April 11, 2008
Name: 1SG Troy Steward
Posting date: 4/11/08
Returned from: Afghanistan
Milblog url: bouhammer.com
Two soldiers from the Polish Battle Group, which operates in the area I worked and operated in while serving in Afghanistan, were killed recently by an IED. There have been a number of Afghan Army and Police killed in that area, which is almost never reported. Since there is so little visibility, all we have to gauge the violence levels on are the numbers of coalition forces killed.
It is alarming that there were 21 coalition forces killed in the first two months of this year. It is alarming because this is the quietest time of the year, as the enemy is not adept at fighting in the cold winter months. They typically hibernate their operations in the winter time and wait until the spring-to-fall months, when they can move and operate more freely. To have this many killed already is an omen to me, and should be to the rest of the world as to what is coming.
Every year has gotten worse and worse, so I fully expect this trend to continue. I have written about this subject several times since I returned last year. I was also afforded the opportunity to spend a couple of minutes talking with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about this exact subject back in December.
I have a vested interest, since I spent a year away from my family living and fighting in Afghanistan. I have several friends over there now fighting, and soon my son and hundreds more friends and fellow soldiers from my state’s National Guard Brigade will be there. I know there is a lot of concern over the rising civilian casualties in Afghanistan, but I think this concern is directly attributable to a false sense of peace. We are still very heavily at war there and until the government of Afghanistan, our own government, and the people of our great country recognize and admit this fact, then our soldiers and the soldiers of our coalition forces will be held back in their ability to take the fight to the enemy with extreme prejudice.
So my question to the American people is: Are you ready for war?
Note: This piece originally appeared on VAMortgageCenter.com