Daily Revolt

June 18, 2007

U.S. Airstrike Kills 7 Children in Afghanistan

This kind of thing will mean defeat in Afghanistan, along with Iraq. Although accidental, the killing of civilians plays into the hands of the enemy, who use it as propaganda:
"We are saddened by the innocent lives that were lost as a result of militants' cowardice," Maj. Chris Belcher, a coalition spokesman, said in a statement. "This is another example of Al Qaeda using the protective status of a mosque, as well as innocent civilians, to shield themselves."

Coalition troops had "surveillance on the compound all day and saw no indications there were children inside the building," Belcher said. He accused the militants of not letting the children leave the compound that was targeted.

Poll: Clinton establishes sizable lead over Obama:
New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has regained a double-digit lead over Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in the USA TODAY/Gallup Poll two weeks after the survey found the Democratic presidential rivals essentially tied.

Police nab 700 in global pedophile ring:
Police smashed a global Internet pedophile ring, rescuing 31 children and rounding up more than 700 suspects worldwide, authorities said Monday.

Mental Illness In The Military On The Rise:
Mental health disorders are snowballing as more and more soldiers and Marines are sent back for repeat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan[...]
Another terrible consequence of King George's adventure:
According to the Pentagon's latest mental health survey, 31 percent of Marines, 38 percent of soldiers and 49 percent of the National Guard reported psychological symptoms such as anger, depression or alcohol abuse after returning home. As the director of the survey said, combat stress is not something you just get over.

This along with not going into Iraq with enough bullets and armor to protect them:
According to the survey, there have been "dramatic decreases in the number of military health professionals" since the war started.

And perhaps the most damning finding: The Pentagon "currently lacks both funding and personnel to adequately support the psychological health of service members and their families."

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