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Two nights ago, President Obama said this in his Oval Office speech:

Now, as we approach our 10th year of combat in Afghanistan, there are those who are understandably asking tough questions about our mission there. (emphasis added)

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And recently, Sen. Dick Durbin had this to say about Afghanistan:

Durbin, who voted against the Iraq war but for the Afghanistan war, said the consequences of combat in Afghanistan, particularly growing numbers of wounded and disabled veterans, "weigh dearly on me." He added that Americans must continue to ask not only what the US has achieved in Afghanistan but also "how will it end, when will it end, and at what cost." (emphasis added)

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Neither Obama nor Durbin described exactly who is asking questions about Afghanistan, or exactly what questions are being asked and what answers are being given.

If the mainstream media are asking tough questions to their faces and on the record of either Barack Obama or Dick Durbin (or of ANY of our elected leaders) about their war in Afghanistan, then I wish someone would give me a link, 'cause I'm coming up with nothing.

I'm no professional journalist.  I'm just the dad of a service member who has had one deployment to Iraq and one to Afghanistan.  And, I'm sick of constant, endless war based on specious reasons.  If the paid professional journalists won't ask elected officials the tough questions, it looks as if it's up to ordinary citizens to do it.

I can sure think of some questions to ask my government.  I'd like to ask Sen. Durbin some questions about Afghanistan in person. Since the MSM isn't doing it, then I'll step up to the mound, and I'd appreciate it if Sen. Durbin would step up to the plate.

I diaried about four of these topics recently.  Best I can tell, what the U.S. government is doing in Afghanistan is an enormous, very bizarre and deadly experiment which history has warned is the same as lethal quicksand.  And, as the world's greatest exporter of constant, endless war, the U.S. Military Industrial Congressional Complex is raking in enormous profits.

I don't seek confrontation.  I'd like dialogue, and back where I grew up, dialogue means conversation on a two way street.  Dialogue does NOT mean evasion, and if evasion occurs, I'll bring discussion back to the can count on that.  Big shot journalists can give out free passes for evasive responses, but I sure won't.

Of course, what I seek is exactly what politicans fear, in my own experience in this world.  Politicans are frightened of questions which cut through the huff-and-puff.  They dread being asked questions which pierce their inability to account for themselves and their actions, or which hold them to account.

Isn't it odd, when you think about it?  We're spending hundreds of billions of borrowed dollars and the lives of our soldiers, yet our elected leaders don't want to talk about what is in their heads about the whole thing? and don't want to face some simple yet serious questions?


So, here's my next topic for Sen. Durbin about Afghanistan:

If the growing number of wounded and disabled veterans is weighing on him, then what effective actions is he taking to stop creating wounded and disabled veterans?  What effective actions is he taking, as a leader in a constitutional branch of goverernment, to end these foreign deployments?  Is he doing nothing? or something?  If it's something, what is it?

Shoveling more and more money to fund this apparent governmental-corporate addiction to war is not getting our troops home, is it?  It's just creating more WIAs and KIAs, and continuing the addiction.  And it's, first of all, our troops and their families who are paying the price and bearing the burden for the addiction.

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Afghanistan Deployment

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So, I agree with President Obama and Sen. Durbin. Americans should be asking tough questions. I'm ready to ask 'em. Read the other questions here. Elected officials really ought to look us military families who OPPOSE these needless deployments in the face and talk with us.

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This is another live blog from the front porch at Sen. Dick Durbin's office in Springfield, Illinois, in the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.  It's a beautiful little park full of historic Lincoln-era homes, owned by the Dept. of the Interior, and managed by the National Park Service.  Sen. Durbin has rented office space in the George Shutt House since Sen. Durbin was a member of the House of Representatives.  As is shown on the bottom of his Senate web site home page, the address is 525 S. 8th St, Springfield IL 62703. Thanks! to Sen. Durbin's Springfield office staff who have always been gracious.

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Military Families Speak Out

Originally posted to Hound Dog on Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 02:00 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    A few give much, a few give all, and most Americans give....NOTHING! ~~~ Support our troops - Bring them home

    by Hound Dog on Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 02:00:53 PM PDT

  •  I really and truly have no idea (8+ / 0-)

    what we are trying to accomplsh in Afghanistan. And I guess I come under the label of "unserious" for wanting to shore up American infrastructure, and make life better for American citizens here at home. But of course the Serious People would rather make Afghans' lives miserable "over there" so that Americans' lives can be miserable "over here".

    Wait, whaaa?

    On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. --Barack Obama

    by Jennifer Clare on Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 02:35:06 PM PDT

  •  "And, I'm sick of constant, endless war... (6+ / 0-)

    ...based on specious reasons."

    That makes two of us.

    Terrific diary. Tip'd, Rec'd, Tweet'd.

    Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 02:40:30 PM PDT

  •  They give so much... (4+ / 0-)

    ...and their families give so much as well.  

    The families have every right to ask questions; and they have every right to get answers.  Their loved ones' lives are on the line.  

  •  What's scary to me (6+ / 0-)

    is that we are in a war we seemingly cannot get out of in Afghanistan.


    Fucking historical tarpit standard for 'oh fuck, now what do we do?' nightmare for foreign occupiers Afghanistan.

    If there is any place on Earth it should be utterly batshit to think you are going to be able to get different results doing the same thing over and over and over again with military might, it's there.

    If you can get conned into committing to banging your head against the wall for decades in Afghanistan, there is no limit to where Epic Fail can take us as a species, let alone as a people.

    At this point, if somebody were to go on basic cable and argue that we should, we must, we have to, re-fight the Viet-Nam war, I'd be afraid to laugh at this point.

    Nothing is absurd in this era of Bill Kristol, Charles Krauthammer, and John Bolton still being on my tv and in my newspaper after 2002 to now.

    •  Kristol, Palin, Rove, Cheney etc are wholehearted (5+ / 0-)

      supporters of more war in Afghanistan.

      Shouldn't this set off 150 alarm bells in Democrats' heads?  to be on the same bus as neo-cons?

      A few give much, a few give all, and most Americans give....NOTHING! ~~~ Support our troops - Bring them home

      by Hound Dog on Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 02:57:58 PM PDT

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      •  And the little sir echoes who still want to Bomb (2+ / 0-)
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        Hound Dog, Im a frayed knot


        Seriously, I find these idiots are doing the work for the terrorists. OBL is/was no dumbie. Doesn't OBL have a degree in Economics?

        And seriously, Palin represents the Armageddon crowd that has an agenda as dogmatically driven as the Taliban.

        Ex.: I am remembering when Pat Robertson ran for Pres. and "they" got the home schooling plank. I have watched over time as they have taken over the text book industry through the TX school board.

        "...fighting the wildfires of my life with squirt guns."

        by deMemedeMedia on Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 04:12:35 PM PDT

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        •  OBL's own words........ (2+ / 0-)
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          deMemedeMedia, Im a frayed knot

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          All that we have to do is to send two Mujahedin to the farthest point East to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al-Qa'ida in order to make the generals race there to cause America to suffer human economic and political losses without their achieving for it anything of note other than some benefits to their private companies. This is in addition to our having experience in using guerrilla warfare and the war of attrition to fight tyrannical superpowers as we alongside the Mujahedin bled Russia for 10 years until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat. All Praise is due to Allah.

          So we are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy.

          Why do the congress and president want to fall for OBL's trap?

          Who's making the big bucks here?

          A few give much, a few give all, and most Americans give....NOTHING! ~~~ Support our troops - Bring them home

          by Hound Dog on Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 04:23:25 PM PDT

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  •  I'm with you, hounddog... (3+ / 0-)
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    Garrett, Hound Dog, Im a frayed knot

    I'm hoping that my kid is not going to be called back to active duty again. But then he's got 22 years until he is legally beyond a recall.

    This just keeps going and the same people carry the burden. Most people don't even pay attention even though they can no longer afford to go to the Mall.

    "...fighting the wildfires of my life with squirt guns."

    by deMemedeMedia on Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 04:21:50 PM PDT

  •  My two cents worth (1+ / 0-)
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    Hound Dog

    and I fear that is all that it's worth.
    First ... after 9-11, we should have bombed the heck out of Afghanistan for harboring Al Qaida.  And left.  We should have told them, "if one of your "guests" hits us again, we will hit you again."  And been gone.
    Second ... we should have never gone in to Iraq.  Enough said and I doubt I will get a lot of debate for the obvious on that one.

    Now - get out of Afghanistan, we do not owe them a new stable government, we do not owe them prosperity.  Bring ALL our troops and munitions home.  Period.

    We talk about the death count.  Hound Dog wisely talks about what is to me a far sadder count - the count of broken people coming home.  Huge waste of resources as well as being cruel.

    My mother said that if we bring home all the troops, they would simply swell the ranks of the unemployed.  But it doesn't have to be that way.  It costs a whole lot less to deploy the troops at home doing things we need done.  We can rebuild our roads.  We can rebuild old schools.  We can watch our borders.  .  The troops are doing that over there, they can do it here.   For much less drain on our Treasury.  We can find and tend to homeless veterans.  And the result of these projects would not result in broken people.  

    I'm only hard headed when you take me for granite

    by Im a frayed knot on Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 04:27:03 PM PDT

  •  Signing off from the live portion (1+ / 0-)
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    for now, and headed back to the ranch.  Thanks for your interest, folks.

    A few give much, a few give all, and most Americans give....NOTHING! ~~~ Support our troops - Bring them home

    by Hound Dog on Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 04:57:03 PM PDT

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