This is not a thought through post. It’s way late and I’m about 2 minutes from going to bed. But I saw this headline on CNN.com and checked it. This guy was born in 1981, the same year I was born. And now, he’s dead. That, my friends, is heavy.
The quote that got me: “Bush quoted one of the SEALS saved by Mansoor as saying, ‘Mikey looked death in the face that day and said, “You cannot take my brothers. I will go in their stead.”‘”
Steph and I watched a PBS documentary the other night following a group of soldiers who typically do convoy escort patrols. After seeing that, hearing the depression and exhaustion and seemingly fruitless results, combined with an article like the one above, I question our continued involvement. I know it’s war and it’s gruesome and living hell and death is part of it. We stormed in, got rid of the dictator, got a semi-stable government setup who is now in the process of consolidating and maintaining governing authority. I’m all for those things. And to a certain extent, glad we could accomplish those things, even with the terrible loss of life (all, not just U.S.). But man, at what point do we just say that it’s time to go and have them govern themselves wholly? I think we need to leave. It’s been five years. I know there is still resistance and upheaval and constant death and danger. But this can’t go on five more years.