Prior to the Taliban gaining nearly every territory in Afghanistan, there was one major thing the Pentagon wanted all of America to know : a mandated vaccination! Required to serve in our US Military!
What cuts me to the core is this idea the Pentagon would be more concerned about the shot in the arm over , I don’t know, protecting a region until we fully could leave ! If the focus wasn’t on vaccination, I do believe the Pentagon would have been on the ball to prevent multiple detonations at Kabul Airport by our enemy. Why our military is meddling in this political game instead of defending our service men and women is beyond me.
If focus was truly on the Intel received about Taliban’s move to control Afghanistan , I believe 13 US service-members would be alive today! Instead, they wanted to make sure everyone knew soldiers were somehow safer with a shot in the arm over actual protection on the battlefield. It’s another example of how COVID has distracted from other real issues this country and it’s citizenry faces.
Not preparing our military for warfare but making sure they get the jab, is beyond infuriating. It’s like people being told to not go to the hospital for things like a heart attack or worse, because COVID was the end all be all for healthcare. I’m very concerned about the botched exit from Afghanistan and even more concerned that the military seems stumped how to solve the crisis.
I write this as someone who has been vaccinated and I support the vaccine efforts. Yet, for the Pentagon to be so pompous about the shot in the arm , and so scared about combating actual warfare and sieges, it does raise a cause for concern . We must vaccinate and also prevent the enemy from detonating an IED or bomb that could kill more US service members and the Afghani people!
As the August 31st deadline of leaving Afghanistan looms, Alex Garrett Podcasting implores President Biden and the military to be inspired by the poem ‘If’ By Rudyard Kipling! Find the actual podcast link below!
Here is the actual poem by Kipling in its entirety:
‘If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!’
On his YouTube channel and his podcast, Alex Garrett looks at the disastrous exit out of Afghanistan from a New York City perspective .
It is a slap in the face to NYC that the region we have fought so hard to get rid of terrorism easily falls apart in NYC. Alex points out that it’s as if defending the city 20 yrs later from terrorism means nothing to the Biden administration.
Alex also expands on the idea that the grief suffered for 20 years of those who lost family members fighting in Afghanistan has been returned watching the work fall to ruin in just one week!
Alex Garrett Podcasting talks about adapting to a dollar that has lost its value due to inflation. I discuss the idea that ridding us of this $3.5 Trillion infrastructure bill will help level off inflation!
Jason Van Camp, former Green Beret and Chairman of Mission Six Zero, breaks down the problems our military is seeing in Afghanistan as we leave .
Leading off the podcast, I discuss how New York State will adapt to a Governor Cuomo-less Albany!
On Tuesday ‘s edition of Alex Garrett Podcasting, author Kevin D. Miller re-joined ! The conversation ranged from perspective on the military mandating vaccines as well as an update on his writings .‘
Find out about the journey his first book, ‘Heart of Steel’, has taken into motion picture development as well as how this pandemic and vaccine push relates to award-winning ‘White Skies , Black Mingo’!
There is no doubt we have turned numerous corners in the fight against COVID-19. As Memorial Day draws near, and this weekend inspires us to get outside, let’s not lose our focus on continuing to social distance and defeat corona-virus.
Let’s not totally bring ourselves down about the corona-virus, either. Instead, we should focus on Content Better Than Corona! As I’ve been saying all week, we can be inspired during this lock-down, not feel mired in it!
This weekend, alone, The Greatest Generation itself should be recognized for surviving COVID-19! Say what? Just a Google search and I have literally found story after story of our elders, both American and across the globe, who battled in World War II and now battle through COVID-19 and survive!
On Long Island, ABC 7NY reported on a come-back story for 100 year old, World War II vet, Walter Reed. His name really is Walter Reed and the fact that he is named such, could have the spirit of the man who ‘Walter Reed Hospital’ was named after! The story of 100 year old Walter Reed’s time fighting COVID is remarkable. He fought off pneumonia at the same time and was recovering from a broken hip! He also dealt with loneliness, as he explained to ABC7 Eyewitness News. The kicker for me is that this WWII hero was still driving at 99 until his hip broke in February 2020. Imagine driving at 99! His quote to Stacey Sager on longevity, “Be nice to your fellow man and treat him right.” (https://abc7ny.com/health/wwii-vet-who-beat-covid-gets-surprise-parade-for-100th-birthday/6137864/?fbclid=IwAR1z2wM9cGBQ2CE0h_7hxq-0F8BIDdMw1wpu119lgAwELL-YiPB4Dn_FYnk)
Historical reference showed that Dr. Walter Reed in 1901 was a U.S. Army physician who headed up the fight against yellow fever. Yellow fever was the pestilence Theodore Roosevelt warned his troop leaders about in the Army. It had afflicted 4,000 members of his Fifth Corps. Troop. After Dr. Reed and his team had found this to be transmitted by mosquitoes, science took to the fight and his discovery helped make the Panama Canal a possibility. You can find all of Dr. Walter Reed’s research here at University of Virginia (https://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:2513789). His work has definitely helped transform the military and helped better protect us and keep us stronger, both on and off the battle-field! I could say the same about the inspiration of 100 year old hero Walter Reed on Freeport, Long Island!
Not every member of WWII have survived corona. As of May 15th, 700 of the remaining 300k vets have passed on because of their health accelerated by COVID-19. USA Today talked with 97 year old Veteran Paul Grassey, who had been a B-24 bomber in WWII has this message to combat COVID-19 and protect more lives. Grassey told USA TODAY, “We fought a war and won it in three and a half years after a great national effort, and that’s the only thing we can do today with this virus, come together to beat it…I’m an American,” Grassey says. “All I want to see is us get together again.” (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/05/15/coronavirus-deaths-claim-wwii-vets-steals-part-us-history/3120671001/)
For those of the Greatest Generation that do survive this evil virus, resiliency is doing its part. I asked veteran Jason Van Camp, author of ‘Deliberate Discomfort’ and creator of Warrior Rising, about The Greatest Generation. Retired Green Beret Van Camp said the way the Greatest Generation dealt with their trauma of war-time, “they confided with their brothers-in-arms, the people who experienced these things with them. It was widely accepted you just don’t talk about it.” You can listen to my conversation with Jason, here ! (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/28198927)
The Greatest Generation has now been shown to survive COVID-19 because they just have learned to work through adversity. They fought through hell and survived in the 40s and are working to fight through their ailments , including COVID-19, to this day!
Most importantly, be sure to say thanks to those who have served, even if at a social distance this Memorial Day Weekend. Say thanks to the nurses and doctors who have also made sure to help keep the Greatest Generation and everyone suffering during this time comfortable as we all work to stay healthy during this COVID crisis!