On Sunday, a U.S. official confirmed the latest death, saying that an international service member killed in an apparent insider attack by Afghan forces in the east of the country late Saturday was American. A civilian contractor with NATO and at least two Afghan soldiers also died in the attack, according to a coalition statement and Afghan provincial officials. The U.S. official spoke on condition of anonymity because the nationality of those killed had not been formally released. Names of the dead are usually released after their families or next-of-kin are notified, a process that can take several days. The nationality of the civilian was also not disclosed.
Laura Ingraham hosted Dan Anders, father of Specialist Mabry Anders who was killed in an inside attack in Afghanistan.
One in five casualties in Afghanistan are inside jobs.
Anders got a standard form letter from the White House about his son's death from the White House. He said the man who shot his son wasn't well vetted and that the incidents are glossed over by the administration. Mabry told his father that he wasn't sleeping well due to the way things were going in Afghanistan. Mabry was in a convoy that was hit by fire. He was told the other Afghans threw down their arms and ran away and wasn't fired on due to rules of engagement. The killer was finally taken out after permission was asked. He found out by cellphone from his ex-wife who was in the Army and he was a Marine. Mabry was his only child, born on his birthday. He had a great sense of humor, was upbeat and was training to be a helicopter pilot. He was going to go to college once he got out of the service.
Mabry said that very few of the Afghans at the base were friendly as they feared the reprisals from the Taliban. He said there have been cover-ups of these events and that the US has to apologize and make reparations when the Afghans are killed.
Gingrich said Obama has hurt Americans with high debt, high gas prices, weakened defense and foreign policy. He said Obama is vulnerable and that the GOP doesn't take him on at every turn on these issues. Gingrich cited a number of troubling data points on the economy which Obama hasn't dealt with effectively. Gingrich noted that his energy independence plan would be a good model to follow.
Gingrich recommended a contrast with economic strength, strong defense versus a weakened economy and foreign policy. Both he and Ingraham said Romney hasn't capitalized on the Benghazi attacks to hold the administration accountable.
Gingrich said the news media will promote the meme that the down ballot will be affected by Romney's issues and said the GOP party is strong and that Todd Akin is actually getting ahead in Missouri. He thinks there's a good chance of Senate pickups.
Barone and Ingraham assessed the Senate races. Barone said that Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren is a dead heat. Both said the Indian fracas with Warren hurt her. Barone said Virginia also looks like a dead heat. Ingraham said Tim Kaine's ads have been good. Barone said that George Allen lost a close race in 2008, but may have turned people off by saying he would rather be governor. Ingraham said the Washington Post hates George Allen more than any other politician. He also sees Montana as a close race between Jon Tester and Danny Rayburg, but apt to go to the Republican. Barone said that in Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin appears ahead of the Republican Tommy Thompson who has been hit for being a lobbyist. Barone suspects Murdock will win in Indiana, but makes unforced errors by larking back to primary issues. Barone thinks Democrat Claire McCaskill will beat Republican Todd Akin.
Barone said that he has surveyed past history and found that Republicans have more often lost Senate seats due to bad candidates and unforced errors. He thinks that the House is probably safe for the election.
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A 1985 video of Mitt Romney speaking about Bain's plan to buy and harvest companies, unearthed from Mother Jones that exposed the 47% video, will only serve to confirm what Bain's main purpose is - to return profits to shareholders on investments.
A wild video reportedly shows an unnamed U.S. soldier and his squad engaging in a machine gun fight with Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan — all captured by the soldiers helmet cam. The video also shows that same soldier risking his life and heroically drawing fire away from his fellow soldiers so they could get to safety. According to the description of the video, the soldier and his squad were doing "recon" and intelligence gathering outside a village in the hyper-violent Kunar Province of Afghanistan when they were pelted with heavy machine gun fire from Taliban insurgents. After seeing that his entire squad was "pinned down," the soldier exposed himself "to draw fire so my squad could get to safety." He was reportedly shot four times."I got a hit a total of 4 times. My helmet cam died and i made it down the mountain on my own. I was also hit in the side of my helmet and my eye pro was shot off of my face. We were doing overwatch on the village to recon and gather intel. I was point heading down the face of the hill with the LT. when we got hit. the rest of the squad was pinned down by machine gun fire. I didn't start the video until a few mins into the firefight for obvious reasons. I came out into the open to draw fire so my squad could get to safety." He goes on: "A round struck the tube by my hand of the 203 grenade launcher which knocked it out of my hands. When I picked the rifle back up it was still functional but the grenade launcher tube had a nice sized 7.62 cal bullet hole in it and was rendered useless. " The video description also says no bullets "penetrated his body armor, and he made it home with no permanent injuries."
The Iranian delegation, in town for the UN General Assembly with notorious President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, shopped for items unavailable in Iran due to the sanctions over Iran's nuclear program. Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad soaked in the high life at NYC's swanky Warwick Hotel.
The trip to a Harlem Costco secured an assortment of wholesale shampoos, while a drugstore visit brought more than a dozen bottles of vitamins and Tylenol.
While the Iranians scrambled for the staples of most Western bathrooms, their Holocaust-denying boss remained comfortably ensconced in midtown’s posh Warwick Hotel.”
US UN Ambassador Susan Rice chose to skip Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's United Nations address to the General Assembly to go out to lunch with other officials. This follows the election year snub by President Obama to Netanyahu who asked to meet with him in light of the turmoil in the Middle East.
On September 27, 2012, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations on Iran and Radical Islam. He laid out a clear danger of radicalized Islam and the regime of Iran to the world, raising Bernard Lewis' comment that mutually assured destruction is not a deterrent for Iran, but an inducement.