Sunday, September 04, 2005

Driving, book, background and quote.

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A few days ago I was driving around Kandahar and it was not like doing the same around home. You know the drill: walk out to your car, start it up and drive to your destination. Not so for us here in sunny Afghanistan. Our little jaunt started about two to three hours with an intel brief on our route. We were told that an IED was found on the road recently- so a few of our team were nervous, but others felt relieved, since that was one less IED to worry about. Then a briefing for all members of the convoy was held right before we left to spell out duties if we encounter a specific event such as an IED, RPG and machine gun fire or a blocked or unblocked ambush. Everybody knew the drill. Basically it was straight out of the Ranger Handbook.

Then we prepped radios and weapons, pulled maintenance on the vehicle and other equipment, and talked about what we do if we had a flat tire.

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It was nerve racking for a while, not because I thought we might get center punched by an IED or have a RPG start off a TIC, but the local Afghan drivers make New York cabbies look polite. We were on a two lane road that is a major highway in Afghanistan, but it was no bigger than the street I live on in America. There were farm tractors, semi-trucks, bicycles, farm animals and camels on the road with everybody passing the slow pokes. Afghans just shrug off traffic accidents as divine act or “Allah wills it.” The driver of our vehicle was smiling while driving and I asked him why and he said “I’m getting paid to drive like an a$%^@# with weapons and nobody gives me s%^& about it.” Asked where he learned how to drive like a bat out of hell, he replied “GAT-SA.” That is gamer talk for the video game “Grand Auto Theft-San Andreas.” So I had a professional wheelman driving me around. I felt better and went back to scanning my sector.

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I will not go into detail on our mission other than it was successful and we were not hit by an IED or hostile fire. Children waived to us and we waived back. If you are going on the on the town you will meet children; so carry pens, candy and Pepsi-those are the most requested items by children in Afghanistan.


I will be reading Mr. Peter’s new book. He might be a little too right-wing for some, but as a retired MI officer, he knows his “stuff” in most soldiers’ eyes.

Some background of the fall of the Taliban.

Quote: "I think I lost my faith in Atheism."

5 Comments:

Blogger DEANBERRY said...

ONLY A COMMUNIST WOULD REMOVE THIS POST.

FIND OUT THE TRUTH ABOUT AMERICA'S SOLDIERS. MANY ARE PRACTICING SATANISTS, WICCANS, PAGANS, AND ATHEISTS. THEY RESEMBLE THE ARMY OF SATAN FAR MORE THAN THE ARMY OF GOD. THE TRUTH HURTS. http://antichristiantroops.blogspot.com.

IN JESUS' GLORIOUS AND HOLY NAME,
DEAN BERRY -- REAL AMERICAN

9:21 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Heh, this guy hit B5's place yesterday.

So, B, did you know that you are surrounded by Wiccans, Satanists, Pagans, and (worst of all), Athiests?

Here's a better question. Do you even care?

I know personally I don't give a flying monkey screw if the guy in ranks next to me worships Homer Simpson, as long as he does his job.

First Amendment garbage and all that, you know.

7:34 AM  
Blogger b said...

What was real funny was one of the CPLs I work with ask one of the Wiccans, as a Christian, if he used a voodoo doll of her would it work? That question freaked the Wiccan out.

8:35 AM  
Blogger justme88 said...

The face on the boy is so sweet. His eyes sparkle

1:54 AM  
Blogger betsy said...

I just love the Afghan attitude and joy they have at finally being free. The children are adorable, and the future. Here's hoping the vote goes well and good forward-thinking people wanting freedom are elected. Cheers and kudos to all our troops there, you're doing a great job! Thank you.

6:00 AM  

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