Heading Back to Afghanistan
I am on my last day of leave and heading back to Jalalabad tomorrow. The time off has done me much good. I am writing on the blog and not even angry about anything – usually when I write I am pounding the key board and talking to myself. Actually I am talking to Scout who started hanging out in the room again when the heat started and we switched on the A/C, but she hides under the bed and ignores me so I may as well be muttering to myself .
I received a ton of email after the Gardez post – almost every bit of it positive and several of the Army guys I corresponded with mentioned how angry they were after returning home. For those of you who took the time to write me and share those thoughts I appreciate it – more than you will ever know. I took up the pen last fall out of frustration at what I have seen happen in Afghanistan. Writing about it seems only to increases that frustration and by the time I headed home a couple of weeks ago I was an angry man. But I am tanned, rested and fit…ready to re-enter the fray again which is what I feel I was born to do.
From here on out I am going to try to tone it down a bit on the blog and leave the political commentary to Mark Levin who is a true American Hero in my eyes for writing Liberty and Tyranny and for the work he does on his radio show. Last thing I would want him or his people to think is that I’m a back bencher trying to run with his unique perspective and talent. But when I am muttering to Scout in my mind I hear Marks voice not mine and often his words too – the man is a complete stud.
My friend Christian Major was laid to rest in Danbury Connecticut on the 24th of June. There is an on line memorial with a guest book which can be found here. His mother has been kind enough to exchange emails with me and I’d like to pass on her heartfelt thanks to all of you who commented on the post with your recollections of this fine man and great American.