It never seems to end in Afghanistan -- now the longest war in our nation's history. It never ceases to amaze us -- the twists and turns, the corruption, the backstabbing, the incompetence in, by and of that country and its leaders.
After last night's debate, it's clear that Paul Ryan has a lot to learn when it comes to foreign policy. As an Afghan War Veteran, I can unequivocally say that he hasn't a clue as to what is going on in Afghanistan.
Is it any wonder that we have returning troops struggling with reintegration into civilian life, or troops who choose suicide? We need to acknowledge both the danger we are asking our troops to accept and the long-term effects of it.
The American "withdrawal" regularly mentioned in the media doesn't really mean "withdrawal." On paper at least, for years to come the U.S. will partially occupy a country that has a history of loathing foreigners who won't leave (and making them pay for it).