Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Admiral Mullen at Fort Campbell: We're losing and casualties will increase

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has his wish with the surge in Afghanistan and traveled to Fort Campbell Monday to 'encourage' the 101st airborne before some of them die and some are maimed.

"We live in a time of change, and you are a group, by and large, headed to Afghanistan," he said.

"For those of you who have been there before, when you go back it will be different," he said. "Don't just assume because you've had a tour there, it will be the same."

"We are clearly not winning right now, which means we're losing," he said.

Not only is the U.S. losing the war, he said casualties will increase as more troops flood into the region.

"I am sure that we will sustain a level of casualties. I don't want to be in any way unclear about that," Mullen said.

Suicide, which has hit Fort Campbell harder than most installations this year, also is a "vexing issue," Mullen said.

"What is clear now is the pressure of these wars and these deployments have ratcheted up the suicide rate, and we must figure out a way to make it go down," he said.

Mullen said a lot of the responsibility to reduce the suicide rate will fall on the shoulders of young leaders, who can better identify fellow soldiers who might be experiencing depression or suicidal behavior.

"We all have an obligation to do that," Mullen said. {more}

That obligation failed again ...
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. 12/8/09 -- Police are now saying that two men found shot to death in a Clarksville apartment were a Fort Campbell soldier and his father and they are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide.

Clarksville police found the bodies Sunday inside an apartment near the gates of the post on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line. According to a police statement, there were no signs of forced entry into the home.

The Leaf Chronicle reported that police have identified the victims as 22-year-old Emanuel Joseph Bluebird and his father, 51-year-old Norman Bluebird.

Kelly Tyler, a spokeswoman for Fort Campbell, said the younger Bluebird was a soldier stationed there.

The Pentagon cult of death will require many more ritualistic sacrifices.

1 comment:

  1. Victory in Vietghanistan is just around the corner. Send more troops poor people. Rich people don't worry draft is a dirty word.