Hello My name is Benjamin Witt. I recently left service from the US Army where I was CPL Witt.
I served 16 months on the ground in Afghanistan and know first hand about this war that is being fought over there. I dont know much I can or cant say, but will say a few things anyways.
The lease on the Bagram airbase was renewed back in 2007 for 99 years from the Afghani Government. Now I dont know how much of an exit strategy is being proposed but we have numerous overseas bases and deployment zones based on war zone areas. I see this ending up no different.
2nd The main issue of combatants and the taliban is the supporters from Pakistan and Iran. I was stationed on the pakistani border (mysterious location here) and most of the insurgents were poorly armed, dissilusioned people who would come across the border. Iran supplies most of the arms and explosives on the western side of things.
The war goes well but by what terms. When we lose 4, 2 or even 1 solider that is a loss to our nation, But we have high priority on life and its importance. The enemy does not. So unexceptable losses for them obviously have not been met. We had a mission in which we were on top of a mountain for many days and had enemies charging up the side trying to overrun our position.
Its a war. Its horrible nasty dirty and evil, as all war is. But If we turn our backs on this infestation of evil and despotism it will continue to infest a region of the world that has very little in which to stand against such a thing.
This post has been edited by boredwithTNT: 10 August 2009 - 09:18 AM