Well, good morning.
Back in 2009, during the first go-around of IBOL, my boss use to give me some grief about working on IBOL. If you have time enough for that, he’d say, you have time to hunt the car bomb makers. Those were dark days still, a time when some very angry people really were making and setting of what seemed like a car bomb a day. Truck bombs, too.
For me, though, it wasn’t just about getting to the car bombs before they went off, it was about keeping people from making them. The bundles were a big part of them. Reconnect the people to their leaders, re-establish the link between those with grievances and those who are in a position to address them. Bundles, I saw, were a part of that.
These days feel somewhat like that again. As the US draws down her personnel, and begins to end the advise and assist mission that brought us here in partnership with the will of the Iraqi Government and her people, it’s time to be vigilant and safely bring our men and women home.
My boss says that when you’ve been shot, it’s not time to cure cancer. I’m not worried about Iraq; she’ll be fine. But we will not go gentle into that good night.
Which leaves the ongoing efforts in Afghanistan. And this last week of putting stuff into the mail, so that it might arrive in our Gregorian month of August, also known as Ramadan. These bundles won’t cure cancer, not by a long shot. But they are tools, very simple tools, to help with that. While I labor away here in Baghdad, helping to close up shop and helping to ward off those who would do us harm, Please put those last bundles into the mail. Ramadan will be upon us soon, and with it, the goal of using bundles during this, a season of giving and introspection.