Tweeting Afghanistan

This has to stop.  The tours are too long, longer than anyone has been rightly trained for.  Longer than can be trained for, probably.  Soldiers have been deployed 7 and 8 times.  End it now. Bring them home.

We all know we’ll be running black ops for decades.  But how many lives are we willing to ruin?

4 thoughts on “Tweeting Afghanistan”

  1. This is an utterly false dialog that you seem to have bought into. It is only recently that we even had “tours” and, even after we did, they were much longer than they are now. Before that, you were in for the duration and most suffered no greater negative effects than what we have now.

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    1. That is why this is a false dialog. While there’s been war, there’s been those who injuries are mental rather than physical. There’s no real evidence that it’s worse now than it was then.

      You think we should bail on Afghanistan? Fine. Sounds good, actually. Don’t try to pin the reason for that belief on the the troops being in country too long though because there’s nothing credible to back that up.

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  2. A few separate points I want to make:

    1) It doesn’t matter if mental stress is or isn’t worse now than it was then. We talk about it more now, it’s more recognized and diagnosed now, and so we’re more aware of it. Granted. But it needs to stop.

    2) Yes, let’s not base the end of the war solely on the belief that many troops have been in-country too long (relative to their training) or on more tours than is healthy for them or their families.

    3) Let’s not underestimate the psychological differences between a war like WWII and this one. At this point, yes, we are, in an oblique way, “defending our security,” but we’re mostly nation-building by way of regime change and maintaining the stability of that change. We’re not avenging 9/11 or Pearl Harbor. We’re not striking at the same kind of enemy.

    4) That said, I know I’m saying that in some ways, these wars were similar (people came back with PTSD from all of them) and that in other ways they’re very different. But that’s because I believe both statements are true.

    5) I’d be interested in seeing some numbers (maybe you have them?) about the increase or not of PTSD in the current conflict. The anecdotal evidence suggests an increase, which may be because we’re simply more aware of it.

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