Son has advised that, due to circumstances, won't be coming home for Christmas. Going to save the (short)leave time available and try to take a bit longer leave early next year. Before they deploy to bloody Afghanistan, which he just found out for sure early this month.
After reading, this past while, about the Afghan government telling rape victims "You can be pardoned from your death sentence for illegal sex if you marry the rapist" and other such things, and its working with terrorists and so forth, I'm about convinced that
A: Bombing most of Afghanistan back into the stone age might well be an improvement, and
B: The world would be a safer and happier place.
I can't remember who wrote it a while back, that the best solution would be to, after sufficient cause, going in with a force and stomping hell out of the bad guys and their supporters and telling them, just before we leave, "Don't make us come back." Problem is, we don't have enough politicians with the balls and sense of reality to do it.