A while back I wrote my displeasure with the BG Votel’s comments about how he thought this year was going to be one low in violence as he and the rest of the Brigade from the 82nd were about to to leave Afghanistan. I took it as he was somehow taking credit and pumping up the Brigade as the saviors of Afghanistan. Well I still feel that is his motivation, but I wanted to quickly mention that happenings in the last 24 hours contradict BG Votel’s opinion and support mine. My feelings are that this year will continue to build on the trend of each year being the worst one since 2001, by progressively having more violence, more brazen attacks and newer enemies to face.
First you should check out this link, http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-04-24-voa65.cfm?rss=asia where MG Schloesser warns of the attacks this year could be record setting and how the increase in the east/southeast will be by virtue of the porous border with Pakistan and the enemy coming from there. Also in the last few hours, President Karzai of Afghanistan just escaped a very bold assassination attempt on his life in front of large group of people by at least three and possibly up to six attackers. You can check the story out on Foxnews.com at http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,352751,00.html or at http://www.afghanistansun.com/, which is carrying many stories about it.
Recently I asked the Question “Are you ready for War?”. In reality it does not matter if you are or not, it is happening. I just hope and pray that the American people realize this and step up as a nation to support the military and its people. Your sons and daughters are coming back in way you never imagined and they will all need your help.