Is Anyone Holding Obama Accountable for

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Is Anyone Holding Obama Accountable for
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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 12:55pm
All the Deaths in the war? I read that the body count has tripled since Obama took over. Do any of his liberal supporters care about that?

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Registered: 02-01-2010
Wed, 02-24-2010 - 12:56pm
No, no...liberals concern for the lives of our military stop when it can't be used to bash Bush.
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Registered: 10-28-2009
Wed, 02-24-2010 - 12:59pm
Do you have a link? I couldn't find anything when I googled it. Thanks.
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Registered: 11-13-2008
Wed, 02-24-2010 - 1:12pm

Here's a good one:

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/61811

A Third of All U.S. Casualties in Eight-Year Afghan War Have Occurred Since Obama Ordered Escalation
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
By Edwin Mora

(CNSNews.com) -- More than 300 U.S. soldiers have died in the war in Afghanistan since May 15, 2009, the day when the first major wave of new troops ordered by President Barack Obama arrived in the country.

The 308 U.S. casualties in Afghanistan since then account for about a third of the total of 920 U.S. casualties in the eight-year war.

Of the 308 soldiers who have died since mid-May 2009, 287 were killed by enemy action, according to a CNSNews.com database of all casualties in the Afghanistan theatre of war.

The southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar located along the Afghan border with Pakistan have been the deadliest regions for U.S. soldiers since President Obama's escalation in U.S. forces in the region began.

Approximately 81 U.S. soldiers have died in combat in Helmand and 58 in Kandahar, for a total of 139 in those two provinces. That is about 45 percent of the U.S. casualties in Afghanistan since May 15 of last year.

On Feb. 17, 2009, President Obama ordered the deployment of 17,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. The main body of those troops arrived in Kandahar on May 15, 2009.

In December 2009, Obama stepped up his surge with 30,000 more troops, bringing the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan to more than 100,000.

Last year was the deadliest for American soldiers since the U.S.-led military effort in Afghanistan began in October 2001.

President Obama and Vice President Biden at the White House on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. (AP Photo)
CNSNews.com’s database of Afghanistan war casualties is derived primarily from official U.S. Defense Department casualty reports, but also includes information gleaned from reports in the news media.

The database includes all U.S. military personnel who died or received a fatal wound in Afghanistan or Pakistan. It does not include U.S. miltary personnel who died outside of Afghanistan while supporting military efforts against terrorism under Operation Enduring Freedom.

On Feb.13, the United States started a major operation in central Helmand, a Taliban stronghold. It is focused on the city of Marjah, which has about 80,000 inhabitants.

The operation, known as Mushtarak, which means "together" in Dari, involves 15,000 U.S.-led NATO and Afghan soldiers, with Afghan soldiers making up at least half of the offensive force.

In a Feb. 21 speech at Princeton University, Army Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander overseeing troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, predicted a “tough” casualty level resulting from the initiative.

"We've gotten the inputs right, now we are embarking on what's going to be the output," he said. "The reality is, it's going to be hard, it's going to be hard all the time. We're going to have tough losses."

So far, there have been 14 reported casualties from battles in Helmand since Operation Mushtarak started.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Gen. Petraeus indicated that the Marjah operation is the “initial salvo” of a bigger 12-to-18-month campaign.

Using the Marjah operation as an example, the general pointed out that the flow of the 30,000 troops that Obama ordered last December is beginning to produce “output.”

When announcing his troop surge last December, President Obama mentioned that troops will begin to draw down in July 2011. However, military officials have indicated that this will depend on conditions on the ground.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-13-2008
Wed, 02-24-2010 - 1:15pm
Just for clarification, I support the president's efforts in Afghanistan, but I know if Bush had initiated them all hell would have broken loose with the liberals. I wonder why they seem to be so silent now. Hasn't this been reported on Huffington Post? I thought they "supported the military" by not wanting them killed. Seems hypocritical to me.
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Registered: 10-28-2009
Wed, 02-24-2010 - 1:29pm
Never mind.


Edited 2/24/2010 1:31 pm ET by shannon.fannon
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-28-2009
Wed, 02-24-2010 - 1:30pm

Oh, never mind. I thought you were interested in a discussion, but I see now it was just another chance to slam liberals. I'll go back and take out my previous response to your link.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-13-2008
Wed, 02-24-2010 - 2:06pm
Ok. I guess that confirms my suspicions, thanks.
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Registered: 10-28-2009
Wed, 02-24-2010 - 2:09pm
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Registered: 01-12-2004
Thu, 02-25-2010 - 10:11am

You apparently were not paying attention last fall, when Obama was meeting regularly and for long intervals with his advisors to determine a way forward in Afghanistan.

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Registered: 03-02-2009
Thu, 02-25-2010 - 3:21pm
Mr. "present" sure showed us what a strong leader his is. His hand picked guy asks for 40,000 troops. He tries to vote "present" for 3 months, until someone tells him that he has to do something. So, he decides that 30,000 will be enough, 3 months later. What a joke.


Edited 2/25/2010 3:23 pm ET by anthony60

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