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by West Side Observer, Oak Hill,
on Jul 15, 2009
I guess no one wants to answer this because since Obabma took over we now have a lot more killed in Afghanistan and these ARE attributable to his failed policies. No I guess no one dares to keep on counting!
A stunning example by "Another Resident" of how to turn a simple question into an ATTACK!!
West Side, I do not have the answer to you question and couldn't find anything online, though there is a contact number for the organization available.
Why should this issue to addressed? Why should W burden all the blame! It's O's failed policies that has not brought down the #'s. This will be O's legacy! Face it!
Why isn't Another Resident's comment considered constructive criticism, instead of being branded an attack?
It's a valid observation. Why is it an attack to notice the absence of reporting of the deaths in Afghanistan since Obama assumed the Office?
It's now his war--are the dead any less valuable to our country now? Why can't they be counted by the pacifists in Lafayette or Pleasanton?
Is this part of the 'change' we were to expect? Not much has changed in this regard..Osama and his ilk are still running around mentoring future terrorists.
I'm a member of Pleasantonians4Peace and I'm also a volunteer at the Crosses of Lafayette. I last worked at the Crosses on July 5, and I put up several crosses on that day. I don't know how many. There are always several of us working on the first Sunday of the month -- constructing crosses, painting them, puting them in the ground. It's like an assembly line, each of us doing one small part of the whole. Somebody there keeps count, but most of us don't. We're too busy. We're always behind. Our soldiers are being killed faster than we can erect the markers. When last I looked at the large sign on the hill, it listed the American dead in Iraq and Afghanistan at 5,050. Obviously there are more now. At the Pleasanton Vigil we mourn and memorialize those dead. Last Wednesday we didn't mention the Crosses of Lafayette, but we often do. Peace.
Thank you for the information, Fred.
Steve P. and Another Resident, you are both twisting information and obfuscating the point. January 20, 2009 is a very specific date, and there was a very specific agenda with your posts.
Thank you, Fred, and bless you for your work. I wish America ran announced convoys taking our fallen home, so we could turn out to salute and honor them like the Canadians have been doing. Memorializing them with crosses is, one would think, something anyone who claims to support our troops would approve of.
I am confused about where Another Resident and Steve stand. Sounds like they supported the war when Bush was running it, and I'm guessing they applauded the surge in Iraq (when casualty numbers rose), and that they opposed Obama's pledge to bring our troops home. Perhaps they even approved of the Bush/Cheney policy forbidding photos or coverage of our dead soldiers coffins arriving stateside, although they now complain that the loss of life is not publicized enough. They seem to both oppose Obama's surge in Afghanistan (with the expected increase in casualties)AND blame him for not capturing Osama Bin Laden. I respectfully ask: Are you guys perhaps finally agreeing with us liberals that it's time to bring our troops home so they will stop being killed?
Patricia: It would preferable if battling Al Queda in Afg. were not necessary, but it is. You can't negotiate or apologize your way out of this situation, nor can you ignore the imminent threat of a terrorist breading ground.
Having communicated those harsh realities, I was merely pointing out the double standard and hypocrisy when it comes to casualty reporting (specifically, by the 'mainstream media') under 2 different administrations. Where's the massive outcry that occurred over the past 8 years? Why is it OK now? Does Obama get a pass?
Patricia there are groups that do and have for many, many years. Pleasanton Military Families, Operation Sam, Patriot Guards, Warrior Watchers all escort and welcome home our troops and yes they are there when our dead come home. They honor our troops, all of them they possibly can. You need to look up some of these wonderful people. Canadians have nothing on us. God Bless our Military and these groups who support them.
I totally agree with your point. Why is there a double standard? Why is the PRESS playing this game? Yes, we do want to give the new administration a chance but we can't hide the death rate or #'s.
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