Joyce M. Davis, writing for the Pennsylvania Patriot-News in Mechanicsburg (pennlive.com), struck up an illuminating conversation with a soldier returning from the battlefields near Kandahar.
"As troop morale drops, Afghanistan war isn't encouraging" April 28, 2010
... “Morale stinks, ma’am,” she said. “We don’t know why we’re there.”
A modern soldier is a laborer. As you read, try to think of a job you had where you couldn't figure out what the bosses were trying to accomplish or why they insisted upon going about it the way they did ... then think of David Patreus and Stanley McChrystal in the way you would think of, say, Lloyd Blankfein and Richard Fuld.
Joyce M. Davis/Patriot-News
Warfare continues to become more professional and dehumanized every day.
The purpose of Extraordinary Edition is being revisited for winter, headed into 2013. U.S. foreign policy, Central Asia and the Middle East remain key focal points. Economics and culture on your front doorstep are coming into focus here.