August 21, 2009


As told by Gen. Petraeus

A soldier is trudging through the muck in the midst of a downpour with a 60-pound rucksack on his back. This is tough, he thinks to himself. Just ahead of him trudges an Army ranger with an 80-pound pack on his back. This is really tough, he thinks. And ahead of him is a Marine with a 90-pound pack on, and he thinks to himself, I love how tough this is. Then, of course, 30,000 feet above them an Air Force pilot flips aside his ponytail. - Now I'm sorry. I don't know how that got in there, I know they haven't had ponytails in a year or two - and looks down at them through his cockpit as he flies over. Boy, he radios his wingman, it must be tough down there.

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