How You Know We’ve Been at War Too Long

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Army photo / Sgt. 1st Class Eric Pahon

OFFICIAL PENTAGON CAPTION: PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The Creative Arts Dance Team performs to "I Just Can't Give Up Now" by Mary Mary in celebration of Women's Equality Day, Aug. 24, 2012. The 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade celebrated Women's Equality Day on Bagram Airfield, with servicemembers and civilians from all across the large base. Congress designated Aug. 26 as "Women's Equality Day" in 1971, to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.

A couple of incoming email rounds over the Labor Day Weekend wonder why something called the Creative Arts Dance Team helped the 82nd Airborne Division celebrate Women’s Equality Day Aug. 24 at Bagram air base.

You know Bagram – the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan? Where Army General Marty Dempsey’s plane was recently shelled? You know, the bullseye of the target that is the U.S. war machine in Afghanistan?

“Time to pack it in, Army,” one Battleland reader wrote.

Reaction in the blogosphere was split: “It’s hard to believe this division can trace its roots to the one that parachuted into Normandy during Operation Overlord,” one critic posted.

Others weren’t bothered. “And the difference between this and having a marching band perform? Besides the fact that you think one is `good’ and one is `bad’? Watch out! There are some kids on your lawn, circling that empty chair you’ve been shouting at.”

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After the Afghan War became "Obama's War," media especially seemed to embrace it. For the most part, The People never really did. Polls were showing this. Media were willing to support its president, whatever his decisions. Entertainers, too, began to support the troops. Gen. David Petraeus, once derided as"Betrayus," became a ribbon-dipped celebrity whom media would seldom push to answer the hard questions. The killing, the spending, the corruption and the inside horrors (rapes, suicides, devastated bodies, commanders turning the other way) have endured. How stunning it is. And where were the media to report the facts of "Obama's War?"

Christipher Miller
Christipher Miller

Folks are tired...they need events to remind them, they are still human and not just killing machines... it is the best haven we can give to these folks who die for us.


When you have someone whose whole reason for being is giving every body their special day/ month (i.e. the EO NCO), then guess what-they're going to make this thing happen (if for no other reason than so their evaluation will have a bullet point that they pulled off this event in a deployed environment.

This is the same reason we ended up with a bajillion schools in Iraq and Afghanistan that weren't being used. Every brigade commander wanted to be able to put on his evaluation support form that he built a school...


The photo of the dance looks to me like it is connected to ancient Afghanistan than the the present one. i.e.looks more like a Buddhist dance.


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