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A war without an objective, 6,000 days in

Tuesday, March 13, 2018|2 a.m.

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“The war is over.”

— Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in Afghanistan (April 2002)

“I think success is closer than before.”

— Vice President Mike Pence in Afghanistan (December 2017)

With metronomic consistency, every thousand days or so, Americans ought to offer some believed to the longest war in their nation’s history. The war in Afghanistan, which is turning into one of the longest in world history, reaches its 6,000 th day Monday, when it will have ground on for substantially more than four times longer than U.S. participation in World War II from Pearl Harbor to V-J Day (1,346 days).

America went to war in Afghanistan because that not-really-governed country was the safe haven from which al-Qaeda prepared the 9/11 attacks. It was not mission creep but objective gallop that turned the intervention into a war versus the Taliban who had provided, or a minimum of not prevented, the safe haven. So, the United States was on an objective opposed by an expected ally next door– Pakistan, which through Directorate S of its intelligence service has actually supported the Taliban.

This interesting, if dispiriting, story is told in Steve Coll’s new book “Directorate S: The CIA and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” There can not be many tricks about this topic that are not in Coll’s almost 700 pages.

He reports when Gen. Stanley McChrystal went to Afghanistan in May 2002, “A senior Army officer in Washington told him, ‘Do not construct (Bondsteels),’ referring to the NATO base in (Kosovo) that Rumsfeld saw as a sign of peacekeeping objective creep. The officer cautioned McChrystal against ‘anything here that looks long-term. … We are not remaining long.’ As McChrystal took topography, ‘I seemed like we were high-school trainees who had actually wandered into a Mafia-owned bar.'” It has been a learning experience. After blowing up tunnels, some practically as long as a football field, that were thought to be produced by and for terrorists, U.S. officials found out that they were an ancient irrigation system.

A years earlier, seven years after the war began on Oct. 7, 2001, then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates stated the United States goal was the creation of a strong central government. When he was asked if Afghanistan had ever had one, he addressed without hesitation: “No.” Which is still real.

Years have passed because the time when, years into the war, U.S. military and civilian officials heatedly debated “counterinsurgency” as contrasted with “counterterrorism,” differences that now seem less than vital. Coll says of military leaders turning in and out of Afghanistan yearly, “The commanders starting a rotation would say, ‘This is going to be challenging.’ Six months later, they ‘d say, ‘We might be turning a corner.’ At the end of their rotation, they would say, ‘We have actually accomplished irreparable momentum.’ Then the next command group being available in would pronounce, ‘This is going to be hard.'” The earnestness and valor that Americans have given Afghanistan are as heartbreaking as they are admirable.

For 73 years, U.S. troops have actually been on the Rhine, where their presence helped win the Cold War and now serves vital U.S. interests as Vladimir Putin fires up Cold War 2.0. Considerable numbers of U.S. soldiers have been in South Korea for 68 years, and couple of people are absurd adequate to question the effectiveness of this deployment, or to believe that it will or need to end soon. It is imaginable, and conceivably preferable, that U.S. forces will be in Afghanistan, lending intelligence, logistical and even lethal support to that country’s military and security forces for another 1,000, possibly 6,000, days.

It would, nevertheless, be valuable to have a description of U.S. interests and objectives beyond vice governmental boilerplate about how “We will see it through to the end.” And (to U.S. troops) how “the roadway prior to you is appealing.” And how the president has “let loose the full range of American military may.” And how “reality and truths and a relentless pursuit of victory will guide us.” And how U.S. forces have “crushed the enemy in the field” (or at least “put the Taliban on the defensive”) in “this fight for flexibility in Afghanistan,” where Bagram Airfield is “a beacon of flexibility.” If the U.S. goal is liberty there instead of security here, or if the theory is that the latter in some way depends on the previous, the administration ought to clearly state so, and safeguard those propositions, or liquidate this undertaking that has, up until now, expense about $1 trillion and 2,200 American lives.

George Will is a writer for The Washington Post.

Mandalay Bay security evaluated as 2 reach 32nd floor without permission


In the aftermath of 1 October, MGM Resorts and Mandalay Bay assured to increase security, specifically around the visitor and service elevators. The service elevator is how the 1 October shooter was able his weapons into his hotel space, according to authorities.

Two investigative journalists tested security, four months after the shooting. Independent investigative journalists Laura Loomer and Mike Turber strolled into the hotel’s service elevator undisputed. The 2 taped themselves riding the service elevator to the 32nd flooring of the hotel and back to the ground floor about four times last Thursday. They stated they made their trips around 10:00 p.m., the same time shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowds below on Oct. 1.

[RELATED: Las Vegas police release preliminary report on 1 October examination]

Cops stated this was the exact same service elevator Paddock utilized to transfer his toolbox to his hotel room. No one challenged Paddock as he rode to the 32nd flooring, and no one challenged Loomer and Turber, they stated.

“A housekeeping employee just saw us enter this elevator … Absolutely nothing. We just walked in right past security. Basically there isn’t really any. There’s an electronic camera in here too,” Loomer stated.

Loomer posted the video to her Youtube channel with a clip of a Steve Wynn interview taken after the shooting.

“No public individual has actually ever ridden a service elevator (at a Wynn residential or commercial property) unless they were accompanied by security,” Wynn stated last fall.

“It’s actually clear that Mandalay Bay and MGM Resorts have actually not taken any actions to enhance security procedures despite the reality that one of the worst mass shootings took place on their properties,” Loomer stated.

“There’s no sign on these doors that tell you this is a service elevator for housekeeping, workers … absolutely nothing,” Turber stated.

“There’s no lock on the door … It’s open,” Loomer said.

MGM Resorts saw Loomer’s video and responded.

“We are carefully evaluating the video in our continuous efforts to evaluate and fine-tune our security procedures,” a declaration from MGM Resorts read.

Turber tape-recorded another video making the exact same journey through the corridors and up the service elevator; something he said he’s done 27 times considering that the 1 October shooting.

[RELATED: Nevada judge to launch additional 1 October search warrants]

Loomer has actually ruffled some feathers at Metro and MGM with her reporting on 1 October, but she stated this isn’t about her. She said her she wished to expose a serious on-going security defect from a business that should understand better.

“When you have an attack of this quality happening, you would expect the casinos that have millions to invest to carry out more stringent security, specifically offered the fact that individuals are influenced by this attack to perform their own attacks of terrorism,” Loomer said.

[SLIDESHOW: Portraits of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting]

Loomer and Turber said they’ll share their videos with lawyers for the 1 October victims and their families.

[RELATED: Household of Las Vegas 1 October victim finally getting assistance]

A guard was published near the service elevator Monday night.

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Display Theater closes, leaving Strip without a movie theater

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018|1:30 p.m.

. The only movie theater on the Las Vegas Strip has closed after more than Twenty Years, a manager said today.

The eight-screen Regal United Artists Display Theater at the Display Mall, on the north side of the MGM Grand, opened in 1997.

“Absolutely nothing has actually been put in its location,” Showcase Mall Manager Jason Crawford stated. He referred other concerns to Regal Cinemas, which did not right away respond to an ask for comment.

Online evaluations of the shuttered theater were mixed, with guests utilizing words like “old,” “dated” and “vintage” to explain it. Others stated the theater was tidy and had a great image.

Unlike modern-day theaters with stadium-style seating, Display Theater featured rows of seats on the same elevation.

Theater near the Strip include areas at the Palms and Orleans, as well as at Town Square shopping mall, simply south of the Strip.

Mommy furious after child'' s hair is shaved off without her consent

(Meredith)– The mom of a 7-year-old woman stated staff members at a group house shaved off her daughter’s curly hair, declaring it would grow back straight.

“I’m very upset, and I’m not going to stop being upset since I seem like my kid was attacked,” said Denise Robinson.

Robinson said when she dropped her daughter off at the Little Heroes Group Home in Dracut, Massachusetts, the child’s hair reached well past her shoulders.

The girl, named Tru, stays at the group house specific nights of the week due to the fact that she has serious psychological issues, according to

WCVB. On Monday, employee supposedly took the lady to a hair salon to cut off her locks without Robinson’s approval.”To be truthful with you, they made a game out of it,” Robinson told WCVB.”After they cut her hair, they told her,’Oh, it will grow back directly. Do not fret.'”

The mommy said employees insisted it became part of their health program and they could do it when necessary.

“There was no hygienical factor for them to shave my kid’s head,” Robinson stated. “There were no louse, there were no bed bugs …”

In a statement to WCVB, the group house said it is examining what happened, adding that grooming decisions are based upon several factors, including hygiene.

Robinson stated she desires her daughter to participate in a different group home.

The Department of Children and Households is investigating the event.

— Info from: WCVB, http://www.wcvb.com/ via CNN Copyright 2017 Meredith Corporation

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The Big Blues Bender grows without sacrificing its comfort appeal

Someone who won’t be singing the blues at this year’s Huge Blues Bender is creator/promoter A.J. Gross. The fourth edition of the specific niche music festival– set to take over the Plaza hotel September 7-10– has actually been sold out for three weeks, which marks the occasion’s second straight sellout.

But strangely enough, Gross says he made less tickets readily available this year– capability is topped at 2,200– which is the opposite of what the majority of festival organizers would have done following an effective previous year. “We did more in 2015, but people felt it was a little overcrowded, so we held it back a little and withheld single-day tickets.”

That level of fan consideration distinguishes the Bender from other music festivals. This isn’t Coachella, and absolutely nothing about it need to feel difficult. “It’s like our tagline: Everything is an elevator ride away,” Gross includes. “That’s where we originated from: all simple, all accessible.”

Bender-goers will have access to 5 stages, on which nearly 70 acts will play throughout the weekend, some more than once. Headliners include New Orleans legend Dr. John, R&B/ gospel icon Mavis Staples and blues favorites Tab Benoit and Walter Trout. Among the diverse program offerings: tribute sets to The Allman Brothers Band and The Grateful Dead, a panel commemorating women blues musicians, a movie screening and blues-themed yoga classes.

It’s a great deal of growth for a new-ish specific niche celebration, but Gross has actually had plenty of motivation and experience: more than 25 years promoting Vegas shows and 20 years going to the Telluride Blues & & Brews Festival. Most significantly, the concept for the Bender came as he viewed Gov’t Mule perform at an extensive resort in Jamaica. He knew he could do something similar in Las Vegas, with the exact same concentrate on convenience, however with less expense and higher convenience to music fans. “I wished to develop the kind of experience I desired somebody to produce for me,” Gross says. “I can’t do 16 hours of music. I wish to have the ability to hit my hotel space [and rest] then return down [for the shows]”

That explains the Bender’s popularity with tourists– who are coming from every state and 12 various countries and for whom the immersive occasion is a full-blown escape– and how it struggles to draw Nevadans, who comprise less than 10 percent of the attendance. That stated, Las Vegans will be represented onstage, including The Moanin Blacksnakes, Vegas Strip Kings, The Trevor Johnson Project and, playing the Grateful Dead tribute, Catfish John– which would be an excellent candidate for the brand-new music weekender Gross will go for the Plaza April 12-15: the Las Vegas Bender Jamboree, which will concentrate on bluegrass and jam bands.

Entirely, it’s an ambitious slate for somebody who was winding his music profession down simply 5 years earlier. Now, Gross has rekindled his enthusiasm for live music events, evidenced in the year he invests making certain the next Bender is better than the one before it. “I thought I was kinda done,” Gross states. “I thought Vegas didn’t make sense for me anymore. However I figured out the best ways to make a great brand name. And I’m trying to find the brand to grow. I want to bring more of these. I genuinely believe it’s an uplifting experience for everyone developed.”

Huge Blues Bender September 7-10, $499. The Plaza, bigbluesbender.com.

Father presumably left child in Arizona desert without shoes or water

Christopher Charles Watson (Source: MCSO) Christopher Charles Watson( Source: MCSO) Christopher Charles Watson (Source: MCSO). KINGMAN, AZ (FOX5)-. A guy from Kingman was arrested for child abuse after allegedly leaving his 10-year-old daughter in the desert on Saturday. The Mohave County Constable’s Workplace detained 28-year-old Christopher Charles Watson for child abuse per domestic violence, a felony.

Constable’s deputies reacted to a welfare check in the 3700 block of East Packard Opportunity at 9 a.m. A witness stated she saw the lady crying, strolling by herself on the asphalt with no shoes on. She stated she asked the little girl why she was crying and she told her that her daddy left her. The witness walked the little lady to her house and telephoned the sheriff’s department.

Deputies stated it was about 91 degrees outside when the girl was found.

The 10-year-old woman informed deputies her father, Watson, drove her out to the desert and forced her out of the truck. The lady stated she also struck her head when she reached for the door manage and her father sped away. The girl said she started strolling back toward the street when she spoke to the female.

Deputies said they likewise observed a bite mark on the woman. She specified her dad did that to her. The girl likewise experienced a headache and her neck hurting.

Medics took the girl to Kingman Regional Medical Center where she was dealt with and launched.

The Department of Child Safety took the girl into custody.

Deputies figured out that the girl resided in the 3500 block of East John L Avenue with her more youthful bro and Watson. The family recently relocated to the area about three weeks earlier.

After the deputies got to the home, Watson woke up from a nap and given off alcohol.

Watson said he was associated with an argument with his child when he decided to take her for a car trip which had actually soothed her down in the past. Watson supposedly dragged his child from the front traveler seat throughout his lap and out of the truck. Watson confessed to dropping his daughter off in the desert with no water or shoes. He stated he returned house and waited about 15 minutes before returning to the desert to get his daughter but he was not able to find her.

Watson was apprehended without occurrence and transported to the Mohave County Prison.

The Department of Child Safety also took his 9-year-old boy into custody.

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Eli Thompson, the '' Miracle Child ' born without a nose, passes away at age 2

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title=” (Source: Facebook/ Eli’s Story )” border =” 0″ width=” 180″/ > (Source: Facebook/ Eli’s Story). MOBILE, Ala.( Meredith/WALA)– An Alabama toddler who fought against the chances and melted hearts worldwide, died at just 2 years old, his household verified.

Eli Thompson died Sunday night, 3 months after his birthday on March 4, AL.com reports.

The young boy’s dad, Jeremy Finch, revealed his sadness over the loss of his little kid on Facebook: “We lost our little pal last night. I’ll never have the ability to understand why this occurred, and this will harm deeply for a very long time. But I’m so blessed to have actually had this lovely young boy in my life! He finished his race a lot earlier than we would have liked, however it was God’s time to bring him back house. I’ll permanently look forward to seeing him at the gates of Paradise waiting on me to give me another among his popular fist bumps! I love you little guy. Rest in peace with my Father.”

Eli was born at South Baldwin Hospital in Foley, then immediately transferred to USA Kid’s and Women’s Healthcare facility in Mobile. He received a tracheotomy at 5 days old.

Thompson was born with an abnormality, genetic arhinia, an extremely unusual condition that affects only one in 197 million births.

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Las Vegan is 1st up mighty California rock without ropes


(Jimmy Chin/ National Geographic

via AP)This Saturday, June 3, 2017, photo provided by National Geographic reveals Alex Honnold atop El Capitan in Yosemite National forest, Calif., after he became the very first individual to climb up alone to the top of the massive granite wall without ropes or security gear. National Geographic recorded Honnold’s historical ascent, saying the 31-year-old finished the “complimentary solo” climb Saturday in almost four hours. The event was recorded for an upcoming National Geographic feature film and magazine story.

Sunday, June 4, 2017|4:01 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO– Alex Honnold had dreamed about climbing the magnificent El Capitan in Yosemite National forest with no security gear for eight years. But whenever he searched for the huge granite wall, he discovered it too challenging.

That held true till this weekend, when the elite rock climber reached the top in about four hours utilizing just his hands and feet. The 31-year-old on Saturday became the very first to climb up the 3,000-foot (914-meter) granite wall alone without a safety harness or ropes to catch him if he fell.

“I was practically elated,” Honnold stated of reaching the top in a telephone interview Sunday with The Associated Press. “I was most likely the happiest I have actually ever been. It’s something that I thought of for so long and dreamed about and worked so tough for. I suggest, it’s quite pleasing.”

Honnold, who matured in Northern California, started getting ready for his historical climb 2 years back. He scaled the route countless times, practicing it while climbing with protective gear and remembering each hole he had to grab and the way he needed to place his body until he felt comfy adequate to try the “free solo” climb.

The most challenging part of the path has to do with 2,300 feet off the ground, where there are very small holds where just a thumb can fit.

But even more challenging was conquering the psychological difficulty, he said.

“Each year I would show up and it would seem just much too challenging,” said Honnold, who has actually been climbing for Twenty Years. “To approach the base of the climb without rope and solidity, it simply feels a little outrageous. Overcoming that side of it, was the hardest part.”

Observers said his climb has actually pushed the limits in a sport that requires a high level of athleticism, risk-taking and mental focus.

“This has actually never been done before … and it’s hard to think of any person ever coming close to what he’s done,” stated Daniel Duane, author of “El Capitan: Historical Tasks and Radical Routes.”

“He is completely alone at the top of his video game,” he included.

Honnold matured in the residential areas of Sacramento where he began practicing indoor rock climbing at age 11. He left of the University of California Berkeley to conquer Yosemite and other significant summits all over the world and now lives in Las Vegas.

He was among numerous elite rock climbers whose recommendations were come by energy food company Clif Bar in 2014 following the release of a documentary about climbers who were risking their lives by forgoing safety equipment.

Honnold, who spoke calmly as he recounted his accomplishment, rejected criticism by those who say he’s being reckless by not wearing protective gear.

“I might see how for a non-climber it might seem totally ridiculous. But I’ve dedicated 20 years to climbing and probably six or 7 to this specific job so, it’s not like I’m just some insane kid who in the spur of the moment chose to do this insane thing. It took years of effort,” he said.

The climb up 3,000-foot (914-meter) El Capitan used to take days to finish with the aid of ropes, security gear and a partner. In the past couple of years, speed climbers operating in tandem and utilizing ropes have actually set records in reaching the top of the high cliff.

In January 2015, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson ended up being the very first to “free climb” the Dawn Wall– a particularly steep path to the top of El Capitan– by grabbing simply the rock and using ropes only to catch them if they fell. They did it in 19 days.

Honnold is first to climb up the iconic rock alone without security in simple hours.

“To climb up without ropes where the tiniest slip is actually deadly in that arena needs enormous self-discipline and focus,” Duane said. “It requires this extreme cognitive effort to keep fear at bay and concentrate on the job in front of you.”

He stated Honnold has an unusual capability to manage worry and his body for an extended period of time.

“He’s revealed awesome grace under pressure,” stated Hans Florine, a fellow climber who with Honnold holds the speed record for climbing up the Nose path of El Capitan in about 2 hours and 23 minutes.

The historical ascent will be included in a National Geographic documentary.

Associated Press writer Daisy Nguyen in San Francisco added to this story.