Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Obama Promises Billions To Fund Afghan Military Through 2017 As Veterans Get Budget Cuts

Obama criminals, Congress traitors give BILLIONS to corrupt Afghan officials for new SUV's, luxury homes, harems of prostitutes while CUTTING BENEFITS TO U.S. VETERANS NOW STARVING AND DYING ON THE STREETS OF AMERICA FOR LACK OF MEDICAL CARE  

STRATEGIC CULTURE FOUNDATION
03/24/2015

Officials have confirmed the US will continue to spend about $4 billion a year to fund Afghanistan’s military for the next two fiscal years. It is a sign of support for the government in Kabul, which Washington views as more cooperative than in the past.


BILLIONS for corrupt Afghan officials, BUDGET CUTS
for VETERANS
The pledge means continued US funding for Afghan security forces at the peak level of 352,000 troops through the end of fiscal year 2017, a financial commitment costing about $4 billion a year, news agencies quoted US officials following the day of talks with Afghan leadership at Camp David.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, in office since September last year, is currently visiting the US. He is expected to meet with President Barack Obama on Tuesday. 


In his remarks at the Pentagon on Monday, Ghani thanked the US troops for their sacrifices in his country, hoping that someday American veterans will visit Afghanistan as tourists so that Afghans “will be able to say thank you to each one of you personally, shake your hands, and invite you to our homes.”

Nearly one million U.S. troops have been deployed to Afghanistan since 9/11. Over 20,000 were wounded and 2,215 killed during almost 14 years of war following the terror attacks in New York and Washington.


ZERO for AMERICAN MILITARY VETERANS
“We do not now ask what the United States can do for us,” Ghani said at the Pentagon, invoking the famous speech by John F. Kennedy. 

“We want to say what Afghanistan will do for itself and for the world," Ghani said. "And that means we are going to put our house in order.”



Ghani did, however, ask Washington to continue funding the Afghan military and slow down the withdrawal of US troops, which the Obama administration intended to complete by 2017. 

There are currently nearly 10,000 US troops in Afghanistan, almost half of which are scheduled to withdraw by the end of the year. 


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But Ghani has pressed for US troops to stay in the country longer, citing fears of Islamic State advances and ongoing battles against the resurgent Taliban.


At the peak of US involvement in Afghanistan, there were 130,000 US and NATO troops in the country. 

Combat operations officially ended last year, leaving a shrinking US force with a mission to train Afghanistan’s 350,000 soldiers and police.


“It's clear that the 352,000 surge force that has been in place since at least 2012 is the appropriate level to maintain for now,” a senior Obama administration official told reporters on condition of anonymity. “We're going to work our way to a more sustainable structure over time.”


Karzai amassed a fortune while in office, all courtesy of U.S. taxpayers and military Veterans

Due to heavy attrition, the actual number of Afghan security forces is closer to 330,000 at the moment, the official acknowledged.

The cost of the commitment was $4.1 billion for fiscal year 2015, projected to fall to $3.8 billion for fiscal year 2016.


Traitor John Kerry enriches Afghan warlords while selling
out U.S. Veterans
The Afghan delegation spent all day Monday in meetings with senior US officials, including Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Secretary of State John Kerry. In addition to military funding, the talks touched on specific reforms Afghanistan would have to complete before receiving up to $800 million in US aid.

Washington is eager to show that the new government in Kabul is reliable and competent enough to solve its own problems, while being appreciative of US help. 


Ghani’s predecessor, Hamid Karzai, came to power following the US invasion in 2001, but his relationship with Washington soured over the years. 


"Please, no more denominations under $100.00... we have no more room to put small bills!"

Karzai had refused to sign a treaty with the US and NATO before leaving office last September. Ghani signed the pact within days of taking office.

Ghani is a graduate of the American University in Beirut and has a doctorate from New York’s Columbia University. From 1991 to 2001 he worked at the World Bank. 




He is married to a Lebanese-American he met in Beirut during his studies. Their children have American citizenship.



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Morning Muster: Veteran Standardized Claims Start Today

Let there be no mistake: this is a WAR, a war of attrition - OUR ATTRITION, and we must make the White House criminals and Congress traitors PAY for every foot, EVERY INCH LOST with THEIR JOBS and Congressional seats  

VETERANS BENEFITS GUIDE DAILY
03/24/2015

Veterans Affairs’ informal claims process, a format veterans have used for decades to easily file date place-holders for initial claims, ends today to the detriment of veterans, according to advocates, reports Stars & Stripes’ Heath Druzin


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The Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans say they are considering legal action against newly required standardized forms. Bergmann & Moore is against the change, arguing that confusion, no required response time from VA, a lack of advertising and training, and expecting legal and medical expertise from veterans in filling out the new forms will cause veterans not to submit their forms, and, therefore, VA’s claims backlog to disappear. Partners Glenn Bergmann and Joe Moore are available for comment today. kkennedy@vetlawyers.com.


Reveal’s Aaron Glantz tracks the progress—or lack of it—of the investigation since he wrote about a Tomah VA doctor’s propensity to prescribe opiates.

The Indianapolis VA worker who sent an email portraying an elf as a suicidal veteran had her license temporarily suspended Monday after the Indiana Attorney General called her behavior “disturbing,” reports the Indianapolis Star’s Tony Cook.


22 Veterans commit suicide each day
Almost one-third of new federal hires in fiscal year 2014 were veterans, reports Federal TimesAndy Medici.

A Mississippi VA center has reopened its search for a chief chaplain after officials learned its top applicant had killed his wife, reports The Clarion-Ledger’s Emily Le Coz.


Though laws were in place to ensure schools did not abuse veterans’ G.I. Bill benefits, they were not enforced, reports the Los Angeles TimesAlan Zarembo. That allowed private helicopter companies to charge as much as $250,000 in tuition per veteran.

It’s the last day for comments on a proposed rule that would allow VA to look at the last three years of a veterans’ finances to determine if he or she is eligible for a pension, reports the Desert Dispatch’s Jose Quintero.




VA is relaxing the rule that allows veterans who live more than 40 milesaway from a VA facility to get private care, changing it so it’s 40 driving miles, rather than 40 miles “as the crow flies,” reports The Associated Press Matthew Daly.


In her first speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, an Iraq war veteran, proposed legislation that would provide private mental health care for veterans if they could not get it through VA, reports USA TODAY’s Christopher Doering.

The Vietnam War Memorial Fund seeks photos to go with each name on the Wall, reports the Fayetteville Observer’s Drew Brooks.

Doctors and nurses are setting up appointments, rather than doing their medical duties, because they are under investigation for misconduct, reports The News-Journal’s William H. McMichael


Federal union officials describe the investigation as “a sham.”


Bergmann & Moore, LLC, is a national law firm dedicated to serving the needs of veterans in compensation claims before and against the Department of Veterans Affairs. The firm’s partners are former VA attorneys who are very familiar with the VA system. Bergmann & Moore handles all kinds of cases, but has a concentration in claims involving PTSD, military sexual trauma, Gulf War illness and complex medical issues, such as brain cancer or degenerative issues, veterans exposed to Agent Orange often face. For more information, to submit news or to sign up for an email version of this blog, contact Kelly Kennedy at kkennedy@vetlawyers.com.



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U.S. To Keep 9,800 Troops In Afghanistan Through End Of 2015 : White House

Obama, Congress traitors, lying, shilling MSM will be held personally responsible and accountable for each and every needless American military death  

REUTERS
03/25/2015

The United States will maintain its current 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday after President Barack Obama met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.


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murders of American military personnel 
"Based on President Ghani's request for flexibility in the U.S. drawdown timeline, the U.S. will maintain its current posture of 9,800 troops through the end of 2015," the White House said.

"The specific trajectory of the 2016 U.S. troop drawdown will be established later in 2015 to enable the U.S. troop consolidation to a Kabul-based embassy presence by the end of 2016," the statement said.

Ghani became Afghanistan's president last year and enjoys much smoother relations with Washington than his predecessor, Hamid Karzai.


Obama said last year that by the end of 2015, U.S. forces in Afghanistan would be reduced to about half of the current levels. 




But more recently, U.S. officials have said the improved relationship with Afghan leaders contributed to military officials revising their plans.


Some lawmakers had also called for a slower drawdown of troop levels. 

U.S. Representative Mac Thornberry, a Republican who leads the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, said the decision announced on Tuesday was "appropriate."

"Iraq has shown us the consequences of leaving a fragile ally too early," he said in a statement. 

"The bottom line is that our own security is at stake."



Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason, additional reporting by Emily Stephenson and Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Sandra Maler.




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German Airbus Crashes In French Alps - 150 Dead

Airbus was 24 years old, far over the safe age for service; criminal airlines now simply keep flying coffins in the air until they crash, the resulting deaths are just the cost of doing business: CNN, MSM corporate apologists falling over themselves in rush to absolve airlines from responsibility for shoddy or no maintenance, resulting disasters - public should simply stop flying until safety standards are re-mandated, passenger seats reduced, ticket costs reflect rock-bottom gas prices  

REUTERS
BY Jean-Francois Rosnoblet
03/24/2015

An Airbus operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in a remote area of the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board including 16 schoolchildren.


First pictures from the scene of the crash in
the French Alps via La Provence
Germanwings confirmed its flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf went down with 144 passengers and six crew on board.

One of the plane's black box recorders has been found and will be examined immediately, France's interior minister said. In Washington, the White House said the crash did not appear to have been caused by a terrorist attack.

The airline believed there were 67 Germans on the flight. Spain's deputy prime minister said 45 passengers had Spanish names. One Belgian was aboard.



Also among the victims were 16 children and two teachers from the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium high school in the town of Haltern am See in northwest Germany, a spokeswoman said.

Investigators described a scene of devastation where the airliner crashed. Aerial photographs showed smoldering wreckage and a piece of the fuselage with six windows.

"We saw an aircraft that had literally been ripped apart, the bodies are in a state of destruction, there is not one intact piece of wing or fuselage," Bruce Robin, prosecutor for the city of Marseille, told Reuters in Seyne-les-Alpes after flying over the crash zone in a helicopter.


Flight path of the doomed airliner

French police at the crash site said no one survived and it would take days to recover the bodies due to difficult terrain, snow and incoming storms.

Police said search teams would stay overnight at altitude.

"We are still searching. It's unlikely any bodies will be airlifted until Wednesday," regional police chief David Galtier told Reuters.


The scene at Dusseldorf airport as families arrive
In Paris, Prime Minister Manuel Valls told parliament: "A helicopter managed to land (by the crash site) and has confirmed that unfortunately there were no survivors."

It was the first crash of a large passenger jet on French soil since the Concorde disaster just outside Paris nearly 15 years ago. 


The A320 is a workhorse of worldwide aviation fleets. They are the world’s most used passenger jets and have a good though not unblemished safety record.

SHARP DESCENT

Germanwings said the plane started descending one minute after reaching its cruising height and continued losing altitude for eight minutes.

"The aircraft's contact with French radar, French air traffic controllers, ended at 10.53 am at an altitude of about 6,000 feet. The plane then crashed," Germanwings' Managing Director Thomas Winkelmann told a news conference.

Winkelmann also said that routine maintenance of the aircraft was performed by Lufthansa on Monday.

Experts said that while the Airbus had descended rapidly, its rate of descent did not suggest it had simply fallen out of the sky.

France's DGAC aviation authority said air traffic controllers initiated distress procedures after they lost contact with the Airbus, which did not issue a distress call.


ParisRescue workers and gendarme gather in Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps

"The aircraft did not itself make a distress call but it was the combination of the loss of radio contact and the aircraft's descent which led the controller to implement the distress phase," a DGAC spokesman said.

The aircraft came down in an alpine region known for skiing, hiking and rafting, but which is hard for rescue services to reach.

The search and recovery effort based itself in a gymnasium in the village of Seyne-les-Alpes, which has a small private aerodrome nearby.

Transport Minister Alain Vidalies told local media: "This is a zone covered in snow, inaccessible to vehicles but which helicopters will be able to fly over."

But as helicopters and emergency vehicles assembled, the weather was reported to be closing in.

STORMS, SNOW, CLOUDS

“There will be a lot of cloud cover this afternoon, with local storms, snow above 1,800 meters and relatively low clouds. That will not help the helicopters in their work,” an official from the local weather center told Reuters.

Lufthansa Chief Executive Carsten Spohr, who planned to go to the crash site, spoke of a "dark day for Lufthansa".




"My deepest sympathy goes to the families and friends of our passengers and crew," Lufthansa said on Twitter, citing Spohr.

The airliner crashed about 100 km (65 miles) north of the French Riviera city of Nice. French and German accident investigators were heading for the crash site in Meolans-Revel, a remote and sparsely inhabited commune, not far from the Italian border.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would travel there on Wednesday. Germanwings and the Catalan regional government were preparing to take Spanish relatives to the site.

Family members arrived at Barcelona’s El Prat airport, many crying and with arms around each others’ shoulders, accompanied by police and airport staff.

In Llinars del Valles, the Spanish village that hosted the German schoolchildren, Mayor Marti Pujol said the whole village was distraught.

"The families knew each other," he told Reuters. "The parents had been to see them off at 6 this morning."

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain called off their state visit to France in a sign of mourning for the victims. They had arrived in Paris minutes after the crash happened.

Airbus confirmed that the plane was 24 years old, having first been delivered to Germanwings parent Lufthansa in 1991. It was powered by engines made by CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric and France's Safran.

Additional reporting by Robert Hetz, John Irish, Nicolas Bertin, Gregory Blachier, Tim Hepher, Elena Gyldenkerne, Robert-Jan Bartunek, Matthias Inverardi and Sabine Siebold; writing by Giles Elgood; editing by Mark John and Peter Millership.



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