I keep thinking about Afghanistan, and although I really want to go very badly, I keep thinking we should call it quits there. I got it, Americans don't like to lose, and pulling out now would mean a lot of people have died and been torn up for nothing, but is staying going to do anything? I understand Iraq. That country is powerful enough that it could affect the stability of the gulf region. But Afghanistan? I realize we don't want al Qaeda to have a stronghold, but the reason for being there (at least the reason in my mind), retaliatory strikes for 9/11 and to disrupt al Qaeda's ability to stage further attacks, has either been a great success, or a waste of time due to their ability to cross borders and operate anywhere. Will further operations in Afghanistan really yield anything significant, or should we redeploy our forces and focus on retraining and worldwide preemptive ops against the terror networks? As it stands right now, are we really "fighting them there, so we don't have to fight them here", or are we spinning our wheels while the hierarchy plans and equips for future strikes from other countries? Don't get me wrong, I'm all for more deployments. I make pretty good money while deployed, but I don't feel it's serving my nation. As far as a sense of duty to my country, I'm more concerned with what this next year brings within our own borders and not at all concerned with what a bunch of sheep fuckers who smell like sweaty balls are doing. Perhaps it's just me venting, and ultimately, my biggest incentive for deploying is to make sure these young men and women in uniform have real training and boots-on-ground leadership. But I just wonder if it's all really worth it.
"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
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