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Brave Delaware National Guardsmen heading to Afghanistan; Make no mistake----It's a dangerous mission

Most Americans - psychologically - have put Afghanistan behind them.

I fear when they hear news about the continuing U.S. mission in that sad country, they mentally tune out, or even turn off the station.

(This creates an insidious problem for journalism, by the way. The "consultants" doubtless will advise their client stations and networks to downplay the news from Afghanistan and in other lands where dedicated Americans risk their lives - and limbs - every single day. That can mean even LESS coverage, which can create a vicious circle: Out of sight, out of mind. So the chasm between U.S. military families and other Americans only widens, I fear. Thank God I don't have a consultant breathing down my back here! However, it's interesting: Our video story about the send-off of Delaware National Guard members was the top trending story Thursday afternoon upstate at www.wdel.com. Of course, a lot of the people coming to our website for the story and video were doubtless some of the families.)

The CBS News Afghanistan/Pakistan consultant, Gere VanDyk - himself, once a captive of the Taliban - reminded me Thursday how incredibly dangerous Afghanistan remains for the U.S. military, perhaps even more for those tasked with "training" the Afghans...

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Consider this story from Friday's NEW YORK TIMES----


Posted at 7:23am on January 4, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 8:04am

Open line Friday? I'd be curious to get everyone's view on the upcoming deficit talks. Our country is teetering close to the debt ceiling and a possible default on government securities. Cuts must be made in the next two months.

What would you cut, how much, and why?

Allan Loudell
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 8:43am
Remember, teatime, if I have a particular issue I think warrants full attention on a Friday, I'll post it FIRST; then, I'll put up an "Open Friday / Weekend Forum" column. Never fear!

Allan Loudell

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 10:27am
I encourage all to keep our brave men and women from Delaware serving overseas, as well as all of our forces, in your prayers for their safe return.

I believe our mission there was completed when we got Bin Laden. Our people should be coming home, not going over there. This nation-building stuff and 'trying to make democracies in lands that see the world very differently than us' is a waste of money (we can't afford), and tragic waste of the Lives of those who've died over there trying to bring those folks a democracy they don't want.

Just as we have the right to live and run our nation as we choose; so should those folks have that same right without the US trying to mold them into our image. No wonder we're not well-liked around the world.

Sat, Jan 5, 2013 1:21pm
When I first heard the story, I said... please, please, don't let it be to train policemen.... It is to train policeman.... then I said, please, please, don't let it be in Kandahar. It's in Kandahar... At this point, we can only trust the Almighty to keep our division off of the international news wires... Without his interference, it does not bode well.

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