In response to Afghanistan is a “Lost Cause”; Leaked Documents Show Futility of Afghanistan War I received an email from Stephanie Jasky, founder of FedUpUSA.org. Her son is currently in Afghanistan. Stephanie writes ….

Hello Mish,

Just wanted to say thanks for the balanced and objective view on Afghanistan. My son is on the front lines with the 101st Airborne (Infantry). He’s been there since the first week in May.

The things I could tell you would make your hair stand on end. What civilian leadership, with some complicity of military leadership is doing to our young men and women is repulsive.

The war is getting a little more coverage in the media now, but for a while there, it looked like all these fine men and women would be led to their deaths and no one would even know.

It has been hard as a parent (and there are MANY of us) not able to speak up. Most people have no idea what it is like to live 24/7 being terrified of the doorbell ringing.

Thanks again for the article on Afghanistan. The more people talk about it, the better chance something will be done.

Stephanie S. Jasky, Founder, Director – FedUpUSA.org

Troops Do Not Support The Mission

Several people have informed me that OPSEC bars the military from saying things like “Troops Do Not Support The Mission” no matter how true that might be. Thus, all those stuck in Afghanistan, not supportive of the mission, wanting to speak their minds have no means of doing so.

Worse yet, inability to speak ones mind not only applies to military, but their family’s ability as as well. I am not just talking about sensitive data like troop, size, location, strength, etc, but simple matters of freedom of speech as to whether or not troops believe in what they are doing.

Freedom of speech means nothing anymore. It’s the new American way.

The Vietnam Afghanistan Song

Well, come on all of you, big strong men,
Uncle Sam needs your help again.
He’s got himself in a terrible jam
Way down yonder in Vietnam Afghanistan
So put down your books and pick up a gun,
We’re gonna have a whole lotta fun.

And it’s one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam Afghanistan;
And it’s five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain’t no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we’re all gonna die.

Come on Wall Street, don’t be slow,
Why man, this is war au-go-go
There’s plenty good money to be made
By supplying the Army with the tools of its trade,
But just hope and pray that if they drop the bomb,
They drop it on the Viet Cong Taliban.

And it’s one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam Afghanistan.
And it’s five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain’t no time to wonder why
Whoopee! we’re all gonna die.

With thanks to Country Joe and the Fish I wonder “Where are the protest songs?” Are boomers too worried about stock market and housing prices to care if our youth is getting slaughtered?

What ARE we there for anyway? Oil? Empire Building? Obama’s Reelection Bid? All Three?

By the way, I neither endorse nor denounce other positions of FedUpUSA.org. I have not followed them closely enough to know. Rather, and as always, I support specific policies on a case by case basis. In this case we both seem to agree on the need to get the hell out of Afghanistan.

The best way to “Support the Troops” is to not put them needlessly in harm’s way in the first place. It’s time to declare the war won and bring them home.

President Obama has been a huge disappointment in regards to war, torture, Guantanamo Bay, and of course the economy. Youth of America, are you paying attention?

Mike “Mish” Shedlock
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