An Old Soldier View Afghanistan 2010 | Roll in Hot!

Here is a video reminder of what the Global War on Terror is all about. Please take a moment and listen to this video before reading further.

2009 was a difficult year in the Afghanistan Theater of Operations. The Taliban and Al Queada have made some gains, particularly in the first part of the year. The situation was bad enough to warrant President Obama replacing the Commander; he did so and sent over 20,000 reinforcements immediately. This helped stabilize things but did not reverse many of the gains made by the Taliban.

This does not speak ill of the US and NATO military, there were not enough assets on hand to prevent this. The regrouping of the Taliban and Al Queada was allowed both by our failure to prevent their retreat years earlier, and Pakistan’s willingness to harbor them in the tribal areas of their country. Both were significant errors and history will record them as such.

The Pakistanis are to a degree seeing the elements of their error though many there are trying to separate the Taliban’s of Pakistan and Afghanistan. This is a fools error. The Taliban in Afghanistan persecuted their own people, through unrelenting sahira law, the atrocities on their women and children are well documented as are the more recent ones of the Pakistani Taliban. The blowing up of schools, whipping women in public, the suicide bombings throughout Pakistan, bear witness to the common brutality of all three organizations. They are no more or less evil and dangerous as the Nazis were. They are the same abomination wrapped in a false cloak of Islam.

We failed to stop the Nazi’s in the 1930’s when they could have been, we cannot afford to repeat this error in a Nuclear Age. They will not be limited to Afghanistan, Pakistan, or the other countries mentioned if they are successful. As an Old Soldier I understand this, and it is no surprise that our soldiers understand this as well. Not just the Officers, but PFC’s, SGT’s, and Civilian Contractors and DOD Civilian Employees all understand it as well. They are proud to be there at this time in history, making a difference by fighting this evil.

So here we are rolling in to 2010. Gen McChrystal asked for 40,000 more troops and between the US and our NATO Allies he will have them. We were recently reminded on Christmas Day that Al Queada is a determined Enemy and their reach in Yemen and throughout the northern countries in Africa, from Somalia to Nigeria to Egypt, Libya, Chad, and others poses a continued world wide threat. The war is not over yet and it is not confined to Afghanistan or Iraq. They continue to provide support and training to elements in the Philippines, Siri Lanka, and Malaysia as well.

We have had some recent successes in Yemen, and Pakistan, and challenges continue in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Now is the time America! This is our time in history! We must continue with these operations and support these efforts. We must lay politics aside and be once a gain a United States of America, and when we roll on target we gotta roll in Jammin! We gotta Roll in Hot!

Now if you are wondering how to be a part of this effort. If you are sitting at home in a comfortable chair, saying I'm just one guy what can I do? Well check the Adopt a Soldier link above, and get off your butt and take some action! God Bless our military, and their families, God Bless America!

Hammer Jammer 1 out

Roll In Hot Lads!!  Steel On Target! Hooah!
Roll In Hot Lads!! Steel On Target! Hooah!

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50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

Excellent heads up hub, I wish there were more Americans listening and acting. Those who never served will never understand what those of us who did feel, as those of us who have or are serving will never understand why those who could have not or are not. If you could and won't, at the very least get off your lazy ass and adopt a soldier, and send them things they need and letters of support are more appreciated than a hot meal in my experience. Google the information of how to get it done and do it!

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Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

I agree completly. We have to fight with everything we have available. We must defeat all enemeies. We seem to have lost the spirit that overcame us on 9/11/2001, but we must have good leadership and get that spirit back. Our survival depends upon having the spirit to obtain victory!!!!!!

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breakfastpop 7 years ago

Dear hmrjmr,

You are preaching to the choir. All those brave men and women who gave their lives and their limbs, don't deserve to see us walk away with our tail between our legs. I hope this country gets back its resolve to see this to the end. Great powerful hub from a man who has been there..

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

BPOP and Tom - Choir Practice will be held at the Inn be there or be square!

50 Cal - I will be adding this link to the story Thanks my friend you will be leading Choir Practice Today!

God Bless you all!

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greatAmerican 7 years ago

Amen,, most old soldiers know what a fragile world this is and how failure to act in time can change everything.. You say we ignored Hitler in the 1930's and you are right. Timing is everything, We were only a few months ahead of Hitler in the development of the first Atom Bomb. If some of his scientists were not dragging their feet in an attempt to keep Hitler from getting the 'Bomb' what a different outcome we may have had to WW2! We must protect Pakistan if for no other reason, they have Nukes and that is what the radical terrorist of AlQueda and the Taliban have their eyes on.. Do I need to explain WHY! Wake up folks, our enemies are crazed with hatred and want to kill us!!

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50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

Think how different this might be had we not ignored Oliver North and his warning that Bin Laden was the most dangerous man in the world. Think more about how it would be had Bush 1 killed Sadam on our first trip to the sand box. A lot of this would not have to been done. We have some great snipers and we should start using them at the first sign anyone represents a future threat.

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Ga- Thanks for stopping by, good comment Lets hope and push for the leadership to get it right this year. Keep the pressure on.

50 Cal - Yep might have done some good if the leadership had listened, at the time. Moving forward we have to make sure the leadership and all of us understand the threat/enemy and deal with it at every opportunity, and hold those accountable who fail to do so. Keep the pressure on my friend, Hoooah!

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readytoescape 7 years ago from Central Florida


Outstanding Kickoff for the Old Soldier's View 2010. HOOAH! Great Videos and your words could not ring more true. Either Stand up or shut up. The rest of us are Locked, Cocked and ready to Rock. Sign me up for choir practice!

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

RTE You're in man Bass or Baritone? We meet at the Inn near Breakfastpop's Hubs, Hooah!

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cjv123 7 years ago from Michigan

You are HOOT! And thanks for your continued support of our soldiers! I thank you and my son stationed in Afghanistan thanks you!! God bless!

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

cjv123 - Thanks for stopping by, No problem on the support "that's what I do." God Bless and his speed for your son and God Bless you and your family in the New Year! Hoooah!

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westpointfb20 7 years ago from California

I completely agree and cannot wait to do my part in Afghanistan. Errrr!

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

When you do lad, do your best to stay safe, if you can't stay safe shoot first and shoot straight! God Bless Ya!

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Dame Scribe 7 years ago from Canada

It is too bad there is no *speed* education courses for the people to learn rather than rely upon their village leaders. Change may come faster. I always worry that I send silly and boring emails to a couple soldiers I know, lol but they tell me otherwise, :) A toast to a safe and Happy New Year for our military and you, :) thank you and God Bless

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

And a happy New year to you Dame Scribe, Keep the emails up they all appreciate the heck out of em! GBYT:) :)

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Neil74 6 years ago

the Warrior song and video is very good.

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thanks for stopping by Neil

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AskAshlie3433 6 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

HMR, I respect all of you all, that have put your life at risk, for what you believe in. Much respect for you and all those who defend our country. Thank you.

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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thank you Ashlie, for stopping by and you kind words.

Jesse5 13 years old 5 years ago

I am so thankfull for all of you that fight for us thank you.

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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Jesse - You are worth it. Hooah!

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