Well its been almost a hundred days since I returned back to Afghanistan and I wanted to take a moment and talk about what Ive seen so far. This is in no particular order, and may be very long winded strings of thought since it is still swirling around in my head, but I thought it was important to give an update of sorts.
First off, anyone who says we're losing the war is just plain out of touch with reality. When I left in 2008, I will be very honest, I had some concerns. I can truthfully say I don't anymore. The strategy change that was executed here in Afghanistan is dead on the money. The Command listens, and adapts as needed. Our leadership is pursuing the War in the way that it needs to be.
The Afghans are in the lead and doing exceptionally well. It is their Country, and they are fighting for it and paying the price for it everyday. I've never been prouder than standing beside them in this struggle, or as you would say in Dari, "Shohna Ba Shohna", Shoulder To Shoulder.
The Coalition is strong. As I look around and see fellow service members of four US Armed Services, and 9 different Countries (and that is just in my little AO) this is a Multi-National NATO Force. All working together to assist the Afghans in making their Country more secure, stronger, and safe for their people and their children.
Our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard are taking the fight to the enemy everyday alongside their Afghan partners. There is truly no corner of this country that is safe for taliban extremism. They are also at the same time executing humanitarian assistance missions, medical support missions, and assisting places like orphanages and schools. Our young Men and Women serving are truly a National Treasure.
The American People have every reason to be proud of their young Men and Women serving here, and know that things are going in the right direction. Do we still have much to do? Yes, most deffinitely! But, we are going in the right direction, as part of a Combined Team especially with our Afghan Partners, that will leave Afghanistan a secure and stabile country.
God Bless America