Well the news this week here in Afghanistan has not been a good one.
President Karzei shot his mouth off saying that the US and the Taliban have been working together to create security issues which will ensure Foreign Troops will have to stay here longer than Afghanis want.....yeah, riiiiiight. Dude, when the Taliban gets you, you'll only have yourself to blame.
2 dead and 10 wounded in a "Green on Blue" attack in Wardak. A helicopter crash in Daman Province killed 5 American troops near Kandahar in southern Afghanistan.
At the same time, things are winding down here pretty damn quick. They are cleaning out KAF (Kandahar Air Field) one shipping container at a time. There are vast areas of the base that were jammed full with gear/kit/vehicles etc. and now you could hold a football game in the open space. Parts of KAF look more open and empty than I have ever seen it in the past three years.
I bought the t-shirt pictured in the photo above today at the PX. It pretty much sums it all up. The process as described in the press is pretty much BS. There is a great rush for the door and we will likely see this wind down much faster than it should.
In the end, this will help the Taliban and hurt the people of Afghanistan.
I know this much - The work we have done here has helped but the early exit is sure to take away from that work especially when we watch things go sideways here after our exit.
I hope I am wrong and would love to see it go better with the Afghans gaining control of their country. Being wrong about this would mean a self sustaining Afghanistan and more freedom for the Afghans.
" Inshalla " as they say here, translated as " If it be God's will "