Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The next 24 hours (and more) will certainly be a busy time for the blogosphere and punditry in general. And rightfully so given the President's speech tonight - there is a lot to be talked about, questioned, and figured out as the Afghanistan surge becomes a reality.
All of this hullabaloo reminds a lot of January 10, 2007. I was a captain in the Army back then and looking forward to getting out in a few months. That day was a day off for me, but around 10am my boss called and told me to get into the office as fast as possible - don't even worry about putting on a uniform. When I got there, I was told that the President was going to make a prime time speech that night and declare a five brigade surge to Iraq. My brigade was number five. Oh, and I was going to be stop lossed and go with the brigade. It was a painful day for me and most of the rest of Fort Stewart. And other units, installations, individuals, and families. It is a day that changed my life significantly - in both good and bad ways.
So while a lot of folks will be hashing out a lot of opinions and ideas, some who will try and prove how right they were, let's not forgot that 30,000 service members and their families just had their lives significantly changed tonight - for better and worse. They're not victims, to be sure, but this will affect them - and the Afghan population - in very personal ways. So, just keep that in mind during the course of this week and the coming months.