Just a few hours before President Obama vowed to stay good on his promise to be out of Iraq by the end of August 2010, Gen. David Petraeus (the commander of American forces in Afghanistan) laid out a new set of plans for the Afghan war.
These new “rules” expanded restrictions on artillery strikes and aerial bombardment but attempt to build a sense trust with the Afghan people who, for the most part, want the Taliban out of the country just as much as the American troops do.
In these rules, the general exhorts the troops to take off their sunglasses, get out and walk among the civilians whenever possible, generally “be a good guest” and, or course, “drink lots of tea.”
And these new rules especially hit home for me, as my brother Michael is currently serving in the Army over in Afghanistan. Hope he brought plenty of good tea with him!
Wishing all our troops safety, health and plenty of great tea experiences – come home soon!