I’m sorry that you have a son in Afghanistan now effectively abandoned by his President and his henchmen/women with ridiculous rules of engagement, nebulous plans and neglect.
“Blackhawk Down” was the fault of Bill Clinton and the media. The American Press met the shore ‘assault’ on Mogdishu in a story book ‘invasion story’. Clinton later refused to send the assets requested (M-1 Abrahms tanks, etc.) to protect our troops. The same way Obama deserted his charges in Libya and Bengazi.
Scenarios come and go. When they are tinted by BS politics is when our sons and daughters get killed. I sincerely hope your son returns home from where he is unscathed.
The right thing to do is the ‘right thing’ — save Americans where you have the ability to do so, PERIOD!
Unfortunately failure to send correct assets is and equal politician flaw. My son was in Gulf War I, in Saudi Arabia a week after the Kuwait invasion by SH. He was there 8 months and took part in the assault into Iraq. In December 2002 I asked him how many troops he felt should be sent in by Bush. He said 450,000. At the time Shinsecki was in the process of being fired for arguing we should have over 300,000. Then after a year of a big mess in Iraq, Bremmer said we should have had 1/2 million. Siiigh!!
Now that my son is in Afghanistan AGAIN (spent 8 months there in 2006), I am really pixxed that we didn’t finish the job in Afghanistan instead of the Iraq side trip.
All politicians have their own agenda. We know Obama’s, but I fear that Romney is too eager to bloody the nose of Russia (”our number one enemy”) and Iran. My son has two years to go on his 20, and I pray he makes it out in one piece.
I also favor keeping a strong military, but while I worry about what some demobilization will do to employment figures, a also worry about what political overspending will do to the economy and paying down the debt. To say that I am between Iraq and a hard place is an understandment.