The following video may alarm some of you. It shows a Marine advisory team trying to work with what has got to be the dregs of the Afghanistan Army. I hope this is not the case and this type of behavior is not indicative of what we are working with across the board over there. Maybe these troops are sitting on the fence, not willing to go all out in case the war does not go our way so they can face the Taliban and say that they were forced to fight and did not contribute of their own will. I don't know, the Afghan mind is a tough nut to crack. Many nations have tried to conquer Afghanistan and have failed. Even those who refused to fight using any type of ethical restraint.
Then there is the issue of drug usage. You can't fight and win stoned. I was only in Afghanistan for a little bit and not outside the wire (If you haven't guessed by now, that is me in the pic above in Kabul back in 2007), but found some of the Afghans I did come into contact with working the stores to be smelling of hash and even once had a guy selling rugs pass out on a stack of them. Funny at the time, but possibly a bad sign for us. Lets face it, hashish is part of their culture over there to a degree. I know the Koran forbids drug use, but not every Muslim is a strict rule follower, nor is every Christian I know either. There are good Afghans. Read this story about a guard at Kabul named Rambo and feel proud of what he stands for (the article is old, but has better pictures than anything else I could find). I hope if and when we pull out in a few years that we don't forget about him and other Afghans that fought bravely along side of us and abandon them to their fates. That is not a vote of lack of confidence in our mission over there. That is just me hoping for a better future for men like Rambo in whatever the future may hold.
2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)