An entertaining read about a Air Force translator in Afghanistan

I found this article written by Ian Fritz, who served in the U.S. Air Force from 2008 to 2013, to be wildly entertaining. He tells about his experiences eavesdropping on Afghani soldiers.

In one story, he details how even though afghani forces were getting the shit kicked out of them, their leaders were screaming how well the troops were doing.

In another story, he wrote that he overheard this conversation:

“Go place the IED down there, at the bend; they won’t see it.”

“It can wait ’til morning.”

“No, it can’t. They [the Americans] could come early, and we need it down there to kill as many as we can.”

“I think I’ll wait.”

“No, you won’t! Go place it.”

“Do I have to?”

“Yes! Go do it!”

“I don’t want to.”

“Brother, why not? We must jihad!”

“Brother … It’s too cold to jihad.”

Ha ha. See! I love how he humanizes the enemy.

I read yesterday that the USA has been at war all but 17 years of its existence. Hardly any peacetime in its short history. It’s sad really. It almost makes you think there’s some kind of reward for it. Maybe producing big war planes, ships and arsenal is lucrative or something. Who knows.

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