So if you recall during some of my deployments, I dint share much of “what” exactly was happening, due to Op Sec and that yes, bad guys check out OMV.
There are times during my last deployment and even now the same frustration can be felt where you make so much effort to make the littlest things work with the people of Afghanistan. You bend over backwards, you give, give and give some more and they still hold their hand out expecting you do even more. The bad part is when you even go a step further, they double cross you. Nothing like going two steps forward and one step back.
This can be seen when many of our young officers and senior enlisted are meeting day in and day out with Afg “local leaders” and crawling along to help things be better. Only to have some of their own “security” shoot at Marines. They (Afg Leaders) know that those guys don’t belong, but don’t say anything until it’s too late.
It can be very freaking frustrating when this BS happens however, all of that frustration goes away when you work your ass off to make a difference for some Afg locals and then you actually see the outcomes. There are those instances when locals intimidate local villages, leave death letters then find US Marines waiting for them. Then the very next day you see the village begin to thrive and prosper because they aren’t under the enemies threat. We are making a difference. We are “giving a shit” and we pay in blood.
Although over the past we have given up more responsibility to the Afg Army, but hear me folks, when we leave Afg we should leave 100%. I can do all of the Chia tea drinking with nasty water that they use to clean their feet it (but its boiled……great), greasy nasty goat eating with the head still attached, sandstorms, even jack wagons shooting at me and trying to blow us up with IEDs but I don’t do things half assed so again when we are done, we need to be diggidity done!
I hope the 92 out of 535 Vets in Congress agree with this and can make a difference for their brothers & sisters taking the fight to the enemy. However people, you can make a difference as a citizen and even one person can make a difference and you have to at least try, even if its two steps forward and one step back. Your warriors are.
Time for a CGar!