Petraeus Aide: Rumsfeld Courted Disaster in Iraq

Retired Col. Peter Mansoor, the executive officer to Gen. David Petraeus during the Iraq War surge and the author of a new book on the subject, is doing a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) today. He answered a question that I asked. Question: Your book Surge has harsh words for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, stating that he "rightly" offered his resignation after the Abu Ghraib scandal and President Bush was wrong not to accept it. You write that Rumsfeld "demanded a war plan for Iraq predicated on the ... read more

This Week's U.S. War Casualties

The deaths of seven U.S. service members in Afghanistan were announced this past week by the Department of Defense. Four Army soldiers died Sept. 16 in Zabul Province when they were shot by Afghan police after coming to their aid at a security checkpoint that was attacked by insurgents. One of the four killed was Pfc. Genaro Bedoy, 20, of Amarillo, Texas, who had a wife and seven-week-old baby girl (pictured above). Bedoy played wide receiver and defensive back for River Road High School. "Genaro was a good ... read more

This Week's U.S. War Casualties

The deaths of three U.S. servicemembers in Afghanistan were announced this past week by the Department of Defense. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jose L. Montenegro Jr., 31, of San Juan, Texas, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Thalia S. Ramirez, 28, of San Antonio died Sept. 5, when their OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter crashed in the Pul-e Alam district of Logar Province. They were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. Ramirez ... read more

This Week's U.S. War Casualties

The deaths of five U.S. servicemembers in Afghanistan were announced this past week by the Department of Defense. Army Staff Sgt. Jeremie S. Border, 28, of Mesquite, Texas, and Staff Sgt. Jonathan P. Schmidt, 28, of Petersburg, Va., died Sept. 1, in Batur Village of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with small arms fire. Border (pictured above) was an Eagle Scout who went on to become a college football player at McMurray University and a Green Beret, KHOU reports. Cheryl Hays recalled on a ... read more

This Week's U.S. War Casualties

The deaths of two U.S. servicemembers in Afghanistan and another in Kuwait were announced this past week by the Department of Defense. Army Sgt. Christopher J. Birdwell, 25, of Windsor, Colo., and Spc. Mabry J. Anders, 21, of Baker City, Ore., died Aug. 27 in Kalagush, Afghanistan, when an Afghan Army soldier shot them after a vehicle in their patrol was hit by an improvised explosive device, family members told Windsor Now. Anders (pictured above) served in Korea prior to being stationed in Afghanistan. He ... read more

This Week's U.S. War Casualties

The deaths of 13 U.S. service members in Afghanistan were announced this past week by the Department of Defense. Pfc. Patricia L. Horne, 20, of Greenwood, Miss., died Aug. 24 in Bagram. She was part of the 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky. The military has not disclosed the cause of death. Horne (pictured above) was only the 37th women in the U.S. forces to die during the 11-year war in Afghanistan. An AP photo ... read more

This Week's U.S. War Casualties

The deaths of 10 U.S. service members in Afghanistan were announced this past week by the Department of Defense. The youngest soldier killed was Marine Cpl. Richard A. Rivera Jr., 20, of Ventura, Calif. He was killed August 10 when a new Afghan policeman was handed his weapon and immediately opened fire in the Sangin district of Helmand province. Two other Marines were also killed, Staff Sgt. Scott E. Dickinson, 29, of San Diego, Calif. and Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley, 21, of Oceanside, N.Y. On Friday, ... read more