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It is Far More Sinister Than You Think

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More than 800,000 Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Navy Sailors served in the war in Afghanistan. I am one of them. I worked the streets of Kabul on my last deployment. Day, and night we trudged the mind- bending, stomach- turning streets of the overcrowded streets of Kabul. It amazed me how many people could fit on the back of one motor bike, and how daring civilians were to jump right in front of an armored vehicle with the horn blaring with seemingly no regard for their personal safety.

I became a man there too. I learned a lot about myself. I fought hard there. I fired a weapon at another man whose only goal in his entire sad, misguided life was to kill me. As the fight raged on, the man’s body just stayed there after I put him down. For nearly Eighteen hours, I watched as other fighters stepped over this man, took his weapon, and stripped him of his ammunition. At the end of the day, all he was to them was another dead fighter, there to be stripped of his supplies and forgotten.

It is fitting that the 10th anniversary of that day is upcoming. It's September 13th. I remember it well. It was 2 days after the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and just a year before the uprising in Benghazi, Libya.

I got to peek far behind the war curtain on that year-long deployment. I was in a leadership position. I agonized over every one of the thousands of decisions I made that year. There is nothing worse to a soldier than the feeling you get when you may have flubbed........

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