|From Draftee to Colonel in 30 years|
As I looked back on some of my earlier posts, I hit the war in Afghanistan right between the eyes. If the British, Russians and now the Americans would have carpet bombed that little country with all the dollars we have spent trying to bring them peace, they could all have houses with central air and lots of food. If somehow we could exchange the cost of the lives we have spent there for dollars, we could double the size of those houses and perhaps put in wall to wall carpeting.
I have a friend that spent a lot of time as a child in Afghanistan when her father was a Doctor there. She has a book on her coffee table with pictures of the place and she said she loved the people as much as the scenery. I trust her perceptions almost as much as I do mine. Her's is also flavored by a wonderful belief of a supreme being and that gives her a peace that I could only find when I had my M-16 in my hands while in Vietnam.
Si vis pacem, para bellum. Is the Latin guide that tells countries to seek peace but prepare for war. On the other hand, Dwight David Eisenhower told us to fear the Military Industrial Complex. I think that it is up to the Civilian Leadership to establish just what the heck that level is. I am not sure that I would be a good guide for that level. Tanks for the memories...
Oh well, better leave this and get on with my peace of life. A good breakfast will cure any thoughts this old war horse has of running off to war.