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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Walk in Their Boots

I just heard a story from my Naval Officer daughter regarding a Marine Officer and fellow US Naval Academy grad, with whom she is acquainted.  This Marine Officer did tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  He said that after what we did in Iraq, they have a wonderful opportunity to be a great country.  Afghanistan, not so much.  During his last tour, he was responsible for training Afghan men to fight in their military.  He recently learned that one of the Afghan men, whom he trained to fight, killed the Marine Officer's replacement as well as other Afghan members of the training group.  He is sick over it and feels somewhat responsible.  That's a tough thing to live with day after day.  It also explains the recently reported actions of our Marines who were videotaped urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters.  Am I condoning their actions, no, but I have a much better understanding of why such acts occur.  What these men and women are experiencing is horrific so, until you have walked in their boots, if you will, don't call for their heads.  That advice goes for the Commander-in Chief-and Secretary Clinton, as well.

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