If you have never served your country. Never served in the military. Never deployed before.
Keep your anti-war bullshit opinion to yourself!
I am tired of all these people bitching about the war in Afghanistan. Its not even really a war anymore, its a suppression of enemy forces, and a rebuilding of a country. We are helping hundreds of thousands of people who CAN'T help themselves.... as opposed to the hundreds of thousands of people in the US who WON'T help themselves. The ones everyone thinks we should focus on...
If you have a roof over your head, drinkable water, and can eat at least one meal a day: STOP YOUR BITCHING!
We are trying to help an ENTIRE COUNTRY worth of people get to the point of being able to sustain themselves and their families. We are trying to help the children, the ones who stand on the side of the road when our convoys pass, begging for us to throw down something, anything, for them!
These kids light up like the Rockefeller xmas tree if you give them just a pencil. Give them a Cliff Bar? a Gatorade? You just made that child's month!
Afghanistan is a 3rd world country! One of the poorest countries in the world. Houses here are made of mud bricks. Doors are ill-fitting planks of wood. Shoes? Forget about that; if they don't have an ill-fitting pair of sandals, they are probably barefoot! And I have seen kids walking barefoot in the snow, in the rocky mountains.
Healthcare? The only people receiving quality healthcare in this country are the poor souls blown up by insurgent IEDs. Those fortunate enough to make it to NATO medical facilities, anyway.
There is no such thing as credit in this country. If you don't have the means (money, food, livestock) by which to acquire it, you go without.
Most farmers here grow weed and poppies. Because they hope to make enough money to feed their families through winter. You see, food crops don't go for much around here, and though it may mean they eat, it means they can't afford other things they need: clothes, equipment, other ingredients...
$300 is considered an annual income here. Thats not even considered a monthly income in the US. and its barely accepted as a biweekly income!
Afghanis do jobs most Americans believe are beneath them. We have a pond here, of human waste. I can tell you that I have never seen an American working at that pond.
These people manage to balance a week of firewood, and half their family on a single motorcycle! They fashion household goods out of our throw-away's.
These guys are braver than we are! The Afghanis who go on convoys with us: they don't get up-armor! They don't have bullet proof vests! They don't have Kevlars! They don't even get their own weapons to defend themselves!
We ride around in our MAT-Vs, in full battle rattle, "safe".
And the interpreters? These guys risk the safety of their entire families to help us out! Some, for only $700 a month. These guys KEEP US ALIVE, for $700 a month!
You know what they really want?
They want to earn their citizenship.
They want to come to America, and go to school, and be free.
And then, some of them want to return to their country and help it rebuild.
In Afghanistan, the family unit is strong. Children respect their parents, and there is a deep love and connection within the families.... something that is being lost in the bullshit of today's America.
And, what do you think ending the war will do to unemployment in the US?
do you think that 140,000 soldiers being kicked out is bad enough? What about additional soldiers they'll downsize? And all the civilian jobs that go with them?
If you don't have a job, and you are trying to get one, do you want 140,000+ new people (with military experience) competing against you for the few jobs available?
Think before you speak.