April 25, 2013
I was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 with the 1/87 INF and in October of that year we cleared about 5 miles of a route we affectionately called Route Bananas. This Route had formerly been used as one of Osama's eastern escape routes. My company also manned two checkpoints on said route after clearing the route of all IEDs. About a year after id gone back stateside I ran into someone who was currently deployed there on leave for R&R. We got to talking and he told me that those 5 miles of route had been taken back over by the Tali fighters as well as my companies two checkpoints. I ask you....how could all that work have gone to hell and why did the Afghani Army and Police not fought more? This war really must be a loss despite what news agencies would tell you. I'm open to any feedback and thoughts on this post. Thanks!
April 9, 2009
First, thanks for your service, as an all volunteer military since Viet Nam, young people do not know what a draft is, and being called to serve their country. What you said happened in Viet Nam all the time, I did not go but was in the Marine reserve from 65-71. They would fight and die for a hill, take it, and end up giving it back. God knows what they were thinking, and seems like this same thing happens in the middle east.
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