The year’s end is nearing. It’s been a long year here at JBs. This year saw my transition from a military life back to the civilian world. Well kind of. I still spend everyday around the military is support of operations so it’s not a huge leap yet.
You’ll notice the posting has been rather slow lately and without making too many excuses I’ve simple not had time to write anything coherent (not that I ever really did write anything coherent). The time I’ve had available to write has been spent either eating or sleeping. This may sound a bit like I’m complaining. I’m not. I have a job. Unlike so many these days. So bear with me and the postings will pick up soon.
Chilihntr has also been busy. Career changes in his life I’m sure have left him juggling many new tasks and responsibilities. I’m sure he’ll be back soon though.
So I’ll leave you today with just a few quick thoughts on the world we live in.
Arab Spring: While any good American wants to support the revolutions of totalitarian regimes the Arab Spring is like to produce something must less than we would have hoped for. The west seems to see the world as it would like rather that as it is. In doing so, we indirectly contribute to that which is out to destroy us.
Iraq: We are ending our war in Iraq. I’m glad. While I don’t agree with the why and how I’m glad we won’t have troops spending another rotation away from home there. Our military did an outstanding job and should be proud regardless of what may happen there now.
Afghanistan: There could and will be many books written on this adventure. But the one that needs to be written and read more than any is the one on how we throw money at problems without actually seeing the consequences of that blind spending. When all is said and done I wonder how much of the money we’ve spent in Afghanistan directly went to those trying to kill us. How much propped up petty powerbrokers and let the average person of Afghanistan suffer with little to show.
There are good sides to this story. The ANA and ANP has grown immensely and if nothing else the military has probably raised the literacy rate faster than any other institution.
US Presidential Election: What a sorry group we have here. On all sides I see very little good news. That said, the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and his cohorts must go. We can’t afford any more “ Hope and Change”.
Well anyway just some ramblings thoughts. I hope the holiday season finds everyone well. Till my next break…..