Military Resistance 8B18
[These remarkable combat photos
begin when a U.S. army armored
vehicle is hit by an IED Feb. 23, 2010.
The photos were taken minutes after the attack by AP photographer
Brennan Linsley in Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. T]
During a medevac mission in Marjah, a U.S.
Army flight medic, bottom left, with Task Force Pegasus, sets up a backboard
stretcher as he prepares to extricate a Marine from inside an armored vehicle
disabled minutes earlier by a planted improvised explosive device.
flight medic stands in a crater as he directs Marines extricating a wounded
Marine, not visible, from their armored vehicle. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
A U.S. Army flight medic, second from left,
with Task Force Pegasus, gives directions as he prepares to use a backboard to
extricate a wounded Marine from inside the armored vehicle.
flight medic Sgt. Bryan Eickelberg, center, directs Marines as they gently
extricate their wounded comrade.
medic Sgt. Bryan Eickelberg, bottom right, directs Marines as they help him
strap a wounded Marine onto a backboard.
gather around their wounded comrade after extraction.
personnel attend to wounded in the attack to a waiting helicopter.
preparing to move a wounded Marine to evacuation helicopter.
A flight medic, left, directs Marines as they
carry two wounded to a waiting helicopter.
Pegasus crews are providing daily the fast medical evacuation of those
wounded in Marjah.
carry wounded to a waiting helicopter.
Marines carry a wounded Marine to a waiting
helicopter, following an attack on their armored vehicle by a planted
improvised explosive device, in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 23,
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
Taleban Snipers Prove To Be A Formidable Threat:
“A Team, Two People, Could Conceivably
Suppress Three Companies”
“We’ve Never Experienced This Level Of
Threat, This Trained Foe”
[Thanks to Sandy Kelson, Military Resistance,
who sent this in.]
Coderre, who used to be an army sniper in Iraq and now trains the Afghan
police, explained the threat posed by effective snipers.
team, two people, could conceivably suppress three companies,” he
said. “Someone sticks their head
up and you get a round which just misses, or hits, it will paralyze a unit,
there’s probably nothing more lethal other than unmanned aerial stuff.”
February 24, 2010 Ben Anderson, Marjah, and
Tom Coghlan, Defence Correspondent, The Times [Excerpts]
The room was six feet wide and ten feet long.
A narrow gap had been smashed out of one mud wall from floor to ceiling,
letting in a shaft of light that glinted off a few empty bullet casings on the
Captain Ryan Sparks surveyed the scene. “He’s
not a real sniper, otherwise he would have never left those there,” he
said. Nonetheless, three of Captain
Sparks’s Marines have been shot, possibly from this room, by a Taleban
All three survived. Another man took a bullet above the eyes on
day three of the operation. It just
failed to penetrate the rim of the man’s Kevlar helmet.
Looking through the crack in the wall, there
was a perfect line of sight to the rooftop position where the men were hit. It has been the main compound for Bravo
Company, 1/6 Marines, since they landed here a week ago.
A Marine combat engineer who was killed on
the first day with 1/6 Marines is also believed to have been shot by a
Since the start of the Marjah operation, the
expected threat from roadside bombs has proved less lethal than expected.
But it is the Taleban’s use of snipers
— the first time Western forces have faced such skilled sharpshooters
— that is causing greater concern. The discovery of NATO issue ammunition
on the battlefield has also raised fears that the Taleban may have gained
access to weaponry now being used against the alliance.
Tim Coderre, who used to be an army sniper in
Iraq and now trains the Afghan police, explained the threat posed by effective
“A team, two people, could conceivably
suppress three companies,” he said. “Someone sticks their head up and you
get a round which just misses, or hits, it will paralyse a unit, there’s
probably nothing more lethal other than unmanned aerial stuff.”
Mr Coderre estimates that there have been at
least five Taleban snipers targeting the Marines, “coming from various
On the first day of the operation the Taleban
sniper fired three shots and hit two Marines — a level of marksmanship
that surprised the American.
“We’ve never experienced this
level of threat, this trained foe,” said Corporal Thomas Gibbonsneff, 22,
the leader of the Marine sniping team with Bravo Company.
Alarming the Americans is that
some of the casings being found are from NATO issue 5.56mm bullets.
ENOUGH OF THIS SHIT;
ALL HOME NOW
Feb 11: US Marines patrol on the outskirts of
Marjah. (AFP/File/Patrick Baz)
U.S. soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 23th Infantry Regiment,
5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, work to retrieve a Stryker armored vehicle
after it slid into a ditch on a narrow road west of Lashkar Gah in Helmand
province, southern Afghanistan, Feb. 11, 2010.
(AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
U.S. soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment,
5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division West of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province,
southern Afghanistan, Feb. 12, 2010. (AP
Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
U.S. soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment,
5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, west of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province,
southern Afghanistan, Feb. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
U.S. Marines sleep in firing positions at a forward camp
outside Marjah in Afghanistan’s Helmand province Feb. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment move as
Taliban fighters fire on them in the town of Marjah in Afghanistan’s
Helmand province on Feb. 15, 2010. (AP
A U.S. Marine from
Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines during battle in Helmand
province February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Goran
US Marines help a
comrade who fell into a poppy field irrigation canal during a patrol around
Marjah on February 24. (AFP/Patrick Baz)
DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
ALL TROOPS HOME NOW!
HOW OBAMA BRINGS THE TROOPS HOME:
BRING THEM ALL HOME NOW, ALIVE
The casket of Marine Pfc. Kyle J. Coutu from
St. Teresa of the Child Church in Pawtucket, R.I., following funeral services
Feb. 26, 2010. Coutu was killed last
week in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
(AP Photo/Stew Milne)
Coffee Strong Update:
“GI Voice Exists To Provide Essential
Services To Returning Soldiers And Veterans, Who Are Having Difficulty With An
Array Of Mental And Physical Health Problems And GI Rights Violations”
To: Military Resistance
Sent: February 23, 2010
Subject: Feb 2010 CS update
Coffee Strong is gearing up in preparation
for soldiers returning to Ft Lewis later this year. We are looking for volunteers and interns
with specific skills and interests.
Contact Andrew or Jen for more details, at 253-581-1565, and check out
the details at www.GIVoice.org.
We’re excited to announce a grant from
RESIST, which means a new website is under development for Coffee Strong! The new website will provide better
communication among our community of supporters. This month we look forward to:
Hosting guest speakers and films this Spring
Avoiding further burglaries
Yes, the third break-in took place January
23. Several locations near-by also
sustained burglaries. Negative energy
saps the indispensable enthusiasm our vets give their vital project, a safe
haven for people who are really hurting.
GI Voice exists to provide essential services
to returning soldiers and veterans, who are having difficulty with an array of
mental and physical health problems and GI Rights violations. In 2009 we provided services for 83 soldiers.
Andrew vanDenBergh, our coffeehouse
manager, reminds us that many of the GI Rights cases go on for several months.
Coffee Strong vets are making an incredible
difference; we often hear stories about how the support given to their peers
literally saves lives. A veterans’
advocacy group has been meeting at Coffee Strong, with students preparing to
pass a very difficult test that prepares them to advocate for veterans’
benefits, just as an attorney does. Many
thanks to Dennis, Lena, Mark and Perry for your efforts to provide and film the
We are concerned about the well-being of the
community and recognize many are locked out of health care, essential food,
jobs and housing. And Coffee Strong is taking action to prevent further
burglaries. We send a special thanks to
Larry who donated a Mac computer for administrative work, and to Perry, who
donated two printers to the coffeehouse.
This is a time to ask our
Community of support to help with donations!
If you have a laptop to donate that runs well, we will bolt it to the
Innovative protective devices are under
consideration, and we could use your financial help with this project..
We deeply appreciate your
support, and donations can be made to Seattle Draft and Military Counseling
Center, for a tax deduction, or to GI Voice.
Please mail to G.I. Voice, P.O.
Box 99404, Lakewood, WA 98496.
With many thanks,
The Coffeehouse Baristas
See www.GIVoice.org for a list
of volunteer and internship opportunities.
Positions are now open.
Upcoming Events at Coffee Strong
Sergeant Travis Bishop received word that he
was given a 3-month suspension, of the 12 month sentence he received last year
for refusing to deploy to Afghanistan based on his Christian religious beliefs
Sgt. Bishop’s clemency application
included a legal brief (alleging problems at trial, problems with the
processing of Bishop’s conscientious objector claim, and mistreatment at
the Fort Lewis brig), a hand-written letter from Sgt. Bishop, and 433 letters
(signed by a total of 538 people from 21 different countries) from members of
Amnesty International and Coffee Strong, calling for Sgt. Bishop to be
Sgt. Bishop’s civilian attorney, James
M. Branum, estimates that Sgt. Bishop will be released no later than March 31 based
on the amount of good behavior credit Sgt. Bishop has earned.. Check
www.GIVoice.org for the announcement of the celebration planned on the
day of his release, in collaboration with Amnesty International and Seattle
Veterans for Peace. We anticipate the
date toward the end of March.
Join Elizabeth Stinson and Tanya Brannan at
CS: March 2, 6:30 to 8:30 pm (no charge)
Two very powerful speakers will discuss
dynamics they’ve identified over the last decade working with military
sexual trauma (Stinson) and sexual assault among wives or partners of police
officers (Brannan). Both women have extraordinary backgrounds, and both have
received honors for their work in Sonoma County, CA.
Come meet Stinson, and appreciate the clarity
of her communication, very respectful yet clear approach to resolving issues
that threaten the power and rights of women and soldiers. Tanya Brannan argued
the first successful lawsuit against a police department for their failure to
provide protection for a woman against domestic violence.
Discussion re: Supreme Court decision, “Citizens
United” Friday, March 5, 7 to 9:00
pm (no charge)
The Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United
is just the latest--and most blatant--example that corporations have hijacked
our government. The ruling leaves ordinary citizens little opportunity to
participate in making the fundamental decisions that affect our lives.
Corporations are using our legal system to elect our representatives.
Rikki Ott and David Cobb (Democracy Unlimited
Humboldt County; Green Party presidential candidate) will facilitate a
community dialogue on how our community can join the movement to abolish
SAVE THE DATE:
Friday, March 19th -- 7th Anniversary of the War -- Tacoma Event
Who Pays? And Who Profits?
Friday, March 19th is the 7th anniversary of
beginning the Shocking and Awful bombing of Iraq in 2003.
Save the date to protest our current foreign
policy in Iraq, and Afghanistan/Pakistan.
4:00 pm RALLY at the Federal Courthouse in Tacoma,
followed by MARCH to I-5 overpass.
Working at 4:00 PM? Then join our
demonstration at 5:30 at the Pacific Ave/I-5 overpass (bridge).
Watch www.GIVoice.org for more details. The
Tacoma chapter of IVAW will be announcing powerful street theater events
locally. Co-sponsored by Iraq Veterans
Against the War--Tacoma Chapter and United for Peace of Pierce County. For information call 253-573-1504.
SAVE THIS DATE:
Ann Wright in Tacoma April 24, 2010!
Ret. Colonel Ann Wright will join us in
Tacoma at King’s Books from 2 to 4 pm to discuss the wars in the Middle
East. King’s Books is located at 218 St Helens Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402.
Ann will outline the relationship between the
Israeli Occupation of Gaza, and the role the US plays in each of the wars in
Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan.
An open discussion will follow, specific to
the resistance of ongoing war, and costs to communities and returning
soldiers. Ann will have thoughts about
what needs to happen, and we look forward to hearing from you. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or at
Coffee Strong’s FB!
“At a time like this,
scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Oh had I the ability, and could reach the
nation’s ear, I would, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule,
blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke.
“For it is not light that
is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder.
“We need the storm, the
whirlwind, and the earthquake.”
Frederick Douglass, 1852
“There Is An Astonishing Lack Of Anger Among
Liberals, Progressives And Radicals Who Have Abandoned Emotion To The Right”
“When The Wealthy Fuck Up, The Poor Get To
“Where And When Did We Lefties Lose This
Vital Part Of Our Social Language?”
of Speech: Norman Rockwell, 1943
I attended a meeting of my local school board where a mild,
hardly-above-a-whisper grumble from a parent prompted his expulsion enforced by
24 February 2010 By Clancy Sigal, Guardian
News and Media
“Never before in all our
history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand
today. They are unanimous in their hate for me and I welcome their hatred.” -- President Roosevelt, Madison Square
Garden, 31 October 1936
There is an astonishing lack of anger among
liberals, progressives and radicals who have abandoned emotion to the right.
Our role model continues to be not FDR, still
less Malcolm X, but our “bipartisan” and apparently tone-deaf
In this second or third year of a devastating
depression, not just recession, that has inflicted an epidemic of suffering on
the lower half of the American nation, Obama is very busy being fluent and
civil while being essentially untouched by the rage felt by so many of us.
Our world, as we have known it, is being
annihilated, and nobody in power shows signs of giving a damn.
The real anger is all on the right, kidnapped
– or authentically voiced – by the all-white Tea Partiers,
Palinites, Oath Keepers and “armed and dangerous” patriot groups,
some but not all of whom are native-fascistic but also include pissed-off
libertarians and the disappointed and dispossessed at the bottom of the pile.
Look at the mess.
Evictions – I’m a child of Great
Depression furniture-thrown-on-the-street – are skyrocketing.
Mortgage holders are in a feeding frenzy on
their hapless fellow citizens.
Michelle Obama lectures us on obesity while
one in eight Americans (and one in four children) are on federal food stamps.
The human toll of long term, more-or-less
permanent unemployment is yet to be counted as millions of Americans are pushed
out of the middle class and become the “new poor” queuing up at
food banks for the first time in their lives.
Those who do vent and get angry are put down
as crackpots, which they sometimes are.
But the so-called left seems to have joined
the mainstream (and even the radical) media in under- or mis- or
never-reporting what’s actually happening in the lives of so many of us.
Like Obama, Pelosi and the rest of the
Democratic party establishment we’ve forfeited real gut language in
favour of policy abstractions, the “issues” syndrome, that so
easily hide an open wound.
Joe Stack, who rammed his Piper
Cherokee into the IRS building in Austin, Texas, murdering an IRS worker and
injuring many, was one maladjusted injustice collector.
But his online 3000-word
suicide note, a long-repressed scream of protest, has the virtue of unminced
words we are never likely to hear from anyone in Washington or a state capitol.
“When the wealthy fuck
up, the poor get to die.”
Where and when did we lefties lose this vital
part of our social language?
Was it in pre-school where we’re urged
as toddlers to use sweet reasonableness to resolve disputes?
Or have we grown so stiffly respectable that
we’re afraid of being loud and vulgar?
Or that – horrors! – we’ll
get too closely identified with the Great Unwashed like Joe Stack, Amy Bishop
(the professor who shot her Alabama colleagues), crazy bikers, teenage gangs
and “poor white trash” who tend to express their anger mainly
against each other?
Whatever the reason, the suppression of sane,
liberal anger has been around at least half a century, certainly since the
sociologist C Wright Mills in his influential book The Power Elite deplored the
loss of capacity by the public to experience outrage as contrasted with earlier
periods in American history.
The last time I remember collective anger as
legitimate was in the now-much-derided 1960s with its protest marches and
brazen hippie-style slogans.
Ever since there’s been a gradual slide
– I would argue descent – into sterile politeness.
Recently, I attended a meeting
of my local school board where a mild, hardly-above-a-whisper grumble from a
parent prompted his expulsion enforced by armed police.
Who knows what might have
happened if any of us in the audience had stood up and actually spoken out as
in that famous Norman Rockwell painting of a town hall meeting?
Why should full-throated emotion be the
monopoly of the so-called “populists” who seem to be the only
people around unafraid to shout, yell, stomp and scream?
I grew up in a boisterous, immigrant, loud
neighborhood where everyone had an opinion and voiced it full throttle.
Somewhere along the line, maybe when I shifted from working class to middle
class, I lost my rough, grating, empowered, assertive voice – and maybe
the anger that had fuelled it. If so,
that’s a pity.
We need liberal anger now more than ever.
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caption from the I-R-A-Q (I
Remember Another Quagmire) portfolio of Mike Hastie, US Army
Medic, Vietnam 1970-71. (For more of his
outstanding work, contact at: (email@example.com) T)
From: Mike Hastie
To: Military Resistance
Sent: February 19, 2010
Subject: Laotian Whore
This is a picture of a Medevac
my military unit in An Khe,
In many ways the name painted
on the front
of the helicopter is a metaphor
for the entire
The American War.
The United States Government
to three countries in Southeast
Fast forward 40 years and it is
No such thing as the
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