President Barack Obama is finally setting goals to pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s about time. Americans...
I celebrated the Fourth by going to a baseball game, which was followed by fireworks. Seemed like a good, all-American...
Christopher Kenneth Frison is seven months old.
He’s too young to understand Father’s Day.
And he’s certainly far too young to be able to get an allowance or a job to buy a card and a nice gift.
He isn’t too young to be able to hug his father.
But he won’t ever be able to do that again. Not today. Not next year. Not ever.
I was a Paramedic in the Air Force in the early 90′s. Joining the military was one of the better decisions I have made in my almost 50 years and even at the old age of 27, the training I went through gave me a wealth of discipline I previously did not have. There’s a plethora that I completely disagree with in how our military personal are utilized, but I was lucky, to be at their disposal before the right wing, corporate quest for empire began to pick up speed in earnest. Pretending to assist the wounded and pick up the dead soldiers on the battlefield is all very fun until it really happens.
The Air Force Medical Core / Paramedic training was (at that time) conducted at Shepard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. I love Wichita Falls, but that’s another post. We slept in tents, ate MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) out of plastic pouches plucked out of 55 gal. drums of boiling water, rescued the pilots of a long forgotten war from their rusting C-2 Greyhound and learned about triage. The pic to the left was taken during my time at the Med Red (Medical Readiness) training grounds somewhere near or on Shepard Air force Base.
Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein are dead. Can we come home now from Iraq and Afghanistan? Not likely. World War II troops who occupied Germany and Japan have been refreshed over the years and still occupy those countries. We also have some 700 plus military outposts around the world.
It is time to declare victory and pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Despite our excuses, it is expected that our troops will remain in both countries for years to come.