Strykers along the Arghandab River

In an article from the Seattle Times:

Bravo Company arrived in Afghanistan with 24 Strykers, the first of the eight-wheeled combat vehicles outfitted with high-tech communications and surveillance gear to arrive in Afghanistan. One-third of the vehicles are now out of service due to bomb attacks or maintenance.

The bomb threats are so pervasive that Stryker drivers have abandoned some stretches of road in favor of driving through the deserts on different routes.

The story sure seems to spend a lot of time focusing on negative quotes and experiences of the troops.

Comments

  1. “If we send our children to school during the day, then the Taliban will come kill the parents at night,” said one elder[…]

    This right here is about the main reason why we are losing. If we can’t guarantee security to the people that ARE sympathetic to us, how do we expect to win over anyone that is not, or on the fence? Has the political leadership not learned a damned thing from Iraq and the demands of COIN?

    “We may go with 10 to 11 guys, when we like to have 14 to 21,” said Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Dimico[…]

    If we are sending out patrols into harm’s way that are undermanned right now, then I’m not sure what Obama has left to consider. Either get them the support they need to do their jobs or get them the hell out of there. At this point I don’t really care anymore, except for the crippling blow to our national credibility the latter would result in. But don’t fricking dither while more troops die.

    My sister just finished Navy basic and is hell-bent on getting into EOD, so this is starting to hit closer and closer to home. She could very well end up in that country, and it scares the hell out of me. But she volunteered, and if they Navy sends her, she will damn well go. The government better have her back, because I know she has all of ours.

  2. “The story sure seems to spend a lot of time focusing on negative quotes and experiences of the troops.”

    That’s the Media collective theme, “Afghanistan is a disaster”. They have to stick with the program.

  3. This Agnostic, Atheist Activist Sez: The problem is the vast majority of our media are liberal, lying leftist Kool Aid Drinking OBOTS who are so STUPID they fail to understand if we lose our war with the Moslem Fanatics, THEY will be among the first to be
    BEHEADED!

    IF Ignorance really is “Bliss” then nearly all of our Media must be in a constant state of CLIMAX!

    Neil

  4. So is anyone saying the story is factually wrong, or is otherwise misrepresenting the situation these troops are in? The story quoted no less than four different soldiers, each with a different rank. What the hell are you bitching about?!

    It’s this kind of reporting that is going to keep the pressure on the Defense Dept. and the White House to get off their asses and start making the tough decisions that will give US soldiers a chance to win.

  5. hunter:So is anyone saying the story is factually wrong

    Nothing is factually wrong that I know of, and I’m not aware of anyone claiming that anything was.

    or is otherwise misrepresenting the situation these troops are in?

    Ah. Here’s the point. There’s a HUGE difference between “not factually wrong” and “misrepresenting”. A world of difference.

    The story quoted no less than four different soldiers, each with a different rank.

    That’s a very good sample. How many total were interviewed to get those four quotes? Just those four? Ten? Thirty? Were those quotes typical? Were they the majority view? Or were they the only four that fit the narrative the reporter was going for? I don’t know.

  6. Right On Murdoc, Right ON!

    “Hunter’s” commemnts makes me wonder if he/she has been paying attention for the last nine years of biased, many times totally inaccurate reports from our sad excuse for fair and balanced media.

  7. That’s a very good sample. How many total were interviewed to get those four quotes? Just those four? Ten? Thirty? Were those quotes typical? Were they the majority view? Or were they the only four that fit the narrative the reporter was going for? I don’t know.</I

    That's right Murdoc, you don't know. But if the battalion commander was quoted then I doubt very much he would have opened his mouth w/o knowing it would end up in that 'sad excuse for fair and balanced media'

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