Greetings, Christmas packages to the troops are arriving by the crate, and the soldiers are sharing with workers from places like Nepal, India, and Philippines. The soldiers are very happy with all the support flooding in from home. It must have taken a lot of big airplanes to get all this mail here.
Am writing a dispatch about Stryker soldiers. Meanwhile, I asked CSM Jeff Mellinger and actor Gary Sinise if they have any words for the troops. Both responded. CSM Mellinger's excellent piece is published.
Will publish Gary's tomorrow.
Very important to sign up to my Facebook page. The long format dispatches will still be published on the website, but am publishing vignettes nearly daily on Facebook. An interesting combat video will go up soon. Please visit.
The War in Afghanistan has truly begun. This will be a long, difficult fight that is set to eclipse anything we’ve seen in Iraq. As 2010 unfolds, Michael's 6th year of war coverage will unfold with it. There is relatively little interest in Afghanistan by comparison to previous interest in Iraq, and so reader interest is low. Afghanistan is serious, very deadly business. Like Iraq, however, it gets pushed around as a political brawling pit while the people fighting the war are mostly forgotten. The arguments at home seem more likely to revolve around a few words from the President than the ground realities of combat here. Mike can bring the ground realities, but can sustain the coverage only by the graciousness of readers. Please keep that in mind. Please click…