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Soldiers Going Awall In Afghanistan… Again?

Afghanis killedI just can’t keep quiet about this one. Over the weekend I learned there were reports about a solder who wandered off base, to a community in Afghanistan and opened fire on innocent men, women, and children while on his rampage from house to house. As I read the story it seemed to get worse the more details that came out. Some witnesses reported that it was a group of soldiers and not just one. Initial reports also say that the alleged soldier purred chemicals over their bodies and then burned them. How sick do you need to be? Or are you that sick?

To be able to walk, or sneak yourself out of a secure military base with hot weapons and who knows what else; alone without anyone questioning his intentions is a little far fetched to me. I’ll admit I’ve never been overseas on a military base or at war, nor hold any military experience. But I can’t fly on an airplane without being frisked in the US. Why is a solder able to armor up and leave a military base alone and no one ask him of his intentions?

So there’s already been much unrest in the past few weeks from the NATO soldiers who burned some holy Quoran books, so you can only imagine how upset the Afghanistan people are now. No one really bats an eye when you say a military insurgent is killed, or armed combatants are killed in war. But the count of innocent people… that’s not just a byproduct of war. Its a shame both on the indigent people and on the foreign coalitions for accepting this level of casualties. If there were in-fact more than one soldier involved I’m sure you won’t hear about it on main stream media until the video or proof breaks from other sources.

At the end of the day I guess who ever is involved will deal with this massacre one way or another. The fate of this one “rogue” soldier should rest in the hands of the Afghanistan government. I know if something like this happened on our soil you better believe our courts would deal with it, or force whatever politics out of the way until we did.

Enforce the fragile peace…

I was listening to Michele Bachmann speak today (story covered here on cbsnews.com) and for the first time, I started to identify with what she was saying. For the first time, she was actually making a little sense. She was explaining why she feels the U.S. should maintain an indefinite presence in Iraq to “enforce the fragile peace” (whatever that means).

I can see her point. After all, we did go over there and overturn their government (although the original plan was to look for WMD’s which were never found so HEY, why not destroy their government without asking them first). Should we really leave them to fend for themselves before they’re strong enough to fight off the forces of Iran? She had me… she really did. But then she kept talking.

She started accusing President Obama (and it is “President Obama”, not “Mr. Obama”. I don’t understand why HE is the President known as “Mister” instead of “President” but I digress) of having political motives which may or may not be true. This is the time to start his campaign for re-election and getting the troops out of the Middle East has got to be worth some major points. We all know the repubs were going to play that card so we really can’t be mad at them for that.

She then goes on to say how we lost 4,400 of our soldiers’ lives along with $700 billion in U.S. tax dollars over the last eight years. She said, and I quote, “I believe that Iraq should reimburse the United States fully for the amount of money that we have spent to liberate these people. They’re not a poor country. They’re a wealthy country”.

I think to myself, “Okay… oil rich nation… they can afford it… okay, maybe I can get onboard with that IF they had asked us to intervene but they didn’t so… what the hell are you talking about?!? If I go into your house uninvited and wash your dishes and do your laundry then demand payment, isn’t that a form of extortion?”

Then she says this (and this is where my ears begin to bleed) “I think that they need to do that, because what we will be leaving behind is a nation that is very fragile and will be subject to dominance by Iran and their influence in the region. That’s not good.”

Let me break that down potato head style. She basically said THEY need to pay the U.S. back because WE’RE leaving THEM defenseless…WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?!? I don’t understand what one has to do with the other. Are you insinuating that they should pay us protection money? What the hell is wrong with you!?!

OH… then she goes into a rant about how Iraq doesn’t want us there in the first place. How the U.S. spent $800 billion in resources (her words) and they are booting out by the very people who liberated them (who, didn’t ask for help in the first place).

Which one is it lady? Are you angry because the U.S. troops leaving or angry because the Iraqis don’t want them there? You can’t appear on national TV and go off into a rant on how you’re upset that President Obama is bringing the troops home AND how Iraq has expressed to us that they don’t want us there in the first place.

If the president was bringing the troops home against Iraq’s wishes then fine, be angry. If the president was keeping us there against Iraq’s wishes then FINE, be upset! BUT, if he’s taking us out of Iraq AND Iraq doesn’t want us there… THEN WHAT THE HELL IS THE FRACKIN PROBLEM?!?

We can’t Americanize them. We can’t Americanize anyone. I don’t understand why the repubs and their tea bagger cronies continuously believe that we need to make an American clone out of every fracking country we “help”.

In my sad little opinion, it’s very simple Michele; if they don’t want us there then we NEED to get the hell out, point blank! Christmas is about to get really happy for tens of thousands of U.S. citizens with family off fighting the war. We need to focus on how to make THAT happen!

P.S. good luck getting THOSE votes, nice job there sister.

 

Our Predator and Reaper drones are sick?

11:34 am, July 11, 2000. It was a sunny afternoon, the birds were chirping and the… blah blah blah. This was the day I first had access to the internet. On that magical day, I discovered the joys of eBay, AOL and other… questionable media. I ran ramped around the interweb without a care in the world. I was going to conquer this vast new virtual land and call it my own.

4:07 pm, September 1, 2000 this virtual land that struck me as a new and adventurous place had revealed a side to itself I thought I was immune to. My precious new machine was struck with a virus. My vast 20gb hard drive was wiped clean and my heart was broken. Fast forward 11 years and 4 computers and the lessons I’ve learned have been burned into my soul.

While trolling for interesting news that will piss me off enough to write about, I found this little gem. As it turns out, a computer virus has hit our U.S. Predator and Reaper drone fleet… maybe you didn’t feel me on that one. I think it merits repeating. Super sophisticated military equipment built specifically to rain hell on enemy territory from above with absolutely zero U.S. casualties has seemed to have caught a bit of a cold.

Picture courtesy of www.dailymail.co.uk

Can someone please tell me how the most technologically advanced military in the world can allow a virus to infiltrate the most expensive remote control airplanes ever produced? Apparently, this virus records every keystroke made by the pilots as the drones fly over Afghanistan and other war-zones… um… WTF!?! That’s not all, every time they attempt to remove the virus from the system, it manages to come back. HOLY HELL, WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON HERE!?!?

What can this information be used for… hmm… let me see. Maybe they can use the information to monitor where the hell they are going and um… I don’t know EVACUATE or worse USE THEM AS TARGET PRACTICE? How effective is a covert mission if WE TELL THEM WHERE WERE GOING?

Oh and that’s not all, as it turns out (according to this story I read on CNN) many of these drones don’t encrypt the video that’s being transmitted back to the military bases allowing the enemy to intercept the info and download it to their own systems using a $30 app acquired from the internet. NOT ENCRYPTED! How many people do you know with wireless internet and no security code (that was rhetorical)? Most people’s systems are better protected than these million dollar big boy toys. Look, I don’t mean to trivialize our great military or the expensive advanced technology they employ but come the fuck on! Haven’t they heard of McAfee?

In my sad little opinion, if I were in charge of the programmers and engineers developing these systems, I’d line them all up and smack every single one of them three’s stooges style!