Right -- 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. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Eric Pahon)
Me--poke fun at celebrating "Women's Equality Day" in a war zone? -- Ok, that's precisely what I'm doing. When the interpretive dance troupe is flown into Bagram, it's time to re-think the nature of war and what we're doing in Afghanistan. What is the ratio of REMF's and Pogues to combat groups in theater?
And if you don't know what a REMF is, look it up. This is a family friendly blog. War means fighting and fighting means killing. While the REMF's sit in the rear areas eating turkey and steak dinners, waiting for the (friendly) Afghans they've hired to go berzerk and slit their throats -- which does happen with alarming regularity-- troops stand vigil on lonely outposts (right) that are regularly threatened by insurgents (can we still call them that?).
We clearly need to pull the main line military out of Afghanistan and leave what's left to Special Forces to sort out.
Being at the point of the spear is one thing. Dealing with the vast group of REMF's is another. So is wasting the taxpayer's money (and the money we borrow from China) on goofy displays and dance troops in the rear area.