7, 08 04:17 AM
457.

Keep it up guys! You are doing a great job and you are greatly appreciated. We know that y'all are doing the best you can even in this hostile environment. There are a lot of people around the world that appreciate your sacrifices so that all of us can enjoy all the freedoms we are lucky enough to have now.

With Prayers...God Bless Y'all - - Take Care and Happy Holidays to all of you!

Posted by John Mateo - Rizal Philippines December 7, 08 08:13 AM
458.

Thanks to all our troops who are supporting our freedom here in America. To those who do not understand the war, please don't criticize, but pray and support our troops. At these important times in battle, these men and women need to know that we are behind them and support their sacrifices to their families as well as themselves.
U.S Air Force retired

Posted by Timothy Hannon December 7, 08 10:49 AM
459.

May God keep and protect you safe. Incredible job that you are all doing.
My heart goes out to all of your families. You are in my prayers.

Posted by Andrea Kalkman December 7, 08 12:09 PM
460.

I don't exactly remember the year, but I was an Aircraft Structural Craftsman USAF. I am now retired.
To the idiot Brit, my shop repaired some of your aircraft and sent parts to assist you. So shut the hell up about not helping you in the Falklands.
We had US citizens in Granada we were trying to protect, so you can shut up there too. Had it not been for them we probably wouldn't have been there at all.
When troops return from Iraq and Afghanistan, they always tell me we need to be there. I trust what they say, because they were there and they interacted with the civilian population. Love you all, be safe and with or without God just come home.


Posted by Jerry December 7, 08 12:40 PM
461.

THIS WAR WILL NEVER END, WHAT ARE WE'RE DOING THERE. IS A WAR THAT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS AND WILL GO ANOTHER 200 YEARS.
WASTED AMERICAN LIFES, YES THERE IS A LOT OF MONEY SPENT ON IT AND THERE WILL BE MORE BILLIONS, THAT
DOES NOT MATTER AS MUCH, WHAT MATTER IS THE LIFES LOST OF THE AMERICAN SOLDIERS, ALL
BRANCHES. I AM A KOREAN VETERAN (US ARMY) AND IT WAS NO FUN, BUT AT LEAST IT ENDED. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND SPECIALLY OUR TROOPS, EVERY TIME I SEE THE PICTURES I CRY FOR THEM. GOD BLESS THEM ALL.

Posted by SGT LEON SANCHEZ JR. December 7, 08 01:22 PM
462.

I am thankful for the sacrifice made by all our troops and their families all over the world. I pray for their safe and speedy return.

Posted by Jim Hadwin December 7, 08 01:30 PM
463.

While # 456 touched on it, I must address the comments made by THE BRIT and the CONFUSED BRIT.

It is YOU who is in need of a refresher course in history .... You might then learn of the many Americans who served in Canadian and British uniforms during the period of 1939-1942. You might discover the reason that so many American-built B-24s, Lockheed Hudsons, P-51s (an unimpressive machine until the Brits so masterrfully repowered with Rolls-Royce engines) .... the list goes on .... flew with British markings on fuselages and wings! You might learn of my personal involvement as I (as a young lad) gathered supplies which were then shipped as "Bundles for Britain"... You might learn about the many American civilians who froze their tails off flying these aircraft across the Atlantic to deliver them to your country, then risked death again on the return trip when they returned to Canada via merchant ships, subject to being torpeded by German U-Boats .... all of this done in spite of an official "Neutrality Policy".

I know you .... having met many of you while attending a factory course in Alesbury in 1962 .... American-Haters ( or is it, American-Enviers ?!?) who resent having to be beholden to those crude Americans for your very survival !

It is a shame that H.G. Wells' TIME MACHINE is only fictional .... There might be two benefits arising from your returning to a 1940 era London blitz .....

1. You might just get your facts straight, and
2. A lucky (for us) bomb might have spared us your idiotic tirade!

BTW .... I served PROUDLY in OUR military from 8 May 1951 to 1 Feb 1982 .... so I have earned the right to express my opinions ..... Do you have comparable credentials?

Posted by Don K. Spens December 7, 08 01:54 PM
464.

I am 77 years old. Today is Dec 7, 2008. I still remember the war and all of us at the time did things for the service. Food was ration, gas was ration. I could not find a my favorite chocolate candy. But years later my first husband Calcin was in that war. Told me how the choc. co. sent big boxes of choc. to a soldier that worked there and he shared with him. Calvin lied a bout his age to get in. We savd the the tin cans ans grease. collect newapaper. Mom collected fur from coats to put inside airplane poliets jackets. What I am saying is what are you doing in this war.

Posted by Rosemary dec.7, 2008 December 7, 08 05:05 PM
465.

The photojournalism here is excellent. You hardly need the comments, Interesting, thought they are - including the misdirected idiots. God Bless the young folks in uniform who find themselves in harm's way. Be safe. Come home soon.May your current resolve and sacrifice lead to better ends for those who live where you fight and for those of us who call America "home". (Veteran Vietnam).

Posted by me3tv December 7, 08 06:48 PM
466.

Whether one agrees with the reasons for us to be there or not really isn't the point here. The point is that it's our young'uns who are offering their lives in an attempt to preserve freedom.

Let all the troops be in our prayers this holiday season. Bring them all home safely to those who love them.

Posted by a former (and homesick) bostonian December 7, 08 07:54 PM
467.

God Bless all the troops around the world!! Their sacrifice makes us the great nation we are, with the exception of Ron Baron, who I'm SURE doesn't resemble any type of humanoid structure found on this PLANET. These pictures really prove that they ARE the GREAT AMERICAN HEROES and deserve much more than any honor and respect we could possibly give to them. I am truly heartened that they are getting better treatment when they get stateside than the Vietnam veterans did. We still owe them an apology!!!

The true shame that we have here is the political system that puts these soldiers in harms way. The only WMD we know of is 'W'. Thank goodness he's on the way out!! And I truly hope that Obama and crew don't put us to shame and nullify the sacrifice of those who didn't make it home. Until we can actually have a government that listens and abides by the wishes of its constituents and not the sound of a cash register, sadly this will never change.

Posted by Jim Richards December 7, 08 08:10 PM
468.

TO THE B RIT ... BEAR IN MIND THAT THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN BOYS
ARE BURIED IN FRANCE AND ENGLAND BUT NO BRITISH SOLDIERS ARE
BURIED HERE IN THE USA .... WHY IS THAT??? IF IT WAS NOT FOR THE
UMBRELLA OF AMERICAN PROTEC TION DURING THE COLD WAR. YOU'D
BE SPEAKING RUSSIAN... AND IN WORLD WARII... IF IT WAS NOT FOR
THE AMERICANS... YOU'D BE SPEAKING GERMAN... WISE UP AND THANK
US... TROUBLE IS YOU'RE JEALOUS OF US....PLAIN AND SIMPLE... YEAH, OUR TROOPS WERE THERE... OVERSEXED AND OVERPAID BUT THEY SAVED YOUR ASS......MSG VAL MANFREDI USAF RET....

Posted by VALENTINO MANFREDI December 7, 08 10:04 PM
469.

I note with interest that all the troops over there seem to be of the USA when in actual fact there are British & Australian troops serving on the same areas Which never get a mention as is the norm only the good old USA fights for the rights of others as in world war 2 every film made shows the good ole USA winning all the wars loosing troops well so were the AUssies & Poms so lets try & have a bit of truth for a change I am a disabled pomie who served in Aden before you new there was a war sorry they called it a policing the fact you got shot at made no difference

Posted by P Keenleyside December 8, 08 02:21 AM
470.

Seeing these pictures gives me a better understanding of what our troops have to endure. Thank God for them and I pray for their safety.

Posted by Penny December 8, 08 11:52 AM
471.

Hey Britt,
Only one thing you have said holds water; YOU ARE CONFUSED!!!!

Posted by American December 8, 08 12:55 PM
472.

Godspeed to all my brothers.

Posted by Anonymous December 8, 08 04:14 PM
473.

God Bless OUR TROOPS.
This is something for all of US to think about while we enjoy a CHRISTMAS Morning

Posted by S/Sgt. John F. Morlock, USAF ret December 8, 08 05:39 PM
474.

Members of the military, past and present ,have & always will mainatin a very special place in my heart. May God watch over them now and always and may they always know how very much they are valued. Their selflessness takes my breath away.

Posted by MaryAnn Gay December 8, 08 08:10 PM
475.

The commitment and courage of these troops is remarkable. We can sleep better at night knowing these brave Army soldiers and Marines have are back . And we pray for their safe return.

Posted by Jim December 8, 08 09:34 PM
476.

Pretend your country is invaded or taken over by a cruel dictator. You walk over to the world atlas and then spin a globe around wondering what country could possibly make the sacrifice to stop the insanity. There may be only one you could hope for that would step forward with a handful of friends from a few close countries. Even the Brit knows it's true. The Falklands was a mere fire fight. If GB needed help on that one from uthe U.S.A.they got it. We even volunteered for the R.A.F. before war was declared in WW2. Hey limey GFY! God Bless the U.S.A.

Posted by John December 9, 08 12:51 AM
477.

December 8th The IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. Mother of Jesus please protect the US soldiers and send them home safe to their mother.I PRAY

Posted by elda December 9, 08 01:29 AM
478.

I have viewed these pictures and my mind works at a pace that renders me speechless at first.
In 1969 in Viet Nam, we had a saying; "For those who have Fought for it, Freedom is something the Protected will never Know."
If one has any compassion within and a sense of Patriotism, the commitment and the sacrifice these young men are living can be seen in these pictures. You may not be able to know and feel what goes on within their minds and bodies, but you just might get a sense of their great sacrifice. MAY GOD BLESS THEM and in doing so... He blesses us too.

Posted by John D Johnson December 9, 08 07:40 AM
479.

Thank you for helping to protect our county. It must be hard to fight everyday and we appreciate the great sacrifice you are making for all of us. I hope that one day soon, the entire area will find peace.

Posted by Mr. Novelli's Second Grade Class December 9, 08 09:44 AM
480.

I am shocked by the photos that I saw. I am proud to be an American and even more so after seeing what our men and women go through for our freedom. We should all thank them for their bravery and courage for what they do. I pray for their safe return and for their dedication to a free world. God bless them all and bring them home safely to their love ones.
GOD BLESS AMERICA
GOD BLESS THE MEN AND WOMEN FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOM

Posted by Rose Marie December 9, 08 10:12 AM
481.

These young faces you see in these photos will be the future seasoned officers and non-coms in our next conflict. And future conflicts we will have as long as we are the freest contry in the world. Bless them and bless the U.S.A.

Posted by Jimbo December 9, 08 01:13 PM
482.

I am a 9/11 survivior thank GOD theirs still people like these soldiers who are willing to take the fight to those that did what they did.
thankyou and as we say---BE SAFE BROTHER
MIKE PRO E-3 FDNY

Posted by MIKE PRO December 9, 08 01:51 PM
483.

Our Canadian soldiars are coming home in body bags too, everyone seems to forget out Soldiars. There are 1500 Canadian soldiars names on The Wall. God bless Canada and the USA!!!

Posted by virginia bast December 9, 08 08:18 PM
484.

I spent 12 years in the Military and know what its like to be away from your loved one's, so to all the troops who are away from your families MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND WATCH OUT FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU SO YOU CAN COME HOME TO YOUR LOVED ONES. I wont say have a merry christmas but do have a safe one.

Posted by Daniel Gonzales December 10, 08 02:50 AM
485.

It is sad to see what they go through with. I should never complain. My prayers are with them !!!

Posted by Marie Holden December 10, 08 09:29 AM
486.

Afghanistan is exactly where we should be fighting (with a more than occasional intrusion into Pakistan), get our troops out of Iraq, let the Iraqis have a massive civil war with the various tribes killing each other like they've been doing for 1000 years. Move all the troops plus another brigade to Afghanistan to get bin laden and his gang of murders. I served 22 years and know a bad war when I see one, and Iraq is the wrong war. Afghanistan and Pakistan, however, is another story, unfortuanely we can't bomb them back to the stone age, because they are already in the stone age.

Posted by Harry December 10, 08 12:49 PM
487.

good multimedia piece, same topic, same photographer:

blogs.gettyimages.com/news

Posted by Emily December 10, 08 01:36 PM
488.

Just thinking that our armed forces will be spending the Holidays away from family and love one’s protecting what America has been standing for, Freedom. We must thank them in every way possible so if you see a present or past member of the military please thank them. I just hope that the country continues protecting the US as it has in the past.

Posted by Bill Neuberger December 10, 08 01:50 PM
489.

Thank you from all of us in uniform!

Posted by Colorado National Guardsman December 10, 08 05:20 PM
490.

I was so deeply touched by these photographs. It hurt my heart when I saw them, because it brought home the realization of just how far from home all of our men and women in uniform are. Please know that your sacrifices have not been and will not be for nothing. You have blessed my life in ways you may never realize, but perhaps someday, I may have the opportunity to tell you in person. In fact, I am certain I speak for the majority when I say you have blessed the lives of an entire nation. May God keep you all in His protective care and bring you safely home again...

Posted by Sherri December 10, 08 09:51 PM
491.

Thank and God bless all of you who have or are serving to protect our country. Whereever this Christmas season finds you, I pray for your safety and the safety of your families.

Posted by Linda December 11, 08 12:05 AM
492.

aren't those cannons 105mm, not 155mm...?

Posted by former red leg December 11, 08 09:02 AM
493.

I had many brothers that didn't return from korea. My grandaughter '1st Lt" was home from Iraq in October and is back in Germany. my daughter "colonel" has been attempting to be sure enough supply of blood was always where it was needed. Where ever our military families are whether their my family or yours, say a prayer for them, thank them for protecting us and wish them a Merry Christmas.
we can only hope that people around the world will appreciate what President Bush and the USA has done to help so many countries in the past 8 years.

Posted by LaVerne December 11, 08 02:16 PM
494.

I am with all who support our troops. What the Brit does not consider is that most of the men and women who have served in all wars have had no choice as to where they were and are sent. My husband is a Vietnam veteran, and he too was never thanked. I am thankful that he has been a contributing part of society. Many Vietnam veterans are not. He too was thankful to be alive. Out of a small town in Ohio witha population of 5,000 we lost 12 men to Vietnam. My father and my husband's father both served in Worl War II. Be proud of these men and women and with them God Speed home.

Posted by Kathy Stecker December 11, 08 03:03 PM
495.

People don't realize what turmoil and rugged situations our troops go through to keep us free. Plus the fact that the way they have to live and eat is no enjoyus moment. wake up people and pray for our soldiers that they may all return home safely some day.

Posted by Anonymous December 11, 08 04:13 PM
496.

STUPID WAR IN IRAQ........ SMART WAR IN AFGANHISTAN.....
REX

Posted by REX December 11, 08 06:25 PM
497.

GOD BLESS OUR MEN AND WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO ARE ALL
INVOLVED IN THIS HORRIBLE WAR AND ALL THE VETERANS OF PREVIOUS
WARS. THEY ARE THE ONES WHO HOLD OUR FLAG HIGH AND FIGHT TO
KEEP OUR COLORS FLYING FOR US AT HOME.
MAY GOD GRANT AN END TO THIS HORRIBLE WAR AND BRING OUR LOVED
ONES HOME TO US.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

Posted by KF KEITH RI December 11, 08 11:49 PM
498.

What awesome pictures, it brings you right where the Freedom fighters do their duty!
I'll share this with my 12 and 7 years olds to make them understand what special men of character and courage serve our country.
I grew up in East Germany and know what gift freedom and democracy are. Freedom is not free and these soldiers make sure that we have the most precious gift of all- Peace and Freedom.
God bless America , our Solidiers and their families!

Posted by antje December 12, 08 10:47 AM
499.

Hey Brit, history lesson, chamberlain was going to be hitler's bitch, thus the country, until germany unloaded on Poland...

Posted by Anonymous December 12, 08 09:44 PM
500.

i am a nam vet 68 -69. pull our troops out and let a b-29 do to badgad what we did to japan.

Posted by bill valentine December 12, 08 10:42 PM
501.

To the troops I give my thanks. My husband is serving in a foreign land right now and I pray for him ever day. I support him in what he is doing. I do NOT complain nor tear down what he is doing.

To all the complainers on this blog. You have so much hatred in your heart for anything. You would complain about anything and right now you are directing it towards the USA. It is hard for me to talk to arm chair quarter backs, because there is no logic or reasoning. Their statements are final and usually they complain about something or someone. They are never wrong and they annoy me. Fact: War has been going on since the beginning of time. Whether you believe in creationism or evolution, there is always some fighting for postion. Even the cute adorable fuzzy creatures fight. Do you think waving peace signs and singing happy songs are going to change history. Not as long as people are taking planes and flying them into buildings, but that never happened in your happy world. That is just nieve. You say peace and stop war, but you are the most angry, complaining, evil, backstabbing people I have ever met. I do not like war, but there is evil. Look at your own complaining hearts. It starts there.

Back to our troops. I am so happy to hear all that was said in support of them.
God bless you for your words of encouragement. I also would like to thank all the men and women who serve. Keep up the good work!!!!


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Posted by Julie December 13, 08 12:23 AM
502.

To the Brit. You preach about history and how America waited 2 years to help you. I guess you have forgotten, since you most likely did not serve in that conflict, that for those two years America supported the Allied powers with weaponry and other supplies. Perhaps if you were not ignorant to the fact that we are all sovereign nations attempting to preserve our own way of life and those of the people in the nations we are deployed to, you would understand that none of us is better than the other. History is written by the victor of course. You sir are not a victor. My assessment is you have never served your nation aside from writing blogs on how America is stupid. I personally came across this site to view pictures of my fellow service men and women. Take pride in yourself, as I do in myself, for who you are and your acomplishments whatever they may be and let the service men and women fight for your right to say what you want on an internet website.

Posted by Proud to be in Iraq December 13, 08 01:39 AM
503.

A big thanks goes out to all those who are serving in the war zone. I have it pretty easy up here at West Point, but I know I will be in the thick of it too one day. Keep up the good fight guys.

As to the "Brit," let him keep spreading his ignorant bullshit, the soldiers from his country have also secured the freedom for him to be able to spread his uninformed lible. No matter what conflict we engage in, there will be dissenters. People don't understand that sometimes war in neccessary to maintain the security of nations. In the words of Orwell, I hope the Brit is just not too ignorant to understand that while he is sleeping peacfully in his bed, rough men stand ready to do violence on his behalf in order to protect his freedom.


Posted by Proud American December 13, 08 11:09 AM
504.

My heartfelt thanks and undying gratitude go out to all combat troops from USA, Canada, Great Britian, Australia and any others I have left out, who are helping us fight this global war on terrorism. My prayers are with you, that all may come home soon, as victors! God Bless and keep you safe.

Posted by Linda December 13, 08 12:58 PM
505.

The Land of the Free is made possible because it is also the Home of the
Brave. Freedom is acheived thru eternal vigilance and the desire to fight
for what you believe in. America's treasures are there as a result of it's
people's great sacrifices. In the present and the future we must not let
those sacrifices be forgotten and thus be in vain.

Posted by Robert W. Reynolds December 14, 08 12:13 AM
506.

Rule Britania, Britania, Rules the Waves -- not much.

Frankly, I don't expect anything less from a pummy whinner as yourself. You're one of the maggots that has nothing good to say about America. You have spent your life drinking sodas and building model airplanes. What else may we expect from a couch potatoe ?
T. McCann, USMC/USMCR, FLC, RVN 66/67

Posted by . McCann December 14, 08 08:04 AM
507.

Hey Brit: I'll assume you've forgotten a bit of your own history as well. Maybe the comic book history of WWII has a page or two about Chamberlain, and his selling out of Czechoslovakia? "Here it is, the paper with his name on it!" Appeasement worked REAL well with Hitler, yes? British refusal to sign a mutual defense agreement with the Soviet Union was also a big screw up, going with Poland instead, and Hitler knew all along that you would NEVER lift a finger to help Poland. He was right, of course. Your OWN history, brother, go read that before you spout off about ours.
Enjoy Sharia Law, it's coming down on you as I type this.

Posted by p whited December 14, 08 07:55 PM
508.

I am a veteran of 27 years of combat duty and I ask ... Why are we there then there is no economic benefit to America? We fight terrorism more effectively at home and at times with special missions.

Posted by William ASH December 14, 08 08:18 PM
509.

Dear Brit:
Americans have not gone forth to build an empire, dearie. Liberty and freedom for fellow mankind has been rightly motivation. Seems our $$$'s were always welcome and mostly our military were appreciated. But with your comic book reading recommendation, now understand from whence cometh your information. I have dear Brit friends who celebrate 4th of July with us, but I'm sorry you won't be on my A list. Hoping you receive some clear revelation and wisdom soon. You DO evoke some attention, which you must surely enjoy. Keep your powder dry and your lamps filled.....you may need both. An "ole" Army wife, still serving.

Posted by Mrs. Fishbaugh December 15, 08 08:51 AM
510.

I have three of my children in the service my oldest is in Japan,second is in Irag and my youngest is stationed in lackenheath ENGLAND. I am proud of what my children are doing,So I would like for pepole to stop puting down what are men and women are doing in the sevice for the world not just the United States. Because if you let thugs and bulleis run around pepole get hurt and killed. For the britt if you attack America and kill Americans on American soil we should attack in defense no matter what type of wepons the enemy has. I think that when a jet is used to maim,injuer,KILL pepole it is a wepone of mass-destruction.

Posted by Tony G. Giovengo December 15, 08 09:04 AM
511.

I just want to say thank you to all the troops, American and allied, for serving us under difficult and often trying conditions. The great majority of Americans support you, no mattter what their political persuasian is. We are grateful for your service and we pray for your safety daily. My nephew got back from Afghanistan this summer and we are all very proud of his sevice. He would go back again in a hearbeat. So would many of us veterans.

Don't worry about the scoffers and nay sayers. They have always been around and always will be. They will always take shelter behind you when you fight for their freedom...and then many of them will turn on you. But most will be grateful for what you did for them. Just remember that and always watch your back.

I spent 23 years as an Army Aviator, and have taught junior ROTC for the past 11- 1/2 years. That's 34-1/2 years wearing the uniform of my country. It has been an honor for me. When I see pictures of you who are currently serving, I get teary eyed and proud at the same time. Thanks for carrying on the great traditions of selfless service and sacrifice. May God Bless each one of you and hold you in His hands. J.B.

Posted by J.B. Blunk December 15, 08 10:37 AM
512.

I just want to say I am sorry to (The Brit). I do wish we would have first tried to talk with the Germans for a few more months. Had we done that then there would not be any more Brit's out there to write the crap that (The Brit) wrote. My dad was from Scotland but fought with Americans during WWII and then blessed me by coming to the States before my birth. I now serve with the US Military myself and lost my oldest son in Iraq. I end this with letting (The Brit) know that if he would like to talk face to face on this tell me where. Oh wait, he is a Brit he can only talk from a far away.

Posted by Mike December 16, 08 08:34 AM
513.

Dear All,
On behalf of all those fellow Englishmen who would glagly see the annonymouse (insulting spelling intended) ignoramous known as the Brit may say that he doesnt speak for the majority of us.
If he had any family who served he would know that Americans came over to fight in the British Army long before the USA joined the war and that we were all very grateful to the men and women of the American shipping services who risked their lives keeping us supplied.
It is unfortunate that the Internet gives these guys such a loud voice to spout rubbish with.

Our hearts and minds are as much behind your boys on the front lines as our own.

Freedom is always worth fighting for - without it we have nothing and are as sheep before lions.

Posted by Mr H December 16, 08 11:15 AM
514.

Obviously this Brit has not studied his history very well! We should not give any credence to this idiots blog, but recognize the fact that our proud American forces in all campaigns have been there to defend and protect our rights we all enjoy today.
We All owe thanks to many other Countries who have made this supreme sacrifice(s) as well. Thank-you!
This Brit certainly does not represent the majority of his country, but he is just typical of a loud mouth coward without basis or facts.

Posted by Oliver Lee St.Clair December 16, 08 05:33 PM
515.

Have we learned anyting from Vietnam or from the British experience with the Muslims? Does it really do any good to build empires in other countries? These people hate us because of our footprints in their countries. If we could get energy independent we could let the Arabs blow up as much of their sand as they want. We need to get out of Arab lands, get off the oil, and pull back to our borders and watch the rest of the world go to hell. These boys who died did so believing BushCo was telling the truth. They weren't, and they need to pay by going on trial for War Profiteering, which is against the Constitution that these boys died thinking they ere protecitng.

Posted by Dave in Dallas December 16, 08 07:10 PM
516.

to anyone who has anything negative to say, you probally haven't worn the uniform and will never understand. at least aknlowledge that you wouldn't be able to go on your pointless rant if wasn't for the sacrifices of what makes up this great nation. as for me, i'm on my way to basic training in three weeks. go airbourne!

Posted by Patrick in shitty liberal Mass. December 16, 08 11:42 PM
517.

Support the troops and let's bring them home safe and sound!

Posted by Rosie December 17, 08 09:48 AM
518.

God bless our Troops, especially our Snipers. Merry Christmas and a safe New Year to all our Men and Women who took the time from their own lives to make the rest of ours better.

Posted by Charlie S. Long Island, N.Y. December 17, 08 12:52 PM
519.

Power to you my brother's and my sister's and thank you for beeing there

Posted by Vincent Ballarano December 17, 08 06:57 PM
520.

To the Brit who Says the USA is little more than than a war mongering nation :
"We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." Winston Churchill said those words. When Britain needed us in WW2 we fought to defend your country. In my own family, six men went to Europe. Three were killed, two were wounded, and the one stationed in England came back whole because Germany was stopped. Despite your attitude towards us, you may sleep soundly because we are ready to defend even the ignorant,

Posted by Thomas Kielbowicz December 17, 08 07:10 PM
521.

We Americans back home forget what these soldiers are doing day - in and day-out.I am a Marine Viet Nam vet and truly appreciate their duty to country. The old saying comes to mind,"The U.S. military is at war, the american people are at the mall.' Bless our military, your doing a great job!
Semper Fi,Jasper Cooter

Posted by Jasper Cooter December 18, 08 08:52 AM
522.

I keep coming back to this article to look at the pictures and read the comments. It saddens me that there is so much vitriol being written here. As I said earlier, my Canadian cousin was killed in Kandahar earlier in the year (note the word Canadian), however his parents are of British origin (note the word British) and he was born here.

I also have a very good friend whos 19 year old son is serving with the Royal Marines in Helmund (note the word Royal, yes Royal, not US). The Royal Marines have lost 5 soldiers in the past week alone to insurgent attacks, roadside bombs and suicide bombers. My good friend as a father, is worried sick for his son, but supports him 100% whether he agrees with why he is there or not. My point is that whilst I recognise that the vast majority of soldiers in the region are American, there are also other nationlaities serving there. Please be mindful of this and let's cut out the nationalist cr**.

My final point is that because of what our nations have stood for over the past century or so, we are all free to voice an opinion on sites such as this, for or against what our 'lords and masters' get us in to. Let's remember that because but for the luck of where we were born it could all be oh so different

To my cousin, I say - I think of you every day and am eternally grateful and respectful that you decided to take the path that you did. I hope that history proves that you did not lose your life in vain.

To my very good friend I say that I 'pulling' hard for your son to come home safely.


Posted by Steve December 18, 08 09:26 AM
523.

First and foremost, from this Vietnam Marine tank commander to any and all US troops here and abroad, THANK YOU!!!

I have run into so many (especially young) Eurpoeans who have this huge chip on their shoulders about America versus them. They think that they have to denigrate America to make their miserable lives better. It is "us" against "them." Well, Fark them. We can win it alone. And we are proving it in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted by Tanker Jpohn December 18, 08 10:59 AM
524.

Only the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States have men and women who will fight for another people's freedom. This is a concept unknown to the rest of the World. None of these countries has ever taken a square inch of foreign land except to bury its dead. Our exceptionalism is directly related to our "small l" liberal democratic forms of government based on the knowledge that freedom is a God given right . No government can take it away. Our willingness to offer these inalienable rights to others is unique. These 5 countries' young citizens have paid the ultimate price; "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends."
Yes, we make mistakes. Yes, we are fallible; Yes, we are sometimes corrupt. No, we will not yield to the idea that human life is equal to an animal's. That is what makes these 5 countries separated by a common language the greatest and only hope for the survival of the Human species, so help us God.

Posted by Boria December 18, 08 01:33 PM
525.

To All,
I was born in America. I am not a veteran of war. It took me many years to come to the realization that to protect Christian values one would face opposition. Be it physical or spiritual. God puts obstacles in the way to determine if your willing to do His will. I have known many Nam vets that believe we lost that war. The truth is rarely grasped. The Vietnam war broke the backbone of communism. Who do you serve? There is only one God. Those that know that understand that the sacrificies made are known to Him and are made willingly because it is right. We all fall short but you can bet it is noted when we keep trying to do His will. GOD Bless all HIS children

Posted by Chuck Wilson December 18, 08 05:40 PM
526.

I will pray for your self return to your loved ones. Keep up the goos job always. My prayers go out to B Company 1-26 INF and all the other units stationed there. God Bless our troops.

Posted by SSG Jesse R. Castillo December 19, 08 04:03 PM
527.

To Boria - there are also other countries' soldiers who fight (no need to advertise) or protect in all parts of the world.

Posted by M. December 20, 08 02:03 AM
528.

These are great pictures, and the grunts in them even greater.

I'm reading more and more whining and crying, and pissing and moaning about a lot of coulda, woulda, shoulda. The bottom line is those who serve their country do so for reasons that extol the best virtues of the human race. Ideological, political, and social arguments are reduced to the common denominator of the person next to them. Duty, honor, integrity, and self sacrifice are not mere words. They are the foundations of character forged every day through their fidelity of a cause far greater than themselves and the world around them. Their world is not one of race, color, creed, religion, or national origin. Their world is brown or green, it’s the world of the uniform they wear, and how well they wear it. It’s not about winning and losing, or right and wrong. It’s awaking every morning, and doing the best with what G-d has endowed them with. It’s living with the shortfalls of knowing who they are. It’s the hope that one day it will be over.

I’ve never quit understood why people seem willing to derogate, malign, and marginalize those who serve their country. It’s a phenomenon that seems to permeate society, and is deeply embedded within the political structure. Isolated situations offensive to their sensibilities are portrayed out of proportion and context of the broader perspective. I suppose it’s a tenant of human nature. To justify one’s own narcissistic interests, it’s necessary to destroy anything outside their neurotic world of greed, jealousy, deception, and betrayal. A world where a person is measured by what they are, and not who they are; and honor, morals, and ethics are bought easier and cheaper than a whore.

It’s great that so many people support these men and women. They have changed, and the world as they knew it has changed. The things they have experienced will leave an indelible mark upon them for the rest of their lives. The men and women who serve their country live in less than optimal conditions. Life is reduced to the basic essentials of shelter, food, and drink. Faced with the reality of their own mortality, their value systems change. The priorities of the rest of the human race have little in common with their reality based experiences of what is essential and necessary. However, when they return, the support of their comrades will not be there. Friends and family will not understand. Society will turn its back, and many will become domestic casualties.

A cover story in the Sunday New York Times in January 19, 2008 stated that 75% of the prison population in the United States is Veterans. Depending upon whose statistics one uses, 35% to 80% of the chronic homeless in the United States are Veterans. How can this be? How can any nation turn its back on those who were willing to sacrifice all of their tomorrows for all of their fellow countrymen’s todays? This is about what is right and wrong. It is the ultimate betrayal. Do we build more prisons to hide the failure of them not only living up to society’s expectations, but more importantly their own expectations? There is a far greater responsibility beyond when the war is over.

I find the growing chorus of voices critical of those who serve in the Armed Forces alarming. Most are subtle in their maneuverings and messages. They are well organized, technologically astute, and determined in their opposition. From the political side, most are covering their incompetence and negligence in failing to govern domestic and foreign policy by using the sacrifice of so many for their own self interests. I hope the support being shown here continues by letting your representatives know what you think. Better yet, become locally involved.

Glad I got that all off my chest. I thought some of those pictures looked very familiar; but different time, different place, and different war.

Anyone over there reading this, kick some butt, and take some names for me.

Semper Fidelis,

Arnold J. Gasper
PFC, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, RVN, 6/69 to 9/70

Posted by Arnold J. Gasper December 20, 08 05:39 AM
529.

As always, tough American infantry getting it done keeping the wolf away. Makes me laugh when I see the sorry self centered idiots these patriots are protecting. Wish I was 20 years old so I could enjoy killing Taliban like I did VC and NVA in 66-67. Semper Fi

Posted by Mike December 20, 08 06:50 PM
530.

God bless each and every American soldier. I know they're watch lets us all feel safer may the good Lord watch over them and keep then safe. I'm very proud to be part of a family that has had many members serve and I am very proud of each and every one of them.

Posted by Pamela L. Ramsey December 20, 08 11:51 PM
531.

Thanks to all our troops.

Posted by Jackie December 21, 08 11:03 AM
532.

God bless you all, both American and British Forces and thank you for our freedom

Posted by Mike December 21, 08 11:34 AM
533.

For anyone complaining about a lack of US support during the Falklands conflict, President Reagan quietly offered Prime Minister Thatcher use of US Navy carriers to refuel UK naval aircraft enroute to the conflict. US support to other Royal Navy assets were also offered, as was the redeployment of US naval and air assets to cover UK responsibilities to NATO. While the US tried to maintain a face of neutrality on the issue, you can bet your paycheck behind the scenes it was much different. Whatever/however you may think it, the two are too intertwined strategically to let the other down.

Posted by Andrew F. December 21, 08 08:45 PM
534.

Dear American Heros,
I'm expressing my gratitude for all military members securing our freedoms.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND DEDICATION TO OUR COUNTRY.
The legend lives on...In GOD We Trust. United We Stand.

Posted by Dave Buell December 22, 08 10:26 AM
535.

Dear American/ british troops (heros)
I want to thank you for our freedom, your dedication you give to our country. I pray for every single one of you. Thanks for making our lives more secure. God Bless you always.

Posted by Maria December 22, 08 10:52 PM
536.

Here is what I do to support our troops deployed overseas. www.peasegreeters.org

Posted by Paul H Dachsteiner December 23, 08 03:34 PM
537.

I was there at the KOP before it looked so nice, my God bless anyone who is there or going there, you'll need it if you want to come back alive.

Posted by Ken December 24, 08 08:32 AM
538.

Being a vet of three conflicts (WWII Europe),Korea & Viet Nam, my heart goes out to these corageous men and women. But fcor many of the parents,who were l.ined up to spit on us and call us fil.thy names when we came back fropm Nam, I havbe no feelings but disgust. God bl.ess and keep safe those in that fortsaken land and bring them home safely.

Posted by Mel Green December 24, 08 11:40 AM
539.

There are pro's & cons in all things, what is missing here is, if we love one another & Christ there would be no wars. He died on the cross for us, our men & women are dying on the battle field for us. Please pray for peace all over the world and may God hold you & yours safely in the palms of his hands.

Posted by Connie White December 26, 08 11:42 AM
540.

Ther will be wars over there for many more years I am sorry avbout the troops we lost there my prayers go out to their family's

Posted by Chuck Krisfalusy December 26, 08 02:01 PM
541.

shame on you another country destored,

Posted by Irf December 26, 08 03:16 PM
542.

I ask that God brings you all home safely and Thank you for all you do for me and my familes freedom. God Bless you and yours

Posted by Renee Celestial December 29, 08 01:16 PM
543.

Many are with you all in spirit as our Warriors get ready for a 'push' on 'Terry'
(Taliban). May God be with each & every Warrior who is battling these Islamic
NUTS! When the sh*t hits the fan.....take care of bussines...screw the ROE's!

Posted by Drillbit January 2, 09 01:44 AM
544.


This war is not only about Afganistan - it's about every country and everyone everwhere that participates aids, abets, finances, or otherwise supports terrorism. America and the other countries in the world should destroy all of them. But this job is too big for America alone. If we continue on alone, the rest of the world will continue to disparrage America, call us the Great Satan, laugh at us, drain our human and financial resources, and take all we give with never a thanks. Obama must make call outhers to get on our team and not go it alone.


this

Posted by John Bean January 2, 09 12:15 PM
545.

I will keep these brave heros in my prayers and pray that this madness ends soon so they may come home to our precious U. S. Soil. Freedom comes at a high cost and it certainly is not to be taken for granted.......it is not free! These men are laying their lives down in the name of freedom. God Bless each and every soldier who is serving this great nation of ours. Please know how proud of you we are. Thank you for standing up for our freedom and the freedom of others.

Posted by Leah J. Myers January 4, 09 04:17 PM
546.

I want to thank every soldier, volunteer, helper of any kind for the cause of freedom. I want to thank my son for serving his country. There are so many brave men @ women that are putting there life on the line. With all that this country is facing, it has made me want to become more familar with my Judeo cChristian values and the history of our fore fathers. I believe the lack of respect we are seeing is lack of knowledge with the Bible and history of our Great Land. Our prayers are with you everyday soldiers and son. Love you Mom @ Dad and countrymen @ women

Posted by Marilyn January 4, 09 07:02 PM
547.

FYI, I call BS on The Brit. I seriously doubt he's British. He references Argentinians. That's American nomenclature. Brits call them Argentines. He's trolling.

Posted by Bob January 5, 09 09:36 AM
548.

Our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are like the white blood cells of our society, seeking out the infectious agents that would otherwise grow and multiply to cause a terrible disease, even death. If they should fail, which I pray they will not, we could see a horrific pestilence spread throughout the world. Ignorant people will assume it is just a harmless cold. History dictates that we should stop this in it's tracks or we will have learned nothing from history.
God bless all people of good will.

Posted by Bill January 5, 09 11:38 AM
549.

Reference that no British Soldiers are buried in the United States; not true. There is a marker at the Concord Bridge in MA that says two British soldiers are buried there. I have known several British soldiers and airmen and they are courageous and patriotic as our American forces. God Bless the Brits and God Bless our heroic troops....There are odd balls and wierdos in every walk of life including the US and England and we need to focus on those that count.....

Posted by Walter M. Stolpa, Jr. January 7, 09 05:28 PM
550.

America should use their resources to educate the people of America. I believe that the U.S government and army really think that the work they are doing and the wars they are fighting actually makes a difference, but in the war against terror and fanatics, the U.S have become what they are fighting against. Fanatic, fundamentalistic and totally olivious of the world opinion. And stop using the name of god to promote war! Become a secular nation! Quit playing around with thousands of peoples lives because you take the right to use brutal and lethal force! Stop being idiots! I don't believe in hell so i wont tell you to go there, but you should put your faces out of your own asses and realize what american foreign politics are doing with the world today.

It is not 1942 anymore. It is 2009, the world has changed and developed. American politics should too. Stop living in the past!

Posted by proud E.U. citizen January 10, 09 09:38 AM
551.

Words do not express the overwhelming heart ache i have for those with lost ones. Angels do exist and a brighter more loving place takes those in.

Proud wife of sgt and mommy to a to be military boy whom is in rotc.

Posted by Teri Demmitt January 12, 09 05:16 PM
552.

The words "I am my brother & sisters KEEPER" comes to mind when looking @ these photos. I currently have a son that is in his 4th wk of basic training, and it makes me PROUD not only as his father, but to also know our purpose. I am thankful everyday for the right to FREEDOM and without these soldiers giving their commitment, this world would really be disgraced. OUR PRAYERS OUR WITH OUR TROOPS!!!! MAY GOD BE WITH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU & YOUR FAMILIES.

T-Bone

Posted by TBONE January 20, 09 06:24 PM
553.

The above pictures were the best I have seen.They show the povery that these people live with everyday. And what young Heros are living in. God Bles them All. And Thank You for the Picture of them all.

Posted by Tony Harris January 23, 09 12:10 PM
554.

What else can i do but agree with what the person that wrote #524
So keep the on with the good fight againt the dark side,there is way to many cold hearted -self absorbed,ruthless,scum on this earth that just take what ever they want ,along with your freedom. Kirk

Posted by Anonymous January 25, 09 11:42 AM
555.

I am so thankful for the brave Men & Women who joined the Armed forces knowing that most likely they would be sent to Iraq and see active duty. War has been a part of our history and their will never be peace in the middle east no matter who we fight.

Posted by Rich January 28, 09 11:01 PM
556.

My prayers and my admiration for all in the arm forces. Thanks to you we enjoy freedom. I hope you get treated fairly when you come back. You deserve the best..

Posted by elsa lopez January 29, 09 11:57 PM
557.

There is plenty of BS to go around in all of the arguments here. The Marines found mustard gas in the Tigris before crossing over into Baghdad. That is a WMD (it is weapons of mass destruction, not mass weaons of destruction. How much mustard gas would you expect to find in the Potomac or Thames?). The 550 metric tons of Yellowcake Uranium found in 2003 and guarded about 12 miles NW of Baghdad until last year have been shipped to Canada for peaceful use. For the Bush haters, we conducted military action in Bosnia without being attacked or waiting for U.N. approval. Most intelligence agencies believed Saddam had WMD and we know he had airplane fuselages where terrorists were training for highjacking and we know the planner of the 1993 World Trade Tower bombers was on his payroll living in Baghdad.
In any event, the wonderful young men and women of the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and one or two other countries stepped up, putting their finite, mortal lives on the line for their countries and beliefs; VOLUNTARILY! God Bless them all. they are heroes and winners in life.

Posted by Charlie Carroll, USMC (Ret) February 1, 09 05:41 PM
558.

G'DAY All; Rock on to our Fighting Forces; Keep your heads down and return safely; this old grunt SALUTES you all!
As a pom (Now Naturalized) who served 13 years in the Australian Military with a Tour of Viet Nam as a Gunt; what our fighting forces are doing these days makes us look like stone age fighters. My Dad escaped from a POW camp in Germany and helped by Patton's Army. Do NOT FORGET; these men, or those of the US air force, they were kids in age; but men by action. Have a look at the white crosses in Saving Pte Ryan; they are NOT props, they are a generation who gave their today for your tomorrow!
To the BRIT; whats you problem? If you did a little more reading you will find out that the US helped in many many ways during the FALKLANDS, not made puplic at the time; including the ground to air missiles used by the Royal Marines.
For SVN; I salute the US DUSTOFF Units who saved many Aussie lives; the choppers & gunships; not forgetting fast air, two Nations; one force, one aim; as Today in Afghanistan. WE WILL REMEMBER; LEST WE FORGET!

Posted by Tony Blake February 2, 09 11:17 PM
559.

Hello . . . You can send supply packages to these guys to help to show your support & gratitude of their efforts to:
B. CO. 1-26IN
KORENGAL OUTPOST
APO AE 09354

We did . . . with Love, from Corpus Christi, Texas!

Posted by jb cargile February 10, 09 02:59 PM
560.

There is an aire of uncanniness brewing in our country today. Besides the intellectual morons that run our country, we also have a new breed of selfish, greedy and uncarring people. The young mentality has gone to an all-time low and this sad state of society has replaced morals and principles with Nike shoes; love of country with loud and vulgar behavior; kindness, tenderness and warmth with crude & boisterous music & cheap flicks. These young men and women who are giving their lives for us must be commended because they are doing what we all should be doing, restoring the faith in this country and in the American way. The assholes that profit from all this propaganda will eventually be left behind and hopefully our country will be restored to its grandeur it once held. If that should ever happen again it will only be because of the men and women that have given their lives for your freedom [like those in the past that have given their lives for this great country that they never got to see]. IF THEY CAN SEE IT NOW THEY WOULD ROLLOVER IN THEIR GRAVES. So twits and twinks better wake up before it's too late for all of us. Start caring about this country more and yourselves a little less.

Posted by Joseph A. Grajales February 10, 09 04:05 PM
561.

To all the soldiers of all the forces fighting terrorism, regardless of uniform - GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!!!!
To the history buffs, let us all remember that history often repeats itself and we need to be cognizant of what is going on in the world at large as well as in our own countries. Our enemies are many and filled with evil but we have the Duty, the Honor and the Country(ies) that have proven, again and again, that good will always overcome if our resolve never waivers. Let us all do what we can to encourage that stregth in ourselves and others.

Posted by Tony February 13, 09 08:50 PM
562.

Wahai Amerika, Eropa dan Australi yang bersatu memerangi Islam: sebenarnya target utama kalian apa? Apakah ingin membunuh sebanyak mungkin Orang Islam (Muslim) dan menghabisinya seluruhnya? Apakah itu mungkin, tapi apa untungnya untuk kalian? Sekarang hitunglah jumlah biaya untuk membuat kerugian dan kerusakan kepada Orang Islam, semakin banyak kerusaskan dan kerugian Orang Islam semakin kuat suara tertawa kalian, sungguh rusak jiwamu.
Ketika Muslim sedang baca Qur'an dan menyebarkan kebaikan kepada manusia, kalian membunuhnya dari belakang. Jadi kalian itu manusia macam apa?

Posted by Siti Noerhajati February 17, 09 05:19 AM
563.

God Bless you Wesley Bradley.

Posted by Sarah February 22, 09 11:48 AM
564.

For all you "America" haters, it was America that was the driving force behind the defeat of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan,it was America that broke the back of the Soviet Union and it was America that rebuilt Japan and Germany to what they are now. Americans are a proud and just people, just don"t piss us off.

Posted by Lynn Sherman February 26, 09 07:51 PM
565.

The world is made up of sheep, wolves and sheep dogs. These men and women are Americas sheep dogs. They will protect the sheep from the wolves and expect little or nothing in return. They will do this even when the sheep show a dislike for the sheep dog. The problem is, in the eyes of the sheep the sheep dog looks more like the wolf than the sheep and they have a difficult time with this. They will never understand the sheep dog. If you are a sheep thats o.k. we will protect you. If you are a wolf, beware for America's Sheep Dogs are comming for you.

Posted by Ed McSwain February 28, 09 01:15 PM
566.

Thee photos depict the life of my son and the soldiers who are his friends in this unit.. I have read each of your l, and the controversy is as confusing and striking as this war. Have any of you stopped thinking long enough to recognize we are all in this together? Our world belongs to all of us, a gift from God. Do you believe that one has more right to a grain of sand or piece of earth than the next? Do you believe that respect for each person who breathes free air has less of an interest in preserving life, peace and unity? We are all entitled. We all long for the powers of those that rule to come to those same conclusions. We are equal. We are all deserving of peace and freedom to enjoy what God has provided. Do you believe your heart can open to your neighbors and know they are no different than you? What can each of us do daily to share what we have with those who are in need, trusting that each person deserves your respect and open mind to different customs and cultures. We all need to fight the good fight in unity, only then will we prevail.

Posted by Ellie Markell March 2, 09 01:51 PM
567.

My uncle is over there right now, God Bless Him...

Posted by Carlos Merino-Labelle March 3, 09 01:00 PM
568.

To Carlos,

I will pray for your uncle, as I do all soldiers and their families. Forgive my typing, I have an arm injury, but will make effort to be clear in further communication. I don't know how long your uncle has been there, and you may already know, support is available for you and your family. Check with your local veterans hospital or go online to the website militaryonesource. There appears to be an enormous collective passion expressed just on this comment board. Imagine if every citizen were to share that passion openly, peacefully to those who need to hear us, what a difference could be made? What if the people of other nations involved, were just as passionate for world peace and joined our voices in unity? What if ordinary people, no matter where they are or what heritage they come from, prayed openly together to end this for the sake of freedom and the end of violence and misdirected hate? Are you aware that our First Lady, Michelle Obama has made military families one of her official responsibilities? I thank her, you, all people striving to make our world one that promotes healing and freedom.

Posted by Ellie Markell March 3, 09 09:17 PM
569.

Prayers for all the soldiers!

Posted by mary ann ohsol March 6, 09 03:14 PM
570.

God Bless you Mary Ann, Carlos, First Lady Obama, our soldiers and those in power here and throughout the world. What can we do today to make our word a better one? I know at the very least, I will pray. I will smile and be grateful for all that I have, and remember those that have lost their lives to bring me the peace I carry in my heart, and to those who are here and deployed, may God be with you as you make decisions on how we proceed to end this war. As I view these photos again, and again I ask God to protect you as you carry out your duties. I pray that you all know we are with you in spirit.

Ellie Markell

Posted by Ellie Markell March 10, 09 01:31 PM
571.

I'm proud to an allie of such brave men and women who give all to give us freedom these are just word but the emotions behind them are real and can not be put into words all I can say is thanks mate From an Aussie soldier retired

Posted by C Hanson March 31, 09 06:03 AM
572.

I'll put to rest two questions from earlier in this blog. #103 picture 14 is a picture of SSG Debo and it is an ANA weapon. He traded out his weapon with an ANA soldier because a sniper rifle is not very good waepon to search a mud hut with. It is a good weapon to provide security with. He was in Aliabad and was watching for movement on Honcho Hill. The second question had to do with the age of the soldiers. Yes a large percentage are young in age but old in experience. I'm 41 and got home in January. I spent alot of time with SSG Debo and the soldiers in the Korengal Valley. I have never known finer men in my life. WarHawk 44

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 11:13 PM
573.

im gald im not there again.. i was with 1-32 in the korengal... i cried knowing i would never have to go back to that horrible valley. For those that are still there... keep up the fight.

Posted by jobu April 3, 09 03:37 PM
574.

I visited this site because a very special friend of mine is being deployed to this area in 2 weeks. We have discussed what conditions would be like...I just wasn't getting it and there was tension between us because of this. These pictures and articles have answered so many questions for me..they have shown me the seriousness and severity of each and every deployment our military makes. These pictures told me the story he has been trying to tell me....I think now I get it! He didn't want to scare me..when it is a very, very scary situation. Thanks for sharing the pictures. God Bless the Military at home and far away!!

Posted by Cindy Lockhart April 19, 09 10:58 AM
575.

i was at the KOP 2006 thru 2007 that area is no joke

Posted by SSG Rosenbloom April 23, 09 12:50 PM
576.

once dat frist bullet goes past ur head poitics and all dat stuff goes rite out da window.nd da onlii thing dat u think about rite den and der is how ur goin to get u and your men out of dat place

Posted by CPT.ORTIZ May 15, 09 11:47 AM
577.

Im a veteran that had been to the same valley. Im with 1-32 INF. A co. 2nd platoon, I know how harsh is the terrain and the living condition of the soldiers we have in that valley. Iam really proud of all the sacrifice and pain that you are doing now. Just dont forget to call in to God everytime and He will help you out.
God Bless to all our soldiers world wide....

Posted by Ocampo May 16, 09 11:42 PM
578.

As a former Marine and who had been wounded on combat in Vietnam, I have yet to see one piece of evidence that proves to me that our troops and money are needed in Afghanistan. This area of the world for as far back as history is recorded, has been fighting among themselves. Having said that, I am proud of our troops for their sacrfices, duty, honor and service to this country. I am hopeful that all our forces will be brought home safe and we can take care of what lies next for us here.

Posted by Richard Healy May 20, 09 07:51 AM
579.

Thanks to all of you who serve. I couldn't imagine doing your job. These pictures are incredible, and are only a window into a world that is hard to even wrap my mind around. Stay safe, guys and gals. Looking forward to welcoming you home.

Posted by Terry May 25, 09 09:38 PM
580.

Photos showing the American solders pointing guns at the 3rd world enemy. How do these photos inform? Are the viewers really 'shocked' at what they see. These images are not new just updated versions of what you can see in any modern war. The photos lack emotion. The photos only inform the most uninformed. This body of work adds nothing to the debate. Most Americans already know the US has troops in Afghanistan fighting. We already know the troops are doing the best they can. These photos are just glorified snapshots authorized by the DOD like all the work done by imbedded journalists.

Posted by Goodreader May 27, 09 05:57 PM
581.

Excellent photos. Best wishes from New Zealand to the forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Posted by Grant May 30, 09 08:27 AM
582.

I commend all the men and women who are fighting to keep us free'
I had three uncles who fought in World War Two and one was wounded.
God bless them everyone. Betty Clark

Posted by Brtty Clark May 30, 09 07:37 PM
583.

To Thomas Kielbowicz, @ COMMENT 520, You Sir are right on." God bless you and your family " I have two boys (Men) That are serving over there now , It's always the US who is always pulling everyone else's ass out of harms way. And to Steve @ COMMENT 522, You Sir are an Idiot, We are The Fn U.N. Always the first ones in and the last ones out (on our dime), THIS IS ABOUT THE U.S. SODIER, SAILOR AND MARINE-- WAKE UP!!!

Posted by Joe A. June 1, 09 02:47 AM
584.

IF IT WASN'T FOR THE MEN & WOMAN OF MY COUNTRY EVERYBODY IN EUROPE INCLUDING YOU BRIT WOULD BE SPEAKING GERMAN, THATS IF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WERE ALLOWED TO LIVE.. THIS COUNTRY MAY NOT BE PERFECT BUT WE DONT GO TO WAR BECAUSE WE FEEL LIKE IT. AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ(BOTH TIMES), BOSNIA, BEIRUT, PANAMA. THESE WERE ALL DONE TO HELP PEOPLE WHO WERE EITHER BEING SLAUGHTERED OR TO HELP THE PERSON THE PEOPLE ELECTED DEMOCRATICLY. I KNOW, I KNOW IRAQ WAS A CHOICE BUT IF YOU THINK THOSE IRAQIS ARENT BETTER OFF W/OUT

Posted by CHRIS June 30, 09 02:08 AM
585.

Thank you, US service personnel for your time, effort and lives to protect the people of Afghanistan, as well as the people of the US, in fighting the scourge of the Taliban.

This is where we should be, and I know our troops will do the best they can, which is what they were trained to.

I was not a supporter of the undeclared Iraq war, but I know our troops did their jobs with the level of professionalism we've come to expect from our armed forces, which makes them THE unparalleled fighting force on the planet.

Godspeed, troops, we wish you well, and pray for your safe return.

Posted by Byron McCormick July 2, 09 11:35 AM
586.

DO ANYONE KNOW SGT JOHN MOORE

Posted by CRAIG July 21, 09 02:05 AM
587.

So moved by the photo of U.S. Army Spc., Kevin Yeatman. Our son-in-law is a little older and has served two tours in Iraq, wounded both times. My husband is former army and his father served in the Navy in WWII and Korea. We are so thankful for these men giving up their youth so we can remain safe. As did their predecessors throughout history, these young heros are the only ones standing between us and evil. Please consider adopting a soldier from this hellish place. We have just been assigned to a wonderful young newlywed and father serving in the Korengal Valley. There are many organizations to help you connect with a young soldier who could use your one-to-one support and encouragement.

Posted by Dawn July 21, 09 04:56 PM
588.

Only two people have ever been willing to die for you, Jesus christ and the American soldier one died for your soul the other for your freedom
-Tony Blair to parlement

Posted by William August 11, 09 12:58 PM
589.

I WAS THERE IN KORENGAL VALLEY WHICH WAS CALLED "KOP" WHEN 10TH MOUNTAIIN WAS THERE IN 2006-2008 "I LOST ALOT OF GOOD SOLDIERS (FRIENDS) OUT THERE BECUASE LACK OF CONSIDERATIONG DUE TO HIGHERS NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT WAS GOING ON AT THAT TIME ALSO IGNORING CERTIAN FACTS AND HAVING A E-VAC TAKE A F*CKING HOUR AND A HALF TO PICK UP ONE F*CKING SOLDIER TO GET HIM OUT OF THERE FOR BETTER MEDICAL CARE I COULD GO ON AND ON BUT DONT BELIEVE THE GOVERMENT ON WHAT THEY TELL YOU

Posted by Anonymous August 14, 09 04:48 PM
590.

"Only two people have ever been willing to die for you, Jesus christ and the American soldier one died for your soul the other for your freedom
-Tony Blair to parlement"

What a bullsh*t quotation.

Tony Blair said no such thing.

Moron.

Posted by Mind your own business August 27, 09 08:55 PM
591.

John is a true hero. I go to work with him on 6 Sept 2008, the day he was 1st put in for a Silver Star that now is a being recomended for a Medal of Honor. I hope he gets it.... The next time and last time I saw him was 16 Oct 2008 the day he died. I will never forget you John.

Posted by Matthew Kinney September 18, 09 02:27 PM
592.

All of you.. have respect for them...! They did not ask for this war ...they were put in it. The US Government had better start taking care of our soldiers and Vets from all wars... I wished I could trade places with my son... or anyones son who is there now. I can just imagine the denile of benefits for these brave men and women . I can not believe older vets like myself can not re-enter due to some BS retirement age requirement. There is no excuse for this discriminatory rule and some of us with prior service know the games very well . Im a Vet from a thankless war !

Posted by Frank Gallag November 3, 09 12:46 PM
593.

This is where my son just went to.......the pictures dont make me feel good about him coming home...........be safe 25th id.........

Posted by karen November 12, 09 02:39 PM
594.

I have an idea! Let us bring home our brave boys and send over all of the federal politicians. Maybe they will see the BIG PICTURE. Or not.

Having served in Vietnam and Desert Storm, I know what a challenge it is to be away from home, not knowing where the enemy is and what he is doing is very stressfull. I am now retired after 33 years but still have high respect for those who serve (in any capacity). God bless the men and women of our VOLUNTEER armed forces.


Posted by Jim Snyder December 3, 09 03:07 PM
595.

Thanks for the photos. I'm presently serving here in Afghanistan appreciate someone giving a pictorial story to those back in the wonderful USA and her blessed coalition allies. Keep the faith and please stand behind your US armed forces...

Posted by KW December 29, 09 11:46 AM
596.

gosh when will this be over!!? My boyfried is currently in Korengal and there are days when i cant sleep wondering if hes okay, i cant even imagine what our heros family must feel. We need our soilders home and safe ASAP

Posted by Diana February 21, 10 12:35 PM
597.

hi i am from romania i love you god blass oyu

Posted by cipi March 7, 10 04:55 PM
598.

I've tried to find this place from map, but no luck. Can it be true, that Korengal is also known as "Kop"? (Kop is there: http://mappi.us/?q=29.559795,64.063854,15,29.55972,64.06643,3)

Posted by Soldier March 9, 10 04:45 AM
599.

Ash:

"Why are we there then there is no economic benefit to America? "

You are quite right as the Afghanistan invasion and occupation is draining the already stressed Federal budget.

But after reading these posts I am amazed that it is such a big secret that Afghanistan is all about American oil corporations exploiting the gas and oil reserves of Central Asia. The only way they can market that energy is via pipeline through Afghanistan. Afghanistan itself also has proven natural gas reserves that the Russians tried to export, but the Afghans sabotaged their equipment and pipelines.

If the plan works, these resources will be marketed in Asia, with India as the primary market. This is corporate imperialism paid for by the American taxpayer and the suffering of our troops. "Terrorism" is just a cover story, or smoke screen for the real basis of this war of aggression.

Try Googling the word Pipelineistan for a bit of history and journalism on the subject. One of the better writers is Pepe Escobar. This true story is more or less banned from American corporate media, although some articles are beginning to appear in Canadian media and it is all over the various alternative media sites.

I lived through the Nam era where many of us learned that there are such things as counter productive and futile military adventures. At this point the only winners are those who profit from supplying the war machine.

Good Luck !

Posted by JConrad April 15, 10 02:58 PM
600.

THANK THE LORD FOR OUR BRAVE U.S. MEN AND WOMEN FIGHTING FOR US OVER HERE! BUT REMEMBER FREEDOM IS NEVER FREE!

Posted by Anonymous May 5, 10 01:35 PM
601.

ЭТА ВОЙНА НЕ НУЖНА НИКОМУ. ЯТАМ БЫЛ , ЯЗНАЮ.

Posted by SERGEI June 25, 10 11:59 AM
602.

These people arn't defenseless, yes they are scared and confused. they are told we are the enemy so they shoot. if you fire a weapon with leathal force at me i will make it my soul mission to take you out or seriously fu#k you up with my dying breath. Hang in there guys, relif is on its way Nov 2010. put me in coach,im ready to play!

2d BN 3d marines

Posted by RP Burling July 30, 10 09:45 PM
603.

Americans and their friends has lost the war in Afghanistan and no one well win the war in Afghanistan until they respect afghans(pashtoons).

Posted by Emal khan September 28, 10 05:52 AM
604.

Yankees, go home!

Posted by Anonymous October 19, 10 12:34 PM
605.

well that picture of all these men and women need some credit for the hard work and all of the deaths of us

Posted by Anonymous October 23, 10 10:25 AM
606.

thy never can,t this war muslim will be win

Posted by safi November 27, 10 07:36 PM
607.

bless all troops that served at outpost restrepo you guys put up a hell of a fight for the road to be built and i send prayers to those ones who were ambushed GOD BLESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


P.S I'AM 13 BUT LOOKIN TO SERVE WISH ME BLESSINS NOT LUCK

Posted by emmanuel mcpherson November 30, 10 09:07 PM
608.

We spend millions of years evolving into modern man, then we find the most remote cave-man-like-people on the planet and fight them. I support our boys, but our policies suck.

Posted by David January 6, 11 10:25 AM
609.

GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS! To all who have served, who serve and who have died because of. I am proud to say I am an american and thank everyone who chooses to go fight the fight. Not many people have the balls to go to war and come back to a society who treats them like crap and ignores the mental issues they have from serving. May God wrap them in love and protect each and every one of them. War is hell. My Mom is an Army vet and I am dam proud of her. Vietnam was senseless. I think we ought to stay out of these foreign countries, let them fend for themselves. They KILL us and Americans and we accept that. Well thats just wrong. We are going to reduce Americans to zero because of all the senseless wars and illegals in this country.

Posted by Robin Bush January 6, 11 06:42 PM
610.

So many people have died. And for what? They protect this country but how can they protect themselves out there? What they do is noble and worthy of honoring but how will the dying stop if we can't find it within ourselves to stop fighting for a second and listen to the world around us telling us that it's a lost cause? Bless the troops and all they do. May their sacrifice not be in vain.

Posted by Derek Pattle February 11, 11 01:22 PM
611.

brilliant writing, interesting and also right to the point

Posted by Ereneempary February 11, 11 08:42 PM
612.

Interesting, my unit is currently occupying this AO. SGT Penich now has a combat outpost named after him. Alot of theese places in the pictures dont exist anymore, anyways.

Posted by Doc February 17, 11 05:08 PM
613.

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Posted by annepleCafe February 28, 11 02:39 PM
614.

This is one of the best pieces of photojournalism I've seen. I've done three years in Iraq, and I took one of these pictures instead of any that I or my men have taken to put on my desktop. Thanks!

Posted by NotImportant March 7, 11 01:52 PM
615.

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Posted by selena gomez bikini March 12, 11 02:05 AM
616.

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