Survivors recall collision of US, Australian ships during Vietnam War – Stripes – Independent U.S. military news from Iraq, Afghanistan and bases worldwide

On a calm, moonlit night 43 years ago in the South China Sea, Tom Anthony was a young radar man asleep in his metal bunk on the USS Frank E. Evans.

He was jarred awake after 3 a.m. by the horrendous sound of an Australian aircraft carrier crashing into the side of the destroyer.

The collision sent Anthony and shipmates scrambling through the dark as water poured into the compartment. As the ship rolled — the bow section would sink in three to five minutes — he reached a ceiling latch and looked back on a sight that would be seared into his mind forever.

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“I saw the water rising real quick and I could see the suction,” said Anthony, now 65, who lives in Mansfield. “And I saw some guys being sucked back down.”

Decades later, that memory still reddens his eyes with tears. It is the sort of haunting image that brings Anthony and other survivors of the disaster that killed 74 U.S. sailors together each year for a reunion of the USS Frank E. Evans (DD 754).

via Survivors recall collision of US, Australian ships during Vietnam War – Stripes – Independent U.S. military news from Iraq, Afghanistan and bases worldwide.

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US military deaths in Afghanistan hit 2,000 after 11 years of war – Yahoo! News

KABUL – U.S. military deaths in the Afghan war have reached 2,000, a cold reminder of the human cost of an 11-year-old conflict that now garners little public interest at home as the United States prepares to withdraw most of its combat forces by the end of 2014.

The toll has climbed steadily in recent months with a spate of attacks by Afghan army and police — supposed allies — against American and NATO troops. That has raised troubling questions about whether countries in the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan will achieve their aim of helping the government in Kabul and its forces stand on their own after most foreign troops depart in little more than two years.

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.

In addition to the 2,000 Americans killed since the Afghan war began on Oct. 7, 2001, at least 1,190 more coalition troops from other countries have also died, according to iCasualties.org, an independent organization that tracks the deaths.

According to the Afghanistan index kept by the Washington-based research centre Brookings Institution, about 40 per cent of the American deaths were caused by improvised explosive devices. The majority of those were after 2009, when President Barack Obama ordered a surge that sent in 33,000 additional troops to combat heightened Taliban activity. The surge brought the total number of American troops to 101,000, the peak for the entire war.

via US military deaths in Afghanistan hit 2,000 after 11 years of war – Yahoo! News.

Video: Preview of Univision’s “bombshell” report on Fast & Furious « Hot Air

The Obama administration clearly hoped that the Department of Justice’s Inspector General report on Operation Fast and Furious would be the last word on the scandal. which has been tied to hundreds of deaths in Mexico and the murders of two American law-enforcement officials. However, a new report from Univision to be broadcast tomorrow, previewed here by ABC News, may put the issue back on the front pages. One source called Univision’s findings the “holy grail” that Congressional investigators have been seeking:

 

Often lost amid the rancor in Washington are the stories of dozens of people killed by guns that flowed south as part of the undercover operation, and later slipped out of view from U.S. officials. Univision’s Investigative Unit (Univision Investiga) has identified massacres committed using guns from the ATF operation, including the killing of 16 young people attending a party in a residential area of Ciudad Juárez in January of 2010.

via Video: Preview of Univision’s “bombshell” report on Fast & Furious « Hot Air.

Is Obama and Clinton funding terrorism?

There have been several hint recently that Barrack Hussein Obama has changed the overall policy of the U.S as far as funding of terrorists goes.
First there was fast and furious where Obama armed the terrorists / cartels in Mexico to advance his anti gun stance in the U.S. This also led to the death of Brian Terry.
In Libya he apparently funded Al Qaeda terrorists to takeover the country and kill Momar, then he allowed the terrorists to keep the weapons he was providing them. These weapons were then used in terrorist attacks against the U.S. ambassador and intelligence staff who were working covertly to destroy the weapons. I think the closer we look we will find that Obama favors those who are against the U.S.
Finally Obama and Clinton ushered in the “Arab Spring”. This has resulted in a rise of Muslim fundamentalism spreading throughout the region and resulting in terrorist attacks angainst our embassies worldwide while at the same time appearing to abandon our closest allie Israel.
Now they want to fund Egypt after their fundimentalist President claimed he will not play by the rules of the U.S.
There are dark days coming, very dark, caused on purpose by Barrack Hussein Obama.
He represents a “Clear and present danger to our freedom here in America.

ISRAELI SCIENCE WEBSITE: OBAMA BIRTH CERTIFICATE FORGED « Pat Dollard

Excerpted from World Net Daily: Israel Science and Technology, the national database and directory of science and technology-related websites in Israel, has published an article asserting the long-form birth certificate released by the White House is a forged document.

The website was created by a former science adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel Hanukoglu, Ph.D.

Hanukoglu, an award-winning researcher, is a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Department of Molecular Biology at Ariel University Center of Samaria in Ariel, Israel.

The professor established the first version of his website during his tenure as Netanyahu’s science adviser.

via ISRAELI SCIENCE WEBSITE: OBAMA BIRTH CERTIFICATE FORGED « Pat Dollard.