I try hard to not think about being there much anymore but it does come back. I wonder what's happened and what it is like. Even though I didn't know what he's doing, I know he would know and have a better handle on it than anyone writing for the Washington Post, besides I don't read anything about it because I know it's all fiction. I did ask him though and I did want to know what it was like in Indian country, places like Kajaki, Panjwei, Zharay, my personal favorite Khost.
Unfortunately his report was not good. The Taliban are gaining strength again, terrorising amid a week and disjointed government. There are other "actors" participating in religious fundamentalism looking to fill vacuums and even fighting with Taliban. In short it's a mess, getting worse and we'll probably be back again. Wonderful we sacrificed so much.
They are survivors but I'm sure they have had to take to hiding in the mountains yet again, unable to make a living, unable to have their kids and grandkids educated which they so badly desired. I know the political mess gets tricky, but people who saved US soldiers lives, helped us accomplish military and political objectives should not be living the way they did when the Spetsnaz was running wild trying to slaughter their children. Tehy have been at war for generations and believed this time we would be there to help them see it through, so they could finally come out he other side and know peace, a peaceful existence for their children and children's children.
Can't get this out of my mind today. A loud argument in aisle 9 of Home Depot seems so trivial.