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Christmas in Afganland

Merry Christmas from Afghanistan

Here’s a little Christmas card from Kenny who’s been stationed in Afghanistan since around August. There is Kenny, bating Santa with cookies and beer.

Christmas cards and stocking hung on the wall.  Announcements board and lots of food that people get sent to them and don’t want so they leave out for others to scavenge from at their leisure.

Also Kenny was promoted to Sergent a few days ago. When I asked if that was like an orange belt in karate, Kenny set me straight, “it is the lowest level leadership position on the enlisted side.”

Afganland Part III

I got another photo drop from our man in Afghanistan. Ken says this one’s from yesterday’s mission.

From an e-mail:

You can take the boy out of the punk but you can’t take the punk out of the boy remember. Also, the SF [special forces] guys here have taken to calling me Joaquin Phoenix. I guess I resemble him.  But I prefer my self given nickname: “The Butcher,”  which is “Kasab” in Pashto.

I’m glad he mentioned the Joaquin Phoenix thing so I didn’t have to.

Update from Afganland

The end of Ramadan, the 9/11 anniversary, the Koran burning protests, and other negative stories “means taliban is going to step up their operations again” according to Corporal Butler, my friend who is serving in Afghanistan.

Ken’s been out on four missions so far but says that, “all was calm in this vicinity for eid. There were some attacks in the area for 9-11 but they did not attack here.” In his e-mail he seemed a little disappointed to have missed the excitement, but his boredom is the best news I can hear.

If you’re like me you may feel like there’s not much news from Afghanistan. Maybe it’s a symptom of living where I do now (and not being glued to a radio for eight hours a day) but I didn’t know a thing about any of this until Ken told me. The fact is though that today we get the news we seek, and more information about the war is always a click away.

Keep it up Ken!