143,000 Troops in Afghanistan, and All I Got Was This?

August 2, 2010 by Keyser Söze | Filed under Afghanistan, Bad Idea, Photography.

Apparently, sildenafil they’ve now got 143,000 men in Afghanistan, as the US incursion/campaign/escapade/whatever-you-want-to-call-it approaches the start of its tenth year, though to what end exactly remains as obscure to Keyser as it always has. Here are a few striking images from the front lines.

Staff Sgt. Brenden Patterson, a Pararescueman, or “PJ,” of the 58th Rescue Squadron, of Las Vegas, scans for threats while sitting in the open doorway, with the door-gunner visible in the background, on a rescue mission aboard a Pavehawk CASEVAC helicopter in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan on Wednesday July 28, 2010.

No doubt it’s easy to tell friend from foe like this.

A man touches the body of a man who US Army soldiers said fired at them with an AK-47, after he was shot and killed near the village of Samir Kalacheh in the Arghandab Valley north of Kandahar on July 28, 2010. Though soldiers said they saw three men shooting at them and returned fire, killing one man and injuring another, local people were protesting that the dead man was a farmer from Samir Kalacha village.

Gotcha! Or got somebody, at any rate.

A boy weeps for a man who US Army soldiers said fired on them with an AK-47 was shot and killed near the village of Samir Kalacheh in Arghandab Valley north of Kandahar July 28, 2010.

Unless Keyser’s mistaken, this is known in the trade as “winning hearts and minds.” Oh, wait a minute…

Afghan security personnel stand near the severed head of a suicide bomber at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on July 18, 2010. A suicide bomber on a bicycle detonated explosives in central Kabul July 18, injuring six people, two days before a key international conference in the capital, a government official told AFP.

Jesus, what are you supposed to do with people like this?

Sgt. Christopher Duke and wife Lauren Duke greet Rufus at PetAirways on Thursday, July 29, 2010, in Atlanta, Georgia. Rufus and two other dogs saved Duke’s and other soldiers’ lives while serving in Afghanistan when on the evening of Feb. 11, 2010, the dogs attacked a suicide bomber trying to enter their barracks, forcing the bomber to detonate his explosives in the entry corridor. Though five of the 50 soldiers present sustained injuries, none died that night thanks to the three dogs. One of the dogs was killed, the other two later recovered from their injuries. Sgt. Duke wrote to a veterans assistance group called “Hope for the Warriors” asking for the dogs to be brought to the United States, and $21,000 was raised in less than 3 months enabling the dogs to leave Afghanistan.

Wonder if they gave the dog the head as a reward?

Soldiers from 1st Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles patrol through a village in Nahr e Saraj, Helmand on June 30, 2010.

“Friend or foe?… Answer me, Goddammit, or one of you is going to get it!”

An Afghan girl who fixes potholes in a road between Kabul and Bagram and depends on tips from passing motorists, waits for vehicles in Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 6, 2010.

Wonder if she gets paid extra for IED craters? Also, does she get to keep any stray heads?

U.S. Navy Lt. Rodolfo Madrid of Kingsville, Texas, runs out to receive a soldier who was wounded by an IED blast at the Kandahar Role 3 Hospital July 12, 2010 at Kandahar Air Field in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Those IED’s are certainly no laughing matter.

A U.S. Navy corpsman stands in a pool of blood while tending to a solider that was wounded by an IED blast at the Kandahar Role 3 Hospital July 12, 2010 at Kandahar Air Field in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The hospital, one of the most advanced in the country, recently moved into a modern, custom-built fortified building on the sprawling airbase that serves as the nerve center for the NATO military effort in southwestern Afghanistan.

The blood doesn’t flow only on one side…

An Army carry team moves a transfer case with the remains of Army Specialist Matthew R. Hennigan, of Las Vegas, Nevada, who died in Operation Enduring Freedom, during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base on July 2, 2010 in Dover, Delaware.

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. No doubt that’s true. But is this pro patria? Keyser’s not so sure.

Here dead we lie
Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land
From which we sprung.
Life, to be sure,
Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is,
And we were young.
–AE Housman

MacAidan Gallegos, 5, receives a flag from Brigadier General Sean MacFarland as Amanda Doyle, MacAidan’s mother, watches during the funeral services for Army Sgt. Justin Gallegos at Evergreen Cemetery in Tucson, Ariz. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009. The Department of Defense says Gallegos was one of eight U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 during a fight with insurgents in a remote area near the Pakistan border.

They’re going to have to do something about the parting gifts. These flags are getting boring.

One Response to “143,000 Troops in Afghanistan, and All I Got Was This?”

  1. Bunny Ole says:

    That man and his wife are at PetAirways ?? So it looks like they took the dogs back to america as a reward.

    Let me tell you something, muslims fucking HATE dogs, I mean with a passion. They want them to be guard dogs, but they don’t want to feed them right, and will not touch them.

    When I lived in Morocco I cried – I mean every dog I saw was emaciated, and every PERSON I saw threw rocks at every dog they saw. I went outside the gated house on night and saw this german shepard, he was starving to death, but he was starving more for attention & affection. I petted him, and I swear he was crying. The muslims came outside & grabbed my hands and pulled them away from the dog “NO – fore dees dog NO IS GOod. Why you touch?!!!! He no have shots, he is deur-tee.” That was 5 years ago and I still think about that poor dog. People used to go NUTS at me when I would be kind to dogs. Grown men, scared as piss of some starving little dog. pathetic. THey also treated all other animals as if they are not living. Cows kept chained at the ankle in a stall 24/7. Donkey kept chained by the ankle to a peg about 3 feet long, walking in circles every day, rained on, heat, cold. I never saw him once removed from that chain in 2 months. He was ‘insane.’ Only chickens & goats treated somewhat better because that was food.

    Take a note, almost every indigenous animal in Morocco is on the ‘extremely endangered’ list, except for a couple of monkeys & birds. They kill all animals they can’t or won’t eat.

    Any dog spending any time around an American soldier would probably shred the balls off any indigenous person of a muslim country afterwards. I mean they are treated like they are filthy demons or something, and to be loved and petted and fed and accepted. Dogs have emotions, they grieve, they mourn, love, cry, depression – and they need companionship almost more than humans.

    Of course those dogs tore that shitrag up, he probably had already kicked them many times before.

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