It’s hard to believe that this week we will again honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. It’ll be twelve years already. Few would have predicted a decade ago that we’d still have troops in Afghanistan. Not long ago the Department of Defense announced the 2,200th American died in our war in Afghanistan; what a conspicuous milestone.
The gravest threat to the U.S. mission in Afghanistan is particularly evil and remains a real concern for our troops in theatre – that is a the continued threat from Inside-the-Wire attacks, in which gunmen dressed in the uniforms of the Afghan army or police open fire on American or coalition troops.
Don’t put your head in the sand about what is happening over there. As 2014 approaches and the completion of the ISAF mission draws nearer, risks to our troops remain. Regardless of your political affiliation or feelings on America’s longest war, you cannot escape the fact that there are our husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, loved ones and significant others over there now so that you can enjoy your freedom in the comforts of your cozy home.
Because of this, I thought it important to re-post this blog which was originally published in August 2011. It addresses why we have U.S. Troops in Afghanistan. It’s a topic that needs to stay at the forefront and it’s important that all Americans understand why our troops are there fighting.
The question was asked by a U.S. Citizen who does not agree with or who does not understand exactly why our men and women of the Armed Forces are in the Middle East.
The responses you see below are provided by Kent R. Jones, President and CEO of Defensive Countermeasures Institute, LLC. His personal experience with conflict is derived from over 35 years combined military and federal government service spanning five continents. He is also a veteran of US Special Operations.
Q: Can someone remind me why we are in Afghanistan? Continue reading
I’ve noticed in some instances Americans are quick to judgment; and yet in others they can’t make a decision to save their life. It’s often the situations that matter most where conclusions are made swiftly without considering all possible options.
Does this sound familiar?
Someone makes a statement or replies in a certain manner and may even have a particular look on his or her face, which is all you’ve deemed necessary to determine the person must be lying. Your gut tells you that they’re not being honest with you. You’ve already tried and convicted the poor soul without a proper day in court.
Did curiosity win out causing you to enter the room in an attempt to uncover the mystery? Consider the following the next time this occurs.
1. No matter how careful an intruder is, he is bound to leave something disturbed that a security minded person will seize upon on immediately. It may be as subtle as tracking fresh grass clippings to the threshold of your front door, clearly you would never leave such a mess, or, perhaps the presence of a foreign fragrance that is not your own. In each instance, your senses are working overtime and with practice, you can learn not to ignore them.
The first step involves the understanding that we adapt to our environment, and this adaptation is an instrument of our survival. From use of our senses we are able interpret sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. Once stimuli is identified, we process the information and place it into two categories, Threat and non-Threat.
A problem occurs when we are unable to recognize stimuli or we improperly categorize the information, e.g. the fresh grass clippings at the threshold. Clearly, in this instance we must conclude that someone unbeknownst to us has waltzed across our freshly manicured lawn and has at least proceeded as far as the front door to our home. Continue reading