November 16, 2012

USMC General: U.S. Forces To Remain in Afghanistan Past 2014

"We've always been at war with Eastasia."

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Marine Corps. Gen. Joseph Dunford said that “counterterrorism operations and advise and assist” duties would be the most crucial. While he didn’t offer specifics, keeping those missions active would allow Special Operations forces to continue hunting terrorists, while U.S. soldiers would continue to train the Afghan Army and police. Those missions will continue to be “an enduring role [that] will exist after 2014,” Dunford said. Any other missions after 2014 “will be informed by the gaps that remain” in Afghan capability, he said. -- | Defense News | defensenews.com
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My daughter will probably be sent there at the end of 2013.

Posted by: Jewel at November 17, 2012 12:21 AM

At this point, our foreign policy and defense policy is stuck on stupid...

Posted by: M. Murcek at November 17, 2012 6:23 AM

Why would any parent condone encourage their children to feed themselves into the hopper of this human chipping machine?

Ten years is enough. Either nuke the place into rubble and annex the ruins, or GTFO. This is just sad.

Posted by: B Lewis at November 17, 2012 9:30 AM

My child is 25. She has not been able to find any meaningful work full-time. Most young people her age with or without college cannot find full time work, and the Army was an economic choice for her, as it is for many young men and women.
Having said that, she is proud to serve in the Army and I support her. We have talked about this very thing, and I worry of course, but she is a grown woman, capable of assessing the dangers of her choices. She's a better man than her commander in chief, I'll say that.

Posted by: Jewel at November 17, 2012 10:12 AM

Best wishes to her.

It's ironic that "she is proud to serve in the Army", since it's probably going to be the Army kicking down Mom's door some day in the name of Homeland Security.

But no one believes that will ever happen, so I guess I can't blame her.

We are a Navy family. I am proud of my service in the U.S. Navy. But Ronald Reagan was my commander-in-chief. The country is no longer in the hands of the Good Guys, and I just can't stomach the idea of sacrificing my offspring for the benefit of the current regime. The only navy my kids will ever be a member of is the Texas Navy, or maybe the navy of the Holy Roman Empire.

In any case, please accept my best wishes for your child's service. May Saint Martin of Tours, Patron of Soldiers, keep her.

Posted by: B Lewis at November 17, 2012 1:03 PM

Thanks, B. I often wonder if she will be going at all, with the sequestrations coming up. Even her recruiter told her she might not be going. One of the things they make the new recruits do is attend a local Before You Go to Basic Training session. Every Thursday she runs a mile, does push-ups, marches and learns her soldier's stuff. She's shaped up quite nicely and has excelled in all the rigmarole she's going through.
She had root canal the other day, and the day after, in spite of the pain, she was back, running with the other recruits.
For someone plagued in life with multiple learning disorders, she's embraced the ordered life, quite well.
Unfortunately, she had to cut off all those pretty red locks of hers. She no longer looks like Loreena McKennitt, but like her little brother, instead!

Posted by: Jewel at November 17, 2012 2:08 PM
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