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jrizzell last won the day on August 31

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  1. Steve Coll is a fantastic author! He wrote another great book called Ghost Wars; about the CIA's involvement in the covert wars in Afghanistan that fueled Islamic militancy and gave rise to bin Laden's al Qaeda. I'll definitely check out Directorate S.
  2. One of the challenges we have as a nation, is our love of freedom, and assuming everyone in the world wants our version of society. Do I think there’s anything better, no. But if your country has never known “Western Democracy”, you won’t embrace it like we do. I’m my opinion, the civilian and military leadership, ascribe to that US dominate worldview, and it shapes the decisions they support. We need to divorce ourselves from endlessly “spreading democracy” across the globe. And just perform, limited and targeted ops. Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
  3. There are senior Taliban fighters that were held in Gitmo for years…what do we think their appetite for vengeance or payback is with getting some American “prisoners”? This could be horrendous Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
  4. I’ve always enjoyed making jokes about C-17s landing at wrong airports, or not putting their gear down. But the fact that a crew took off with 800 passengers, and I heard others did that same with numbers in the 600’s is truly heroic stuff. You are all a credit to America, and the USAF, your actions represent the best of us. I can’t even begin to imagine the chaos, and literal life and death decisions you were forced to make. Thank you, and well done! But that doesn’t begin to describe the accolades you deserve. Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
  5. There will be many who blame Biden for the Taliban taking over Afghanistan, I personally think that was inevitable, regardless of who was in the chair when we left. But leaving THOUSANDS of Americans stranded, that falls 100% on his administration. They’re charged with protecting our governmental civilians serving their country. The lack of planning is truly astonishing. I’m hoping they make it out safely. Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
  6. This right here is why we choose to stay in places we shouldn’t be in…”If only we killed more military aged men”, then we would have turned the tide to support America… Every drone strike that killed innocent civilians, created 10 new enemies, it was never going to end like we choose. We went to Afghanistan to avenge 9/11 and got stuck in nation building, all while we got sidetracked in WMD Iraq war. It’s a massive shit sandwich with no good outcomes, unless we we’re willing to be a indefinite occupier.
  7. What’s happening now, is the unavoidable outcome unless we choose to occupy Afghanistan forever. You can’t force “American freedom” on a population who’s unable/unwilling to accept it. It’s unfortunate how quickly this country will revert to Taliban rule; but this isn’t Biden’s fault. It would have happened regardless of the sitting POTUS after a US withdraw. Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
  8. No the raising of a Taliban flag over the US Embassy on the 20th anniversary of September 11th will be worse…and that’s what they’re planning on doing Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
  9. We will never beat the Taliban. This is a religious war to them. They don’t care or accept our American way of life, they will wait in the mountains until we decide it’s time to leave, then they will drive back into the cities and take over. We’ve lost time, individual lives, and Trillions of dollars, and we still don’t understand the enemy. Unless we plan on staying and fighting there forever, this is the reality of Afghanistan. Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
  10. His shtick has gotten tired. I understand he’s trying to paint himself as the anti-Trump guy, but he’s got nothing to offer except tears and more “January 6th is the worst day in American history” narrative. Those buffoons and LARP idiots have all been arrested and will serve jail time. After 5 years, the Trump haters still haven’t realized what he craves, it’s attention. And this commission will only breathe life into his followers. How about this, do, or even just say something, about the trillions of dollars we’re just printing every 6 months.
  11. Currently stationed at Langley. York County has best schools for elementary age kids. If you want to avoid a long commute, don’t live across a bridge or tunnel. Williamsburg is nice, but looking at 40-45 minutes depending on construction or accidents. Personally, I think this is one of the best locations I was ever based. Lots of outdoor and historical things to do.
  12. I think what he was getting at was that your using a very specific example of your unit to make that case that only a pilot should lead. Every conflict is different, and will require different skill sets. The first months of Afghanistan was fought with dudes on horseback. And as we move forward, the use of AI or pilotless aircraft will become more prevalent.
  13. This situation highlights multiple areas that need to be discussed. I can see where every person involved felt justified in their position. From my MAF viewpoint, this seems like a failure in the Mission Planning Cell. The 12 hour minimum show time is a shit plan for a local exercise. Personally, the OG/CC was placing his frustration at the wrong people. We give the A-code to the pilot to make the best call for the aircraft. There’s a level of trust that’s earned/expected; and to second guess them, because of a negative exercise metric is bad leadership.
  14. Honestly for me the main driving force to try for Lt Col, was being able to retire at 20. I was deployed while a passed over pilot was recalled to separate. There was also a good dude, fellow squadron mate that also had separate. Both guys, 3 years away from the check of the month club. That 2011 debacle worried me, and I knew if I didn’t make O-5, there was no guarantee I’d be able to retire. Thankfully for me, after I was passed over, I was continued. Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
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