Morning Read: Fort Drum soldiers hit hard this week in Afghanistan

The Watertown Daily Times is reporting that a fourth soldier in a week from Fort Drum has died in Afghanistan.

Pfc. John F. Kihm, 19, Philadelphia, Pa., served with the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment [and was killed on Tuesday.] Post officials have not yet released a cause of death or said whether it was combat related.

On Saturday, meanwhile, three soldiers were killed in a single attack, according to the newspaper.

The infantry soldiers, who served with the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, were attacked in Nimroz province Saturday by insurgents using an improvised explosive device, according to a division press release.

Earlier this month, Fort Drum commander spoke with NCPR’s David Sommerstein and other North Country reporters about the situation in Afghanistan.  Hear David’s report here.

So what do you think?  Do continuing casualties in Afghanistan raise questions about our long-term role and mission there?  Is this simply the hard reality of war and a necessary sacrifice?  Your thoughts and comments welcome.

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5 Comments on “Morning Read: Fort Drum soldiers hit hard this week in Afghanistan”

  1. JDM says:

    “Is this simply the hard reality of war and a necessary sacrifice?”

    It is simply amazing the way the coverage of this war, in particular, changes when a (D) is in office vs an (R).

    The media would have been whipping up a frenzy with “Bush lied, people died”, and handing out license plates saying such. In fact, I’m guessing some participants here still have them.

    For those who can’t see past the media bias, you’ll believe what you’re told to believe.

    This is THE WAR that Obama told us we should have been fighting all along. Why is he so distant from it? Has he forgotten?

    Is the media giving him another pass?

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  2. Brian Mann says:

    JDM – Your points and questions are certainly legitimate. But politics aside, what do you think?

    Should we be fighting this war? Are these sacrifices taking us somewhere?

    –Brian, NCPR

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  3. knuckleheadedliberal says:

    Does anyone understand even in general terms the reality of American foreign policy anywhere? Can anyone tell me who we are really fighting in Afghanistan?
    Anyone who answers “the Taliban” gets a D-, and I’m not sure anyone anywhere can get better than a C+ on that question.

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  4. Fred Goss says:

    How will we know when we have “won?” When there is a semi-stable, quasi legitimate only somewhat corrupt government in Kabul that is not actively anti-American?

    About the best we can hope for and we appear to be a long way from achieving that much.

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  5. It's All Bush's Fault says:

    We should not be there. It’s long past time to pull up and get out.

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