Trumpco Headfakes Border, As Mom w/7 Kids Widowed After Utah Mayor/NG Officer Fragged in Afghanistan
17 years, Still Not An Election Issue for the duopoly: Utah Mayor, Father of 7, and National Guard Officer on his third tour killed in Afghanistan, the third one this year killed by Afghan friendlies.
Utah mayor killed in "insider attack" in Afghanistan, officials say - CBS News https://t.co/KwaWUFotFh
— Michael Garofalo (@MikeGarofalo65) November 4, 2018
Taylor was deployed to Afghanistan in January with the Utah National Guard for what was expected to be a 12-month tour of duty. Taylor, an officer in the National Guard, previously served two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan.
In what appeared to be his last Facebook post, Taylor shared pictures on Oct. 28 of Afghans voting and urged fellow Americans to vote.
"As the USA gets ready to vote in our own election next week, I hope everyone back home exercises their precious right to vote," he wrote. "And that whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, that we all remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us. 'United we stand, divided we fall." God Bless America."
At the time of his deployment in January, Taylor told local media that, as an intelligence officer, he will be assigned to serve on an advisory team training the staff of an Afghan commando battalion.
"Right now there is a need for my experience and skills to serve in our nation's long-lasting war in Afghanistan," he said. "President Trump has ordered an increase in troops, and part of the new strategy focuses on expanding the capabilities of the Afghan commando units."
Taylor became mayor of North Ogden, a city of about 17,000 people 46 miles north of Salt Lake City, in 2013.
More than 2,400 Americans have been killed in the 17-year-old war. Earlier this year, Army Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Bolyard was shot dead in an insider attack, killed by one of the Afghan security members he came to Afghanistan to train.
That followed another insider attack that claimed the life of 20-year-old Army Cpl. Joseph Maciel
Was it a fragging or insider attack? The term insider attack didn't quite sit with me. FWIW I found this from some years back: Fragging In Afghanistan? By Stephen Lendman
Whatever you want to call it for me it really sucks that we are still in Afghanistan after all these years.
And can you imagine trying to raise 7 children now that we have a pretty good idea climate change is bringing more catastrophes and dislocations? I can't.
One might hope that serious debate about at least US soldier deaths in Afghanistan would be covered in the media. Nope. Although there are articles about Repub and Dem issue differences none that I have found are about defense spending or ending the wars.
At least one individual Democratic politician has brought it up:
Some ask me, ‘Why do you fight so hard for peace? Why don’t you focus on Hawaii issues?’ This is why. Men & women from Hawaii & across the country have been quietly and patriotically serving in Afghanistan & the Middle East for over 15 years. 1/2 https://t.co/awQeY8GG1P
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) August 14, 2018
Some candidates are proud of the status quo
Democratic Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema, a former pacifist and anti-war Green Party spokeswoman known for protesting Iraq/Afghanistan is running an ad boasting raising "billions for missile systems" & how she "fought for billions in military spending."https://t.co/F9YopyDPej
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) September 22, 2018
The Green Party, on the other hand, has consistently campaigned on ending the wars.
— Green Party of NJ (@GreenPartyofNJ) August 15, 2018
Follow the Money
“Many governments and corporations have a thriving weapons business. I feel that this is dangerous because as they seek greater profits, they are threatening not just Afghanistan, but the whole world." https://t.co/1iUtT6V7OP
— CODEPINK (@codepink) October 18, 2018
Trump, Prince of Misdirection, plans wasteful military surge on border with Mexico targeting unarmed migrants as Afghanistan implodes, homeless ranks grow and the entire USG sinks deeper into debt. @codepink @codepinknyc @wardollarshome @JohnFugelsang https://t.co/CvnWJ0gGMd
— Bob Hennelly (@stucknation) November 4, 2018