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By Nancy Lindsay
Feb. 18, 2013 5:05 p.m.

While Republicans cry crocodile tears over Benghazi, it‘s too bad they didn’t have as much concern for the soldiers fighting in Afghanistan, which makes their outrage a little misleading.

The US troops fighting this “war on terror” are being sent into ambushes, and then left on their own to die after being surrounded by the enemy.

In 2002, soldiers were sent to the top of Takur Gar mountain in Afghanistan. They were told their was no resistance yet when they attempted to gain this vantage point the mountain top was controlled by the enemy. A horrendous fight ensued with many American soldiers dying in this ambush.

Congressional Medal of Honor winner Dakota Meyer in his book, tells of his own personal harrowing battle in Afghanistan. The troops were sent into an ambush in one of the fiercest battles in Afghanistan, and U.S.troops quickly became surrounded and trapped. Meanwhile, the ones giving the orders are the officers safely ensconced in the ‘rear’, in their air conditioned offices, they’re not even on the field, they’re miles away where a round or an RPG not only won’t whiz by their heads, they won’t even hear it.

From the “PBSNewsHour” and their interview with Jake Tapper and his book about Clinton Romesha, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. “In October of 2009, when nearly 300 Taliban fighters ripped through a lone American outpost on the eastern edges of Afghanistan, Romesha found himself and his army brothers in peril. Outnumbered and facing an enemy force surging through his camp, Romesha repeatedly put himself in the line of fire to muster his fellow soldiers and lead the charge that eventually forced the enemy back.”

Three instances of horrific battles, where two of the battles produced Medal of Honor recipients. The war strategy in Afghanistan, the officers safely away in the rear making the decisions, not the officers fighting for their lives, is an outrage. Why are the men being trapped, why are they sent into ambushes, why are they out-numbered, why doesn’t artillery arrive to help the stranded soldiers? Where are these questions about this poor leadership and the safe guarding of American lives on the battlefield? The silence is deafening.

If the saving of Americans lives is a concern, then all Americans lives count, not just the ones in the embassies. The soldiers are being set up and they are fighting with one hand tied behind their backs. Afghani civilians help ambush and kill American soldiers, without questions from the public or our politicians.

The only reason Benghazi is a concern is because the President can be hammered politically while holding up his Secretary of Defense nominee. Politicians shed manufactured crocodile tears over some American deaths, but not all. This is Outrageous!

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