Afghanistan Post-Mortem: The End of War

Parole autentiche sulla guerra (e sulla pace) di un militare americano rientrato a casa dall’Afghanistan. La questione dei reduci, che noi europei conoscemmo molto bene e che abbiamo potuto dimenticare per 3 generazioni, potrebbe tornare d’attualità anche nel vecchio continente…

Carrying the Gun

Well, that’s it.

Having arrived safely in America a few days ago, my deployment to Afghanistan is officially over.

I didn’t really spend much time or energy writing about Afghanistan or the experience of leading a platoon through the end of war for a bunch of reasons I’ll get to in a minute. Still, coming home from war is significant and it feels appropriate to try to try to wrap it up here with some kind of reflection.

For all the fun I had throwing around the ‘end of war’ adage in the lead up to the deployment, the war has not ended and goes on (and on). I suppose I had a slight expectation of learning something unique or new in the same way that I did through participating in the actual physical invasion of Iraq in 2003. That is, learning something about War or the…

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