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Afghanistan resolution returns

U.S. MARINE assigned to 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit escorts evacuees during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, Aug. 18. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nicholas Guevara)

A resolution “in support of Afghan refugees and the people of Afghanistan” that was controversial when first introduced last month goes before the Garden Grove City Council meeting on Tuesday.

The revised version of the resolution, backed by Councilmember Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen (District 3) on Sept. 28, says “that the City of Garden Grove supports the humanitarian efforts made by the United States government and calls on our residents, community leaders, businesses, faith-based organizations and community-based organizations to support these Afghan families in achieving their pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.”

Some wording to the original resolution was called “divisive” by Councilmember John O’Neill (District 2) and the council asked him and Nguyen to confer on a new resolution.

In other action on Tuesday, the council will consider:

  • awarding a contract to R.J. Noble for the Euclid-Westminster intersection “capacity enhancement” at an amount of $1,112,270, adding two right-turn lanes, one eastbound and one southbound;
  • authorize issuing a purchase order of $15,370 for buying various street signs;
  • a presentation on Civic Center Community Engagement.

The council will meet in person at the Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave. at 6:30 p.m. 

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  1. Afghanistan. We left a lot of the actual America helpers behind. “Translators” now need translators because they were shopkeepers, street vendors and others who dashed to the airport after State passed out blank visas. But, yes, let’s be America polite and welcome whomever.

    Bagram. The epicenter of intelligence in the region for the last 20 yrs. Communist China may take over Bagram airbase—built with our US tax cash. Bagram has more censors than the whole island of Manhattan. Afghanistan may become client state of Russia, China, Iran. Look at Bagram. Dead middle of Russia, China, Pakistan (where Osama bin Laden hid) and Iran. Bagram. Where the ISIS-K man who killed 13 of our military andx169 Afghans was released.

    ISIS-K. Oops. We, the United States then droned a US aid worker. “Zemerai worked for 15 years for Nutrition & Education International, a Padadena, California-based non-profit aimed at countering malnutrition in Afghanistan.” We also killed the children in his family. “The family said when the 37-year-old Zemerai, alone in his car, pulled up to the house, he honked his horn. His 11-year-old son ran out, and Zemerai let the boy get in and drive the car into the driveway. The other kids ran out to watch, and the missile incinerated the car, killing seven children and an adult son and nephew of Zemerai.”

    “The Afghan man who was killed in a U.S. drone strike last month was an enthusiastic and beloved longtime employee at an American humanitarian organization.” – AP

    It was not a righteous strike. It is beyond the pale appalling.

    I wish our representatives would represent more completely. Yes, welcome said refugees, but how about admonishing the Federal stupid on behalf of the at here, tax paying, serf Americans, you are selected to represent?

    Please. Thank you.

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