I had planned on entertaining you with tonight’s Latke Feast. Instead I will save it for tomorrow. There are also a few more people on this email note than normal, just because. If you are one of those and want a regular update, please let me know. This is one of those which you can forward or share as you see fit.
Unexpected also explains why I am writing this email and posting it well after midnight, rather than being home snug in my BHUT. I also thought about different ways of expressing both the ideas of visitors and experiences and finally decided to just follow Rawlins Cross’s recommendation – from the Heart to the Head to the Hands.
There we were, all packed into a hanger after formations, hanging out in a long time, security checks and legally leaving my weapon back in the BHut. Since, as is obvious, I could not see squat from the floor, I joined a number of others in the task force who lucked upon a great perch.
There was an intro by General Petraeaus,
And we had the President on stage.
Now, a close up is probably better
And it would have been nice to have had a better camera or a more stable perch.
Having listened to various politicians in the past, I was impressed. No matter what you think of his politics or policies (liberal democrat here), the man can speak. He is clear, coherent and limits his remarks to what is relevant to the audience. No politicking; just thanks for all the hard work and risks, a reminder that the US population is behind the military and an appreciation for the sacrifice that everyone in that cavernous hanger was making. He also made no promises that there was not hard work ahead.
He had been to the hospital first, only right, speaking both with the wounded and the platoon that was so devastated earlier this week.
I didn’t push through for a hand shake; there were too many junior soldiers to whom it was important. The military is diverse, religiously, ethnically. That was reflected in the overwhelming response and appreciation. It really isn’t trite, it is important to all of us that the person who commands us comes to see us. You could see it in everyone’s face and hear it in the comments.
I thought I would end as I had planned on beginning