Army vet speaks out on Afghan fall: "I am truly scared for this country"

Army vet speaks out on Afghan fall: "I am truly scared for this country" - Nine Line Apparel

I served this nation as a Night Stalker in the U.S. Army’s 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment, providing close air support in Blackhawk helicopters to Rangers, Delta Force, Special Forces and Navy SEALs.

I am proud of the service to my nation. I have always been and will continue to be relentlessly patriotic.

But it is heartbreaking to see what’s unfolding in Afghanistan before our eyes.

In 2013 I started the Nine Line Foundation to assist my West Point classmate, Capt. Edward “Flip” Klein, who lost three limbs while deployed to Afghanistan.

Three limbs. Now I wonder, for what?

My friends and family have sacrificed more for this nation than can ever be repaid, but we always felt it was worth the price.

It's worth the fight to ensure freedom remains where tyranny and oppression once reigned. It’s worth the fight to ensure freedom for all Americans.

We speak of the importance of being “woke.” We’re even told saying EVERY life matters is disrespectful to some. The new religion of politics is COVID, and it’s being used to ensure we remain afraid and distracted from what’s really going on.

This administration doesn’t fear the Taliban, Chinese expansionism, or any other existential threat currently facing the nation.

Instead, this administration fears facts, transparency, and anyone who dares question the drivers of its incredibly ill-conceived policies.

I am truly scared for this country, our Afghanistan Army counterparts, and the future we’re now setting in motion. I fear my children will likely return as warfighters to re-fight a war that was all but won.

Even after the U.S. utilized a nuclear option to end WWII, we maintained a presence in Japan for decades.

Maintaining a small presence of elite soldiers to ensure all the gains we made were not lost overnight was a simple and agreed upon strategy.

Sometimes taking no action is the right action, and ever since this administration has taken over, the idea of changing things for the sake of change or political wins seems to be the only real objective.

It’s an old Army adage that “If it ain’t broke, don't fix it.” Someone may want to clue in our commander in chief that while his position is to make the final decision, for the love of God, he should listen to the seasoned warfighters who are providing him advice.

Mr. President, I beg you, make decisions for the betterment of the free world and your country, not just your political party.


8 comments


  • Rebecca Scarborough

    I honor your sacrifice for our country ❤️. I agree with what you said. America needs leadership!


  • Michael Sipos

    Well stated. There will be some that will claim that President Donald Trump started the drawdown but what is missing is more details on his plan going forward from there. The trump administration had a plan to engage the taliban in a political process so they would become vested in the outcome politically. Once that plan was abandoned by the Biden administration the taliban had no investment on the world stage. We didn’t compel them to be vested in that. Major mistake. What you had with Trump was an administration with a crafted step by step plan which was disregarded and plans canceled by the “adults in charge now” (laughable) which led to this current catastrophe. Another notable mention has to go to obama for releasing from gitmo the terrorist along with 4 others in 2014 during the Bergdahl trade who now today is in charge of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Brilliant move there bama. Myself and my family wish to express our love and appreciation for all our soldiers who served so Valiantly in that hostile region. Your service and dedication will not be forgotten by us. Michael


  • Susan Fladager

    Very well said! Prayers for our country and especially our soldiers.🙏


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