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Je publie ces photos pour faire bisquer mon copain Genco
Mon ami américain Skipp vient de m'offrir à l'instant même ce sweat from Washington DC...
Alors là je m'la pète grave !


Ma souris se balade sur les 44 présidents


Et un petit stylo en prime, oui je sais les photos ne sont pas bonnes mais je m'en fiche Genco est vert !



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De Georges Washington à Barack Obama



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La voilà celle qui fait déplacer des millions de personnes
le 31 décembre à New York depuis des années.

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Partage de ma fin d'année avec vous, à New York.

Savez-vous que des millions de personnes se réunissent à Times Square pour le décompte de la nouvelle année et assister au "droping ball", c'est à dire la chute de "Eve Ball" du haut de l'horloge de Times Square à minuit.
Ils viennent du monde entier pour admirer cette boule qui est mythique et cette coutume.

J'y étais et vous verrez cette boule multicolore dans un prochain article sans faire des milliers de kilomètres au chaud car il fallait attendre sept heures sur Broadway pour la voir...oui oui les gens, des millions de gens, attendaient debout à partir de dix sept heures par moins 10° accompagné d'un vent glacial !!!
C'est pour vous dire ce que cet évènement représente.

En attendant voici New York vu par moi et vous le savez je ne vais pas vous montrer de building.

Prêts pour lèche vitrines, art et fun...let's go !


A tous d'abord...




Non je n'étais pas à Paris mais à Washington Square




Pour cette visite vous méritez de l'emprunter non ?




Nous avons hésité sur nos tenues de réveillon...



Vous voyez bien que l'homme est un loup !





Bon...les filles à nous, on se la joue Pretty Woman ?





Allez ! un peu d'art ça fait pas de mal




C'est ce qu'on appelle une Big Apple



























Pinocchio se noie au musée Guggenheïm !




J'ai trouvé que proportionnellement...enfin passons !



Sa copine

























Il suffit de passer le pont...



C'est quoi ce panneau ?


En mémoire à

John Lennon ça vous dit quelque chose ?



Au fil des rues




J'ai croisé






















Flo
 
Rockfeller Center musique et fun




Musique...chacun se met à rêver lalala



Et en pleine rue on peut même y...



ou bien à Central Park



Colombus Circle est en haut de la 5ème Avenue



Et à la fois une entrée de Central Park






















Pour voir un spectacle à prix réduit... courage...il suffit de faire la queue !
Sauf que...il faisait entre moins 6 et moins dix degrés et compter trois heures !!!



Et enfin ne jamais oublier...



Elle est là


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                                                                                        Compte à rebours 25                                                                                                    
Si peu !!!!!!!!

Et je rejoins le poète Alphone de Lamartine qui disait :

"Tout français a pour les américains le coeur de Lafayette".

Alors, ce jour j'ai sorti mon drapeau américain et l'ai accroché à ma porte en soutien à Barack Obama.

Essayons de ne pas avoir, non plus, la mémoire trop courte.





Le dernier mail reçu de mon ami Skipp à 19 Heures heure française...

The day has arrived on the east coast of America.  In a couple of hours I will fly to Chicago to be with Obama and the campaign to watch the election returns.  I will be part of the VIP group of the National Finance Committee.  We will be inside a large tent at Grant Park in Chicago near Lake Michigan. TV screens will be there.  Outside even more people will be waiting...maybe as many as 1 million!  I am scheduled to do media interviews with the Japanese press and the German TV (ZDF).  What an adventure!  I'll return to Washington D.C. tomorrow after it is all over and hopefully we will have President Barack H. Obama-elect.  It has been a long journey and now...today...across all of America...the country decides.

Best,

Skipp





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Je suis en directe par mail avec mon ami Skipp (vous savez, je vous en ai parlé dans mon article "Obama et lui") de Washington DC.
Skipp me raconte tout ce qui se passe à deux jours du grand jour qui marquera, si Obama est élu, l'histoire des USA voire du monde.
C'est passionnant d'avoir quelqu'un sur place qui me tient informée du déroulement de ces derniers instants fatidiques.
J'ai l'impression d'y être.
Depuis des mois sur ma voiture j'ai le sticker d'Obama collé à l'arrière et j'en suis fière car en France je n'en ai pas vu un seul.
Je suis "so exciting" !!! lui aussi d'ailleurs, car c'est l'effervescence la plus totale, rien n'est laissé au hasard.
I cross fingers !!!!!!!

Merci à toi Skipp d'être mon reporter le plus fidèle et le plus vrai.

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Celui de gauche vous connaissez, mais celui de droite ?

C'est mon ami et voisin Skipp dont je vous ai déjà parlé dans mon article "Un héros".

Je me permets de vous en livrer davantage car il m'y autorise.

Il y a quatre ans il me parla de Barack Obama, inconnu du monde entier à l'époque et me dit ceci: "C'est le futur président des Etats-Unis, crois moi il le sera".

Amoureuse des Etats Unis je me passionnais immédiatement pour cette histoire et l'aventure qu'allait vivre Skipp en le soutenant toutes ces années.

Il m'informait par email régulièrement, vivant la moitié de l'année au Japon, de sa campagne de soutien.

Lors de dîners à la maison nous lancions en nous voyant le fameux: "Yes we can".

Phrase qui résonne fortement et particulièrement en moi: "Oui nous pouvons".

Et c'est ainsi qu'au fil du temps je devins le témoin du travail de mon ami, de l'ascension magnifique d'un homme et fus une fervente supportrice d'Obama avant même qu'il ne soit la révélation qui marquera je crois l'histoire des Etats Unis s'il devient Président.

Voilà le résultat que je vous livre en photo.

 

Pour ceux qui parlent anglais vous en saurez davantage sur Skipp (son surnom) en lisant ce qui suit.



Dr. Robert Orr, former President, Boeing Japan, Speaks to Community on

“Japan and the U.S. Elections, Concerns of a Key Ally”

 

On May 27, 2008, Honolulu hosted Dr. Robert  “Skipp” Orr, former President of Boeing Japan, current Chairman of the Panasonic Foundation in the U.S., and Vice Chairman of the National Association of Japan-America Societies.  The Japan-America Society of Hawaii cosponsored this event with the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the East West Center, Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, and Pacific Forum CSIS.  Over a luncheon held at the Japanese Cultural Center of Honolulu’s Manoa Grand Ballroom, Dr. Orr talked about how various components of Japanese society (political, business, military and ordinary citizens) view the upcoming elections.  Dr. Orr had just spent time in Japan visiting various cities on a U.S. Embassy sponsored program to discuss the elections.  Weaving history with personal insights gained through 23 years of experience in Japan both as an academic and in the business world, Dr. Orr first gave a fascinating review of how Japan viewed U.S. elections since they began monitoring them at the turn of the 20th Century with the campaign of Theodore Roosevelt.  Dr. Orr kept the audience spellbound with his detailed account of U.S. and Japanese figures set in historical context, showing how the Japanese perspectives of the U.S. election process greatly influenced their actions in both pre-war and post-war years, leading up to today.  He ended the talk with his own personal insights as an advisor to the current Obama campaign on how the Japanese society views U.S. candidates and what it would mean to the Japanese if a candidate were successfully elected.  The audience, including Foreign Policy Advisor for Pacific Command Ambassador Gene Christy, EWC’s Director of East-West Seminars Ambassador Ray Burghardt, and Vice Consul Kuniko Nakamura of the Japanese Consulate kept Dr. Orr engaged during a lively question and answer period.

 


C'est dans mon petit village qu'ils ont choisi de vivre lui et son épouse japonnaise six mois de l'année et notre amitié fut immédiate car il fut particulièrement étonné que dans cet endroit une personne parlait américain alors que lui ne parle absolument pas le français.

Belle histoire entre Obama, lui ...et un peu moi.

















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Après la destruction et l'anéantissement...la douleur toujours présente mais l'avenir et l'espoir aussi.
Comme pour un être humain la reconstruction est possible.
"Yes we can"
                                                                                                                                                                                                          
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Pour ceux qui parlent anglais je vous adresse ce message qui me vient  en direct des Etats Unis retraçant  le terrible combat qui a eu lieu entre les Talibans et les jeunes américains...ainsi que les témoignages des survivants
Je vous conseille, car l'article est très long , pour ceux qui souhaitent
connaître le déroulement exact d'après le témoignage d'un soldat suvivant d'aller directement au paragraphe: "9 Funerals for 9 Warriors"

In a message dated 7/31/2008 9:42:50 AM Pacific Daylight Time, ARF5THSFGA writes:

9 Funerals for 9 Warriors I'm sure you heard about 9 soldiers being killed in Afghanistan a couple of weeks ago. As AP reported it, it was a "setback", the "newly established base" there was 'abandoned' by the Americans. That, of course, was the extent of their coverage. Steve Mraz of Stars and Stripes and Jeff Emanuel tell the rest of the story. Emanuel, who went out and dug into the story sets the enemy force at 500 while AP sets it at 200. Frankly I'm much more inclined to believe
Emanuel than AP. July 13, 2008 was the date, and Jeff Emanuel, an independent combat reporter sets the scene:
Three days before the attack, 45 U.S. paratroopers from the 173d Airborne [Brigade Combat Team], accompanied by 25 Afghan soldiers, made their way to Kunar province, a remote area in the northeastern Afghanistan-Pakistan border area, and established the beginnings of a small Combat Outpost (COP). Their movement into the area was noticed, and their tiny numbers and incomplete fortifications were quickly taken advantage of. A combined force of up to 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters quickly moved into the nearby village of Wanat and prepared for their assault by evicting unallied residents and according to an anonymous senior Afghan defense ministry official, "using their houses to attack us." Tribesmen in the town stayed behind "and helped the insurgents during the fight," the provincial police chief, told The Associated Press. Dug-in mortar firing positions were created, and with that indirect fire, as well as heavy machine gun and RPG fire from fixed positions, Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters rushed the COP from three sides. As Emanuel notes, the odds were set. 500 vs. 70. Even so, Emanuel entitled his article, "An Alamo With a Different Ending." The 500 terrorists apparently didn't realize they were attacking US Army paratroopers. The unit in question was 2nd Platoon, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry
Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, led by 1LT Jonathan Brostrom. The first RPG and machine gun fire came at dawn, strategically striking the forward operating base's mortar pit. The insurgents next sighted their RPGs on the tow truck inside the combat outpost, taking it out. That was around 4:30 a.m. This was not a haphazard attack. The reportedly 500 insurgents fought from several positions. They aimed to overrun the new base. The U.S. soldiers knew it
and fought like hell. They knew their lives were on the line. The next target was the FOB's observation post, where nine
soldiers were positioned on a tiny hill about 50 to 75 meters from the base. Of those nine, five died, and at least three others -- Spc. Tyler Stafford among them -- were wounded. When the attack began, Stafford grabbed his M-240 machine gun off a north-facing sandbag wall and moved it to an east-facing sandbag wall. Moments later, RPGs struck the north-facing wall, knocking Stafford out of the fighting position and wounding another soldier. Stafford thought he was on fire so he rolled around, regaining his senses. Nearby, Cpl. Gunnar Zwilling, who later died in the fight, had a stunned look on his face. Immediately, a grenade exploded by Stafford, blowing him down to a lower terrace at the observation post and knocking his helmet off. Stafford put his helmet back on and noticed how badly he was bleeding. Cpl. Matthew Phillips was close by, so Stafford called to him for help.  Phillips was preparing to throw a grenade and shot a look at Stafford that said,
"Give me a second. I gotta go kill these guys first." This was only about 30 to 60 seconds into the attack. Kneeling behind a sandbag wall, Phillips pulled the grenade pin, but just after he threw it an RPG exploded at his position. The tail of the RPG smacked Stafford's helmet. The dust cleared. Phillips was slumped over, his chest on his knees and his hands by his side. "When I saw Phillips die, I looked down and was bleeding pretty good, that's probably the most scared I was at any point," Stafford said. "Then I kinda had to calm myself down and be like, 'All right, I gotta go try to do my job.' " The soldier from Parker, Colo., loaded his 9 mm handgun, crawled up to their fighting position, stuck the pistol over the sandbags and fired. Stafford saw Zwilling's M-4 rifle nearby so he loaded it, put it on top of the sandbag and fired. Another couple RPGs struck the sandbag wall Stafford used as cover. Shrapnel pierced his hands. Stafford low-crawled to another fighting position where Cpl. Jason Bogar, Sgt. Matthew Gobble and Sgt. Ryan Pitts were located. Stafford told Pitts that the insurgents were within grenade-tossing range. That got Pitts' attention. With blood running down his face, Pitts threw a grenade and then crawled to the position from where Stafford had just come. Pitts started chucking more grenades. The firefight intensified. Bullets cut down tree limbs that fell on the soldiers. RPGs constantly exploded. Back at Stafford's position, so many bullets were coming in that the soldiers could not poke their heads over their sandbag wall. Bogar stuck an M-249 machine gun above the wall and squeezed off rounds to keep fire on the insurgents. In about five minutes, Bogar fired about 600 rounds, causing the M-249 to seize up from heat. At another spot on the observation post, Cpl. Jonathan Ayers laid down continuous fire from an M-240 machine gun, despite drawing small-arms and RPG fire from the enemy. Ayers kept firing until he was shot and killed. Cpl. Pruitt Rainey radioed the FOB with a casualty report, calling for help. Of the nine soldiers at the observation post, Ayers and Phillips were dead, Zwilling was unaccounted for, and three were wounded. Additionally, several of the soldiers' machine guns couldn't fire because of damage. And they needed more ammo. Rainey, Bogar and another soldier jumped out of their fighting the third soldier of the group launching a shoulder-fired missile. All this happened within the first 20 minutes of the fight. Platoon leader 1st Lt. Jonathan Brostrom and Cpl. Jason Hovater arrived at the observation post to reinforce the soldiers. By that time, the insurgents had breached the perimeter of the observation post. Gunfire rang out,
and Rainey shouted, "He's right behind the sandbag." Brostrom could be heard shouting about the insurgent as well. More gunfire and grenade explosions ensued. Back in the fighting position, Gobble fired a few quick rounds. Gobble then looked to where the soldiers were fighting and told Stafford the soldiers were dead. Of the nine soldiers who died in the battle, at least seven fell in fighting at the observation post. The insurgents then started chucking rocks at Gobble and Stafford's fighting position, hoping that the soldiers might think the rocks were grenades, causing them to jump from the safety of their fighting hole. One rock hit a tree behind Stafford and landed directly between his legs. He braced himself for an explosion. He then realized it was a rock. Stafford didn't have a weapon, and Gobble was low on ammo. Gobble told Stafford they had to get back to the FOB. They didn't realize that Pitts was still alive in another fighting position at the observation post. Gobble and Stafford crawled out of their fighting hole. Gobble looked again to where the soldiers had been fighting and reconfirmed to Stafford that Brostrom, Rainey, Bogar and others were dead. Gobble and Stafford low-crawled and ran back to the FOB. Coming into the FOB, Stafford was asked by a sergeant what was going on at the observation post. Stafford told him all the soldiers there were dead. Stafford lay against a wall, and his fellow soldiers put a tourniquet on him. From the OP, Pitts got on the radio and told his comrades he was alone. Volunteers were asked for to go to the OP. SSG Jesse Queck sums up the reaction to the call: "When you ask for volunteers to run across an open field to a reinforced OP that almost everybody is injured at, and everybody volunteers, it feels good. There were a lot of guys that made me proud, putting themselves and their lives on the line so their buddies could have a chance." At least three soldiers went to the OP to rescue Pitts, but
they suffered wounds after encountering RPG and small-arms fire, but Pitts survived the battle.  At that time, air support arrived in the form of Apache helicopters, A-10s and F-16s, performing bombing and strafing runs. The whole FOB was covered in dust and smoke, looking like something out of an old Western movie. "I've never seen the enemy do anything like that," said Sgt. Jacob Walker, who was medically evacuated off the FOB in one of the first helicopters to arrive.  "It's usually three RPGs, some sporadic fire and then they're gone .... I don't where they got all those RPGs. That was crazy." Two hours after the first shots were fired, Stafford made his way -- with help to the medevac helicopter that arrived.  "It was some of the bravest stuff I've ever seen in my life, and I will never see it again because those guys," Stafford said, then paused. "Normal humans wouldn't do that. You're not supposed to do that -- getting up and firing back when everything around you is popping and whizzing and trees, branches coming down and sandbags exploding and RPGs coming in over your head ...It was a fistfight then, and those guys held ' em off." Stafford offered a guess as to why his fellow soldiers fought
so hard. "Just hardcoreness I guess," he said. "Just guys kicking ass, basically. Just making sure that we look scary enough that you don't want to come in and try to get us." Jeff Emanuel summed the fight up very well: "Perhaps the most important takeaway from that encounter, though, is the one that the mainstream media couldn't be bothered to pay attention
long enough to learn: that, not for the first time, a contingent of American soldiers that was outnumbered by up to a twenty-to-one ratio soundly and completely repulsed a complex, pre-planned assault by those dedicated enough to their cause to kill
themselves in its pursuit. That kind of heroism and against-all-odds success is and has been a hallmark of America's fighting men and women, and it is one that is worthy of all attention we can possibly give it."  Of the original 45 paratroopers, 15 were wounded and The Sky Soldiers lost 9 killed in action in the attack. They were:
1LT Jonathan Brostrom of Aiea, Hawaii (voir mon article "un Héro)
SGT Israel Garcia of Long Beach, California
SPC Matthew Phillips of Jasper, Georgia
SPC Pruitt Rainey of Haw River, North Carolina
SPC Jonathan Ayers of Snellville, Georgia
SPC Jason Bogar of Seattle, Washington
SPC Sergio Abad of Morganfield, Kentucky
SPC Jason Hovater of Clinton, Tennessee
SPC Gunnar Zwilling of Florissant, Missouri
Of the 9 that were lost, Sgt Walker says: " I just hope these guys' wives and their children understand how courageous
their husbands and dads were. They fought like warriors." They fought like warriors. Last week, there were 9 funerals in the United States. 9 warriors were laid to rest. 9 warriors who had given their all for their country. All proud members of  a brotherhood that will carry on in their name. They fought and died in what most would consider impossible circumstances, and yet they succeeded. A nameless fight in a distant war which, until you understand the facts, could be spun as a defeat. It wasn't. And it is because of the pride, courage and fighting spirit of this small unit that it was, in fact, a victory against
overwhelming odds. And there's little doubt, given that pride and given that fighting spirit, that they'll be back to reestablish the base, this time with quite a few more soldiers just like the ones who "kicked ass" the last time there.   


 9 Funerals for 9 Warriors
I'm sure you heard about 9 soldiers being killed in Afghanistan a couple of
weeks ago. As AP reported it, it was a "setback", the "newly established base" there was 'abandoned' by the Americans. That, of course, was the extent of their coverage.
Steve Mraz of Stars and Stripes and Jeff Emanuel tell the rest of the story. Emanuel, who went out and dug into the story sets the enemy force at 500 while
AP sets it at 200. Frankly I'm much more inclined to believe Emanuel than AP.
July 13, 2008 was the date, and Jeff Emanuel, an independent combat reporter
sets the scene:
Three days before the attack, 45 U.S. paratroopers from the 173d Airborne
[Brigade Combat Team], accompanied by 25 Afghan soldiers, made their way to Kunar province, a remote area in the northeastern Afghanistan-Pakistan border area, and established the beginnings of a small Combat Outpost (COP). Their movement into the area was noticed, and their tiny numbers and incomplete fortifications were quickly taken advantage of.
  A combined force of up to 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters quickly moved into the nearby village of Wanat and prepared for their assault by evicting unallied residents and according to an anonymous senior Afghan defense ministry official, "us[ing] their houses to attack us."
Tribesmen in the town stayed behind "and helped the insurgents during the
fight," the provincial police chief, told The Associated Press. Dug-in mortar
firing positions were created, and with that indirect fire, as well as heavy
machine gun and RPG fire from fixed positions, Taliban and al Qaeda fighters
rushed the COP from three sides.
As Emanuel notes, the odds were set. 500 vs. 70. Even so, Emanuel entitled his article, "An Alamo With a Different Ending." The 500 terrorists apparently
didn't realize they were attacking US Army paratroopers.
The unit in question was 2nd Platoon, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry
Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, led by 1LT Jonathan Brostrom (voir mon article " le concernant intitulé "Un Héro"
The first RPG and machine gun fire came at dawn, strategically striking the
 forward operating base's mortar pit. The insurgents next sighted their RPGs on the tow truck inside the combat outpost, taking it out. That was around 4:30
a.m.
This was not a haphazard attack. The reportedly 500 insurgents fought from
several positions. They aimed to overrun the new base. The U.S. soldiers knew it
and fought like hell. They knew their lives were on the line.
The next target was the FOB's observation post, where nine soldiers were
 positioned on a tiny hill about 50 to 75 meters from the base. Of those nine,
five died, and at least three others -- Spc. Tyler Stafford among them -- were
wounded.
When the attack began, Stafford grabbed his M-240 machine gun off a
north-facing sandbag wall and moved it to an east-facing sandbag wall. Moments later, RPGs struck the north-facing wall, knocking Stafford out of the fighting position and wounding another soldier.
Stafford thought he was on fire so he rolled around, regaining his senses.
Nearby, Cpl. Gunnar Zwilling, who later died in the fight, had a stunned look on his face.
Immediately, a grenade exploded by Stafford, blowing him down to a lower
terrace at the observation post and knocking his helmet off. Stafford put his
helmet back on and noticed how badly he was bleeding.
Cpl. Matthew Phillips was close by, so Stafford called to him for help.
Phillips was preparing to throw a grenade and shot a look at Stafford that said,
"Give me a second. I gotta go kill these guys first."
This was only about 30 to 60 seconds into the attack.
Kneeling behind a sandbag wall, Phillips pulled the grenade pin, but just
after he threw it an RPG exploded at his position. The tail of the RPG smacked
Stafford's helmet. The dust cleared. Phillips was slumped over, his chest on his knees and his hands by his side. Stafford called out to his buddy three or four times, but Phillips never answered or moved.
"When I saw Phillips die, I looked down and was bleeding pretty good, that's
probably the most scared I was at any point," Stafford said. "Then I kinda had
to calm myself down and be like, 'All right, I gotta go try to do my job.
"The soldier from Parker, Colo., loaded his 9 mm handgun, crawled up to their
fighting position, stuck the pistol over the sandbags and fired.
 Stafford saw Zwilling's M-4 rifle nearby so he loaded it, put it on top of the
 sandbag and fired. Another couple RPGs struck the sandbag wall Stafford used as cover. Shrapnel pierced his hands.
Stafford low-crawled to another fighting position where Cpl. Jason Bogar, Sgt.
Matthew Gobble and Sgt. Ryan Pitts were located. Stafford told Pitts that the
insurgents were within grenade-tossing range. That got Pitts' attention.
With blood running down his face, Pitts threw a grenade and then crawled to
the position from where Stafford had just come. Pitts started chucking more
grenades.
The firefight intensified. Bullets cut down tree limbs that fell on the
soldiers. RPGs constantly exploded.
Back at Stafford's position, so many bullets were coming in that the soldiers
could not poke their heads over their sandbag wall. Bogar stuck an M-249 machine gun above the wall and squeezed off rounds to keep fire on the insurgents. In about five minutes, Bogar fired about 600 rounds, causing the M-249 to seize up from heat.
At another spot on the observation post, Cpl. Jonathan Ayers laid down
continuous fire from an M-240 machine gun, despite drawing small-arms and RPG fire from the enemy. Ayers kept firing until he was shot and killed. Cpl. Pruitt
Rainey radioed the FOB with a casualty report, calling for help. Of the nine
soldiers at the observation post, Ayers and Phillips were dead, Zwilling was
unaccounted for, and three were wounded. Additionally, several of the soldiers'
machine guns couldn't fire because of damage. And they needed more ammo.
Rainey, Bogar and another soldier jumped out of their fighting position with
the third soldier of the group launching a shoulder-fired missile.
All this happened within the first 20 minutes of the fight.
Platoon leader 1st Lt. Jonathan Brostrom and Cpl. Jason Hovater arrived at the observation post to reinforce the soldiers. By that time, the insurgents had breached the perimeter of the observation post. Gunfire rang out, and Rainey shouted, "He's right behind the sandbag." Brostrom could be heard shouting about the insurgent as well.
More gunfire and grenade explosions ensued. Back in the fighting position,
Gobble fired a few quick rounds. Gobble then looked to where the soldiers were fighting and told Stafford the soldiers were dead. Of the nine soldiers who died in the battle, at least seven fell in fighting at the observation post.
The insurgents then started chucking rocks at Gobble and Stafford's fighting
position, hoping that the soldiers might think the rocks were grenades, causing
them to jump from the safety of their fighting hole. One rock hit a tree behind
Stafford and landed directly between his legs. He braced himself for an
explosion. He then realized it was a rock.
Stafford didn't have a weapon, and Gobble was low on ammo.
Gobble told Stafford they had to get back to the FOB. They didn't realize that
Pitts was still alive in another fighting position at the observation post.
Gobble and Stafford crawled out of their fighting hole. Gobble looked again to
where the soldiers had been fighting and reconfirmed to Stafford that Brostrom, Rainey, Bogar and others were dead.
Gobble and Stafford low-crawled and ran back to the FOB. Coming into the FOB,
Stafford was asked by a sergeant what was going on at the observation post.
Stafford told him all the soldiers there were dead. Stafford lay against a wall,
and his fellow soldiers put a tourniquet on him.
From the OP, Pitts got on the radio and told his comrades he was alone.
Volunteers were asked for to go to the OP.
SSG Jesse Queck sums up the reaction to the call: "When you ask for volunteers to run across an open field to a reinforced OP that almost everybody is injured at, and everybody volunteers, it feels good. There were a lot of guys that made me proud, putting themselves and their lives on the line so their buddies could have a chance."
At least three soldiers went to the OP to rescue Pitts, but they suffered
wounds after encountering RPG and small-arms fire, but Pitts survived the
battle.
At that time, air support arrived in the form of Apache helicopters, A-10s and F-16s, performing bombing and strafing runs.
The whole FOB was covered in dust and smoke, looking like something out of an old Western movie.
"I've never seen the enemy do anything like that," said Sgt. Jacob Walker, who
was medically evacuated off the FOB in one of the first helicopters to arrive.
"It's usually three RPGs, some sporadic fire and then they're gone .... I don't
where they got all those RPGs. That was crazy."
Two hours after the first shots were fired, Stafford made his way -- with help
 to the medevac helicopter that arrived.
"It was some of the bravest stuff I've ever seen in my life, and I will never
see it again because those guys," Stafford said, then paused. "Normal humans wouldn't do that. You're not supposed to do that -- getting up and firing back when everything around you is popping and whizzing and trees, branches coming down and sandbags exploding and RPGs coming in over your head ... It was a fistfight then, and those guys held ' em off."
Stafford offered a guess as to why his fellow soldiers fought so hard.
"Just hardcoreness I guess," he said. "Just guys kicking ass, basically. Just
making sure that we look scary enough that you don't want to come in and try to get us."
Jeff Emanuel summed the fight up very well:
"Perhaps the most important takeaway from that encounter, though, is the one
that the mainstream media couldn't be bothered to pay attention long enough to earn: that, not for the first time, a contingent of American soldiers that was
outnumbered by up to a twenty-to-one ratio soundly and completely repulsed a
complex, pre-planned assault by those dedicated enough to their cause to kill
themselves in its pursuit.
That kind of heroism and against-all-odds success is and has been a hallmark
of America's fighting men and women, and it is one that is worthy of all
attention we can possibly give it."
Of the original 45 paratroopers, 15 were wounded and The Sky Soldiers lost 9 killed in action in the attack. They were:
1LT Jonathan Brostrom of Aiea, Hawaii (voir mon article "un héro)
>   SGT Israel Garcia of Long Beach, California
>   SPC Matthew Phillips of Jasper, Georgia
>   SPC Pruitt Rainey of Haw River, North Carolina
>   SPC Jonathan Ayers of Snellville, Georgia
>   SPC Jason Bogar of Seattle, Washington
>   SPC Sergio Abad of Morganfield, Kentucky
>   SPC Jason Hovater of Clinton, Tennessee
>   SPC Gunnar Zwilling of Florissant, Missouri
>
Of the 9 that were lost, Sgt Walker says:
" I just hope these guys' wives and their children understand how courageous their husbands and dads were. They fought like warriors."
They fought like warriors.
Last week, there were 9 funerals in the United States. 9 warriors were laid to
 rest. 9 warriors who had given their all for their country. All proud members of
 a brotherhood that will carry on in their name. They fought and died in what
 most would consider impossible circumstances, and yet they succeeded. A nameless
fight in a distant war which, until you understand the facts, could be spun as a
defeat. It wasn't. And it is because of the pride, courage and fighting spirit
of this small unit that it was, in fact, a victory against overwhelming odds.
And there's little doubt, given that pride and given that fighting spirit, that
they'll be back to reestablish the base, this time with quite a few more
soldiers just like the ones who "kicked ass" the last time there.
 





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Bon passons à des choses plus "fun".
Une petite parenthèse sur mon récent voyage à New York.
Je n'ai pas aimé cette ville, je l'ai adorée.
Je pourrai vous montrer des photos de building(s)...mais c'est du déjà vu, alors je vous propose quelques photos de Big Apple quelque peu différente.

 

Bon ça commence mal, elle vous la connaissez mais ce n'est pas pour ça que nous l'avons...!

        

 

 

Originale la forme non ?

 

 

Celle-là était inévitable...à Broadway



                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Huit millions de personnes sont attendues à Times Square à Nouvel An et j'y serai ...


 

 

 

 

Central Park, la taille de Monaco...pour les joggueurs qui envisageraient le tour complet !!!

 

 

 

Lui, il est plus petit mais je n'en avais jamais vu d'aussi près



 

Ground Zero...no coment



























 

Ce que j'aime à New York c'est que je redeviens une enfant...                                                                                                











 

 

 










 

 





















Pour ceux qui ont mal aux mains !!! tout est possible en Amérique (je précise ce n'est pas moi sur la photo)



























La pub la plus longue de Broadway pour ces fameuses pastilles


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


















Elle change sans arrêt et dure quatre minutes...à l'intérieur des dizaines de colonnes de trois mètres de MMM'









































Soho...et ses artistes...les garçons du calme, ce sont des céramiques.






























































Chouette pour sa salle de bains !!!



















 














Soho c'est aussi les "Cast Iron"...façades d'immeubles...étonnant.

Comme je ne fais pas comme tout le monde j'ai pris la photo par en dessous



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 











C'est mieux comme ça ?














Grand Central : La gare en un mot, et le restau de ce cher Michael Jordan

 



























Qui a dit qu'on mangeait mal aux States ?































Bon d'accord prenez un plat pour deux vu la taille d'une portion...et pour le cholestérol pas terrible mais il y a ça aussi...































Les sea food sont fabuleux, pas chers, et oui on est près de la mer.

 

 

Là d'accord, les hot dog font le double des nôtres...mais on peut regarder seulement...

































Je vous l'accorde faut pouvoir, mais c'est China Town, c'est coloré, finalement c'est gai non ?


Et le tout en musique...dans la rue, au choix, selon votre humeur.


 



















Voilà c'était mon Amérique à moi


Encore NY ?

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