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Observations from a Marine enlisted guy in Afghanistan: Notes from the Sandbox #5

US Morale:

Morale among our guys is very high. They not only believe that they are winning, but that they are winning decisively. They are stunned and dismayed by what they see in the American press, whom they almost universally view as against them. The embedded reporters are despised and distrusted. Our guys are inflicting casualties at a rate of 20-1 and then see lies like “Are we losing in Iraq” on TV and the print media. For the most part, our guys are satisfied with their equipment, food, and leadership. Bottom line though, and they all say this, is that there are not enough guys there to drive the final stake through the heart of the insurgency, primarily because there aren’t enough troops in-theater to shut down the borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Iranians and the Syrians just can’t stand the thought of Afghanistan being an American ally (with, of course, permanent US bases there).

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