There is an intensity of seeing young soldiers on stretchers being stacked on racks in the belly of what looks like a flying warehouse. What I didn't expect was how valuable simply saying thank you was.
Even as we buy and produce new MRAPs, train the troops to use them, and look for ways to deliver them, the President is still attempting to define our strategy for how we will wage the war in Afghanistan.
The horrific shooting at Fort Hood, allegedly by Nidal Malik Hasan, a disgruntled yet devout Army psychiatrist, puts the spotlight back on the lone-wolf offender who sits at the crossroads of crime, terrorism and mental distress.
I find my home country, the United Kingdom, depressingly antagonistic when it comes to the subject of stripping and strip clubs, but I've always found the US to have a more tolerant and lenient attitude to the legalized sex industry.
The Army reported that suicides are yet again at an all time high. This isn't to say every soldier deployed frequently and for long periods will kill him or herself. But there's a "significant link" for many of those who do.
Here's an idea: Let's just keep our best troops, no matter what their background or orientation.
Momentum is picking up in Congress behind that notion, but we still need the President to make his move.
The path of the Right leads to a place where there is nothing left to conserve. This particular dilemma of the American Right provides an angle of insight into the challenge that we face in Afghanistan.