A friend and new dad once told me he was fighting in Afghanistan so his son never would have to. This was in 2011. We have sixteen years to go.
Afghanistan eats bombs. It eats rockets, too, and bullets, mortars, IEDs, RPGs, souls. Its hunger is immediate and insatiable, and while thrashing for more, it uncaringly kills men, women, children, foreigner, and local. Who taught this monster to crave flesh and gunpowder? We weren't the first--a history of conquest and cruelty map across the mountains and deserts--but we feed it, and in doing so only strengthen this beast.
Foolishness breeds foolishness. And that foolishness is well on display within retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s book, The Field of Fight. In this political submission to fear, Flynn attempts to scare Americans/Westerners (it says something that he can barely differentiate between the two, but he generally lumps groups together ) into believing that ISIS/Al... Continue Reading →
Helmand has begun the long slide. One by one, the districts are going. There is little positive to take away from the recent events as southern Afghanistan begins to fall apart again. It makes me wonder at the entire effort--what was the point? There were some fundamental problems with the scheme to bring governance and... Continue Reading →
Cowardice is morally repugnant. Cowardice is a shedding of personal values for the easy, sloughing off the iron and will that makes up our core and replacing it with something vicious, bitter, and weak. Cowardice is refusal and rejection--it is shrouding oneself in the flag, empty statements, and pandering. The current rhetoric in America--the great... Continue Reading →