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Soldiers from Fort Leavenworth, Fort Riley killed


Here are recent headlines about the military in Kansas:Fort Leavenworth[(USA Today) Study: Expect Iraq insurgency to last 10 years:][1] Insurgencies, such as the one the U.S. is fighting in Iraq, last an average of more than 10 years, according to a database commissioned by the Pentagon. For the U.S., the good news is that rebels lose more often than they win. Chances for stopping an insurgency improve after 10 years. Stopping the violence in Iraq will take years, Pentagon leaders have said. However, there have been few efforts to analyze and quantify insurgencies in order to draw conclusions about Iraq and Afghanistan. ... Col. Timothy Reese, director of the Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., cautions against reading too much into it. Each conflict is unique, and the differences are as important as the similarities, Reese said. "War cannot be reduced to a formula," Reese said. "War is an art as much as it is a science."[(DoD Press Release) DoD Identifies Two Army Casualties][2]The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died May 6 at Pol-e-Charki, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from small arms fire. Their deaths are under investigation. Killed were: Col. James W. Harrison Jr., 47, of Missouri. He was assigned to the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Master Sgt. Wilberto Sabalu Jr., 36, of Chicago. He was assigned to the U.S. Military Police School, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.Fort Riley ¢ 1st Infantry Division[(TwinCities.com) Roadside bomb kills Minnesota soldier:][3] Robert "Bobby" Dixon knew he needed to protect his boy from harm. His son needed health insurance, stability. So the Minneapolis man enlisted in the Army - and was sent to Iraq. On Sunday, the Humvee in which Pfc. Dixon was riding as a gunner was hit by an improvised bomb. He died of his wounds at the age of 28, family members said Tuesday. The fate of Logan, 3, and a second child born after Dixon's divorce - Michael, now 2 - prompted Dixon to enlist in July 2005. He was assigned to the Army's 1st Squadron, Fourth Cavalry Regiment in the 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, stationed at Fort Riley, Kan. [1]: http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2007/05/gns_insurgencystudy_070509/ [2]: http://www.allamericanpatriots.com/48722760_defense_dept_dod_identifies_two_army_casualties_col_james_w_harrison_jr_47_and_master_sgt_w [3]: http://www.twincities.com/allheadlines/ci_5850250


saitaliz696 10 years, 10 months ago

This is rediculous! I concur with Windlass, and would like to add that we should pull out now before we embarrass ourselves further.

lmpaul 10 years, 10 months ago

So what's the total of US personnel killed in Iraq? How many children don't have one of their parents? Who will support them? Oh, oh, I have an idea. Let's take Bush's salary and divide it among the families who have lost a loved one. "War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing!"

Dot 10 years, 10 months ago

My son is in the military. I went to visit him at his Fort, and I met several of his friends and sargeants and others he is under. They all say the same thing. They are not allowed to fight because they will get arrested. They cannot defend themselves when they go out because they will go to jail. When they are under attack, they have to radio their commanders and ask if its all right to shoot back, meanwhile they are getting killed. Don't even dare blame President Bush for this. Put the blame where it belongs-with the damn politicians-namely the Democrats. They are the ones to blame for all the deaths over in Iraq and Afghanistan. If they would let the soldiers fight like they are suppose to fight instead of worrying about having to go to jail for defending themselves, perhaps our soldiers would get out of Iraq and Afghanistan sooner. And if the Democrats decide to keep pushing about cutting funds for them, I hope when the soldiers come back, they will remember those in Congress who supported that bill and vote them out of office.!!! Hey, Impaul, why don't we take all the Senators and Congresspeople and divide their salaries up to help support all the children who don't have parents because of their stupidity? Are you forgetting, we didn't blow up the World Trade Center. We didn't start this. All of you are a bunch of whiners!!!!!

Steve Mechels 10 years, 10 months ago

Gosh Dot, has your son or his sargeants (sic) even been to Iraq? What a bunch of BS. Before you even ask, no I haven't gone myself but know plenty who have and have never heard this bunch of malarkey before.

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