Honoring fallen heroes
A somber President Obama returns to the White House Tuesday after attending a solemn ceremony at Dover Air Force Base for 30 fallen U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan.
August 9th, 2011
07:24 PM ET

Honoring fallen heroes

President Obama attended a solemn ceremony Tuesday to honor the 30 fallen U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan this week.  The observation from a White House official traveling with the president shared with the press pool:  It was very sober, somber, serious atmosphere. Very dignified. An amazing display of the honor of the sacrifice.   Read more here

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  1. Russell Brown

    the light of G-D Surrounds our troops
    the love of G-D enfolds our troops
    the power of G-D protect our troops
    the presence of G-D Watches over our troops
    where ever G-D Is our troops are
    to the troops we thank you for keeping america safe.

    August 9, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
  2. Jay in NC

    More than 1,019 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan since this guy became president. That is 64 percent of the total 1,588 deaths were on his watch. 2.5 years of a 10 year war. It is time to come home.

    August 9, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • jean2009

      @ Jay 4,209 was the U.S. war dead count for the Iraq war at the end of December 2008...so you agree that George W. Bush decided to start two wars we should not have entered.....for I agree it is time to come home.

      But unlike you I understand this will need to take place safely for the troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan... we cannot afford nor should we leave vital military equipment that can be used against us, or the populations in these two countries.

      It is far easier to enter a conflict than disengage from one...something taught during Vietnam... a history George W. Bush evidently didn't learn. Afghanistan was a war he soon tired of ...looking for Osama bin Laden who was not in Afghanistan (killed in Pakistan by our seals May 1, 2011) and then invading Iraq for non-existent WMD.

      The War on Terror has basically be a terror for the American people, the American economy coupled with an unnecessary loss of life.

      Actually the Republicans will fight on this, but I feel we could cut U.S. overseas forces and close several military bases in Europe and make a dent in our bloated wasteful military budget deficits. If you add in all the related costs the military budget makes up 80% of our budget.

      Iraq War Facts, Results & Statistics at June 30, 2011
      4,469 US Soldiers Killed, 32,130 Seriously Wounded

      By Deborah White, About.com Guide Jul 25 2011
      For your quick reading, I've listed key statistics about the Iraq War and occupation, taken primarily from data analyzed by various think tanks, including The Brookings Institution's Iraq Index, and from mainstream media sources. Data is presented as of June 30, 2011, except as indicated.

      Spent & Approved War-Spending – About $900 billion of US taxpayers' funds spent or approved for spending through November 2010.

      Lost & Unaccounted for in Iraq – $9 billion of US taxpayers' money and $549.7 milion in spare parts shipped in 2004 to US contractors. Also, per ABC News, 190,000 guns, including 110,000 AK-47 rifles. Lost and Reported Stolen – $6.6 billion of U.S. taxpayers' money earmarked for Iraq reconstruction, reported on June 14, 2011 by Special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction Stuart Bowen who called it "the largest theft of funds in national history." (Source – CBS News) Last known holder of the $6.6 billion lost: the U.S. government.

      Mismanaged & Wasted in Iraq – $10 billion, per Feb 2007 Congressional hearings

      Halliburton Overcharges Classified by the Pentagon as Unreasonable and Unsupported – $1.4 billion

      Amount paid to KBR, a former Halliburton division, to supply U.S. military in Iraq with food, fuel, housing and other items – $20 billion

      Portion of the $20 billion paid to KBR that Pentagon auditors deem "questionable or supportable" – $3.2 billion

      U.S. Annual Air-Conditioning Cost in Iraq and Afghanistan – $20.2 billion (Source – NPR, June 25, 2011)

      U.S. 2009 Monthly Spending in Iraq – $7.3 billion as of Oct 2009

      U.S. 2008 Monthly Spending in Iraq – $12 billion

      U.S. Spending per Second – $5,000 in 2008 (per Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on May 5, 2008)

      U.S. SPENDING IN IRAQ Cost of deploying one U.S. soldier for one year in Iraq – $390,000 (Congressional Research Service)

      Troops in Iraq – Total 46,000 U.S. troops. All other nations have withdrawn their troops.

      U.S. Troop Casualties – 4,469 US troops; 98% male. 91% non-officers; 82% active duty, 11% National Guard; 74% Caucasian, 9% African-American, 11% Latino. 19% killed by non-hostile causes. 54% of US casualties were under 25 years old. 72% were from the US Army

      Non-U.S. Troop Casualties – Total 316, with 179 from the UK

      US Troops Wounded – 32,130, 20% of which are serious brain or spinal injuries. (Total excludes psychological injuries.)

      US Troops with Serious Mental Health Problems – 30% of US troops develop serious mental health problems within 3 to 4 months of returning home

      US Military Helicopters Downed in Iraq – 75 total, at least 36 by enemy fire


      August 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        I wish that you would stop and think about what you blog.
        Just because I lean conservative does not equal me thinking that President Bush did everything right. I fight more against hypocrites not Democrats.

        You say "decided to start two wars we should not have entered" OK, That is true, I agree, I have always said that. Understand that your guy has agreed with Afghan war. In his Nobel Peace Prize speech he said that Afghanistan is a just war. He also increased the number of troops and during two years, spent more money and 2x as many killed. If you think it is hard for Barry to end the war there, well the same is for President Bush, he could not just pull out and stop, it took time.

        If you think it was wrong for President Bush to be in Afghanistan, because OBL was in Pakistan well the same can be said for Barry, he also sent men/women into the wrong country. Now OBL is at the bottom of the sea, yet he is still in Afghanistan. Double standard.

        To his credit Barry opposed the Iraq war, on that issue I agree with him. When he was elected I said that maybe he will now bring an end to these wars. As Commander-in-Chief he has done just the opposite. Before President Bush left office he negotiated the end of the Iraq war. Well, Barry extended the war 1 year longer, people continue to die. Because of his decisions the country is less stable. He has not been a good commander. I think you just opposed any action by President Bush, simply because it was Bush.

        Now we are in Libya. Why, are there WMD, OBL, maybe oil? Every day 100s of people die, homes destroyed, kids frightened for their lives. If this war was started by President Bush you would be all over it, what is the end date, congress did not approve, etc., etc. What truly does not make sense to me, no political drama here, but honestly, for a man that won a Nobel Peace Prize, my question is, Where is the diplomacy? When he had a chance to show the world the right way to solve a conflict, a better way than President Bush, he chose bombs over peace.

        I truly thank your for reading this far into my post, I wish that you and Liz and I could come to some agreement. Do something to help our country, stop the fighting.

        August 10, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  3. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Really Jay? I know I have agreed a few times with 'partials' of your opinions; maybe not 100% of the whole post, but the parts I agreed with, I specified. However, as long as you continue with your alloofness, nonchalatness, pettiness against me, Jean, and anyone else who posts objectively, with understanding and reasoning or in favor of what the President has done, will do, or may have to do to put the nation back on it's feet, it's going to be hard for us to agree or come to full compromise on anything.

    August 12, 2011 at 7:33 am |