Despite riots following the burning of a Koran in a Florida church, the war in Afghanistan has been bumped from the headlines lately.
Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, et.al., and the nuclear crisis and general recovery in Japan, and the looming government shutdown at home, have all made for an extraordinarily busy news month.
But the war in Afghanistan goes on, of course, with Fort Drum playing a central role.
Today, I attended a briefing by General James Terry, Fort Drum’s commander and currently the commander of coalition forces in the southern zone of Afghanistan. That includes the city of Kandahar, birthplace of the Taliban. Terry’s wrapping up his two week leave in U.S. and returns tonight.
Terry’s basic message was that U.S. and coalition forces are “playing on home turf” now in the Kandahar area, having pushed out the insurgents.
Monday on The 8 O’Clock Hour, I’ll have a full report. But for now, your thoughts…
How is the war going in your opinion? Do you agree with Senator Gillibrand, who wants to pick up the pace of U.S. withdrawl? How has President Obama’s surge worked so far? Do you still support the effort? Did you ever?