Wednesday, September 13, 2006
A Very Cool Day
Just wrapping up a very interesting day...had an hour long meeting with the Afghan Minister of Defense, and then a working lunch with him...not me and a bunch of other people...just me and another US officer.
He was very engaging, spoke great English, and is passionately dedicated to his job. A real honor to meet him.
As for lunch, it was good. Have no clue what I ate, but I think it involved rice and lamb...there was other stuff, no clue what it was...They make excellent flat bread here.
Yesterday, I met with one of the deputy ministers of defense. Some days, I really like my job.
Monday, September 11, 2006
In the 'Stan
I am now in country...nothing much has changed since I left in December 04.
A bit upset that it has taken me this long to get back here, but that's another story.
No pictures yet, my days have been filled with meetings.
What I have seen is that the Afghan people seem dedicated to improving their standard of living. They want an effective National Army and Police Force.
There are signs of progress. There are even more cell-phones than 2 years ago. In ministry buildings, I have noticed more computers. Leaders are buying into long-term planning...this is significant in a country where day-to-day survival was not a given for the last 30 years.
The Taliban are stepping up their activity in and around Kabul, but they are killing more fellow Afghans than military personnel. Despite this increased activity, life goes on. There were additional police on the streets today, and it was relatively quiet here in town.
So far the visit is going well. More to follow, and I hope with some photographs.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Back to the 'Stan
I am going back into Afghanistan for a few weeks....stay tuned for updates.