Afghanistan

“Bringing a better life to the people in Afghanistan”:

Ex-Special Forces serviceman Matthew Griffin was back in Afghanistan, on one of many trips to the nation he fell in love with while fighting there from 2003 to 2006, seeking for a way to help a people he remembered as unusually generous.

Full Story – Reuters

Fair enough… I’m happy for him and all, but I find it funny that this venture is getting as much press as it is.  I’m not stupid enough to believe that EVERYONE in Afghanistan hates Americans and is out to kill American troops, because that is simply not the case.  That said, convincing Americans that we should somehow feel obligated to help these people by purchasing a $65 – $75 flip flop is ridiculous and I can’t believe people are falling for it.

There is no mention of any money being donated back to the Afghan people on the website, so I am assuming that this “support” just comes from creating jobs for them and paying their wages.  Without knowing the exact answer, I’d put money on the guess that labor in Afghanistan is incredibly cheap, so you can throw out the justification for a $65 – $75 priced flip flop out the window regarding that.  Container shipping is very cheap also, so don’t try and tell me getting them to the USA costs a lot.  Someone is making a killing here, and I’m betting it’s not the Afghan people who are making these things.  There are lots of companies in the US that could be making this exact flip flop, the only difference is that it would mean less profit for Combat Flip Flops.

Maybe I should start getting all my products made in China and claim that I’m “supporting the Chinese who died building our railroads, and who were annihilated in WWII”.  Would that work? :P Call me an insensitive douchebag if you want, but I really don’t see the difference.

If your fall flip flop fund is up around the $75 range, and you’re looking to support workers in a foreign country  then head over to the Combat Flip Flops website and buy something.

Thoughts?

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Death finds you.  It gets you on its own terms:

Boomer is an experienced war dog at the height of his profession in Afghanistan. But when he is seriously wounded and loses his Marine handler to an IED, his war is not over. Instead, he finds himself assigned to Jimmy, a young Marine struggling with the loss of a brother and finding his own place in life. With Boomer’s leadership and the friendship of a Persian-American surfer girl, Jimmy faces the harsh realities of combat and discovers love in a place you’d never expect.

Working dogs, especially military and LE ones are so awesome.

I have somewhat of a love-hate relationship with indie films such as this.  I’ve seen a lot that were amazing, but others were terrible and I wish I could get those hours of my life back.  This movie looks like it has potential, but the love story part of it I could do without.

The movie is currently still in development, and there is no set release date.

Thoughts?

Hat tip: Kevin, Arthur

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The Onion reports from Afghanistan:

I like when military/gun stuff shows up on The Onion.

I always find it amazing how many people think stories on The Onion are real.  I suppose some of them are believable if they are seen out of context.

Hat tip: Rich

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I hope his hearing eventually recovered, but part of me doubts it:

Anyone ever seen something similar, or had that happen to them?

The picture is of blog reader (and recent 5.11 polo shirt & pants winner) Brent in Afghanistan.  I thought it was fitting for this post.

 

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Check out the full photo sets over at The Atlantic and a similar one at The Big Picture.

Most of the time when I see pictures of Afghanistan I think “Wow that really looks like it sucks there”.   I see it’s winter there now though, and it appears to suck even more than usual.

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Over in Afghanistan:

I was expecting something funny, but not that! haha

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