Was It Worth It?

Last week, I had the chance to speak with a reporter from the French publication Le Point. We discussed the crisis unfolding in Kabul, and how my experiences in the Marines and in Afghanistan have shaped my opinions about what’s going on currently. You can check it out here if you like, it’s in French …

I Lost My War

If you’ve paid any attentions to the news this weekend, you saw that the Taliban have overrun Kabul. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is in exile, rumored to be hiding in Uzbekistan. Chaos reigned at the Kabul airport as thousands of Afghans tried to flee the country. The American war in Afghanistan, my war, is over. …

Afghanistan: A Grunt’s Eye View

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to a reporter from Reuters about my experiences in Afghanistan and my thoughts on the current withdrawal process, and they included me in their feature piece. You can check it out here. Basically, I think this is long overdue. As the war wound on and on and on, …

Book Review: “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini

Buckle up, this is gonna be a long review. “The Kite Runner” is a book written by an Afghan about Afghanistan, and I’ll tell you why thatvmade this such a great read for me. Once upon a time, yours truly was an infantry Marine. I deployed to Afghanistan twice, specifically to Helmand Province, near the …

Military Friday: Tactics and SOP’s in Afghanistan

Welcome to another edition of Military Fridays! This is a weekly feature where I, a Marine Corps veteran, help other writers create believable military characters or scenes. Today, I’ll be talking a bit about tactics and what SOP’s (standard operating procedures) looked like in Afghanistan. First off, I’ll discuss room clearing procedures. To begin, I’ll …

18 Years: The War in Afghanistan is an Adult Now

It’s that time, America’s little baby Afghanistan War is all grown up! It seems like just yesterday we watched it be born while the dust from the World Trade Center towers still mingled in the NYC air. I’m proud to say I was a part of the little guy’s life, aiding its growth in those …

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