US forces won every battle in Vietnam. Every damn battle. But we didn't have the will to win. As high as the stakes were said to be, the actual stakes were pretty low. Do we have the will to win in Afghanistan?
While pushing drugs and teaching positive thinking earns mental health professionals money and brownie points with the elite, there is another path for mental health professionals working with U.S. soldiers.
What are the politics of that training thing in Afghanistan? We've spent billions of dollars and invested so much time there. Is it working out well? It should be. The United States and NATO have been training the locals since October 2001.
This weekend, please take a moment to remember those who have served us, those who do so today, and those whose dedication in scouring the globe for our soldiers shows that "no man left behind" is far more than an expression.
When I mentioned that Israel's heroic efforts in Haiti were spreading a lot of much-needed positive vibes about Israel, Yagodovsky gave me an awkward look, as if to say: "That's nice, but that's not why we do it."