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Lost to many whose news sources in the USA consists of the major newspapers and the standard networks, for most of the last dozen+ years, the conflict in Afghanistan has not been a USA-Centric battle; it has been a NATO run operation.
When the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force has been an American 4-star, the visuals can be misleading.
For most of the last decade, American forces were dominate in only one region of Afghanistan, the east. Other NATO nations from Italy/Spain in the west, Germany in the North, and Commonwealth nations and the Dutch in the south.
More important than the actual numbers involved, it was the Rules of Engagement, caveats, and the fickle nature of national politics that drove what effects those forces had on the ground.
The good, the bad, and the ugly of modern coalition warfare was all in view for all in Afghanistan, but outside small circles, has yet to be fully discussed.
Our guest for the full hour will be Stephen Saideman.
Stephen holds the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. He has written The Ties That Divide: Ethnic Politics, Foreign Policy and International Conflict and For Kin or Country: Xenophobia, Nationalism and War (with R. William Ayres) and NATO in Afghanistan: Fighting Together, Fighting Alone (with David Auerswald), and other work on nationalism, ethnic conflict, civil war, and civil-military relations. Prof. Saideman spent 2001-02 on the U.S. Joint Staff working in the Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate as part of a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship. He writes online at OpenCanada.org, Political Violence at a Glance, Duck of Minerva and his own site (saideman.blogspot.com). He also tweets too much at @smsaideman.
Hillary.....Fired in Disgrace? Yep!!!!
Bowe......and his wonderful adventure in Afghanistan....
Christmas is over, so we have to get back to work. Learn tonight how a young "T-Boy" of Afghanistan killed 3 of our Marines in 2012. A whistleblower tried to warn the command and is now being punished. The parents are suing, not for money, but for answers.
Another missing airliner over Asia. Is this computerized hi-jacking? What is going on?
Obama forces military couple to move their wedding so he can golf. He did apologize to them. Well, that was awful nice of him.
Another un-provocted cop shooting, this time in LA. Thanks Rev. Al Charlatan! Thanks a lot for this phony race-war. You must be damn proud of yourself.
Tune in every weeknight at 8:00pm to 10:00pm to hear The Captain unlock his treasure chest of opinions and ideas, facing all matters of Constitutional Freedom.
Nicolas Martinez's Story
I was in the Active Duty Marine Corps from 2004 to 2009 and stationed in various places, but my main duty station was Jacksonville NC, on Camp Le Jeune North Carolina. I was assigned to 1st Battalion 6th Marine Regiment, a light infantry Battalion as a Communicator.
When I enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2004 as an Infantry communications Marine, I never imagined that I would find myself in combat giving my brothers-and-sisters-in-arms haircuts in the most hostile and dangerous environments in the world. But that’s where life took me.
Cutting for over 10 years at this point the barbershop, I’ve since been splitting my time between upstate NY, and New York City with clientele of veterans and civilians and events. I am also a NY state prison barber, and go to different prisons each month. This mobile ability not only exemplifies the novelty but also my mission of helping all walks of life by not being help down by brick and mortar.
“Warriors are the ones that bear the weight of the people, that translation is the same in any warrior based indigenous society. You were predestined to do this, because you were made strong enough to from birth..”
Chief Leonard “Crow-Dog” Singer
The Don Barnhart Comedy All Stars are gearing up to entertain the troops in the Middle East..
Why would anyone choose to go to Afghanistan?
Listen in and find out why these comedians head overseas to the front lines for Armed Forces Entertainment and perform stand up comedy in a war zone.
Call in and be a part of the show. Ask questions about what it's like to do USo Shows and perform comedy for the military. Give us your comments.
Barnhart's upcoming All Star Tours include comedians: Jeff Capri from Comedy Central, Slade Ham from XM/Sirius, Keith Lyle from The Hangover, Laura Hayden from Girls Night Out and former Marine Sam Fedele from Comedy Central.
Don Barnhart Entertainment is the premier booking agency for comedy shows around the world. Since 1992, award-winning comedian Don Barnhart has both performed and produced comedy shows for U.S. Military and recieved the Bob Hope Award for his dedication.
Don and his wife, Linda Vu continue to produce these shows as his way of saying, "thank you" to the US military for all their sacrifices that they make during their tour of duty.
Zakia Soleiman a recent graduate of American University of Afghanistan (AUAF); she has held a variety of senior management positions in a variety of organization both international and domestic. Her past experience has included management of various projects in capacity building of civil society organizations, education, women, youth empowerment and gender equality program among others.
A key element in the majority of the projects she worked on is to develop a systematic method to advance Afghan women’s and youth capacity and empower them to raise their voice when their rights are violated and enhance their capacity to become self-sufficient. In addition, she is founder of a National Youth Organization entitled “Afghan Youth Voices for Positive Change” that will be operating to include youth from different parts of country, from center to grass root in discussions on important issues related to Afghanistan and region.
Izzy Clark is the Fundraising and Marketing Coordinator at Women for Women International, an organisation that supports the most marginalised women in countries affected by war and conflict, helping them to rebuild their lives and play an active role in their communities.
Through a year-long training programme, women develop skills to earn and save money, improve health and wellbeing, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect with networks for support. Izzy has travelled to Afghanistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina to visit WfWI’s programmes and meet women participants and graduates, seeing the impact of the training at first hand.
This program broadcasts from the UK and is hosted by Suparna Malhotra.
Listen 24/7 to this program that aired June 18, 2015 to:
Nate Watson, Combat Wounded US Army Afghanistan Veteran and Adaptive Sport Specialist with Veteran Programs at Blaze Sports! www.blazesports.org Changing the lives of children and youth, adults and veterans with physical disabilities through sport.
More Info at: http://thankyouforyourservice.us/issue/june-2015/article/listen-to-nate-watson-wounded-vet-blaze-sports-adaptive-sports-specialialist
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