More troops on the way

Tag Ab District, Kapisa Afghanistan - Since we’re closer to our problem areas, we visit them more often. This exposes us to the locals more, which is good for relationship-building, but bad for my nerves! If more troops are on the way, great. They can help me out.
Tag Ab District, Kapisa Afghanistan –
Since we’re closer to our problem areas, we visit them more often. This exposes us to the locals more, which is good for relationship-building, but bad for my nerves! If more troops are on the way, great. They can help me out.

So, the news for the past two days has been about the world’s shock that our President has decided to send more troops to join me here in the ‘stan.

I assume that some people were expecting him to make some type of a cold-turkey announcement, pulling all US troops out immediately. Instead, he intends to increase troops and hopefully reduce the number by 2011. Give those who support the war effort time to execute, then please those who oppose it by withdrawing. It may not be immediate withdrawal, but it’s fair. And, it’s not a brickwall “we’re-gonna-win-this-war-no-matter-what” approach. Yeah, it’s another compromise … so what?

From my point of view, I would love to go home … NOW. But, as you’ve read before in my blog postings, I’m here because I signed up for a job that required me to deploy when called. They called, so here I am. Whether or not I WANT to be here is irrelevant … I promised to serve, so I’m serving.

And, since I’m already serving here (and won’t be leaving anytime soon,) I can use all the help I can get. Not because I think we need more people to “win the war,” … But if we can get more troops here to help me do my job, in general, then that helps ME. The more troops that are here, the more likely my chances of survival are. I’m good with that. (And, if we do more good for the country, too, that’s a bonus.)

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