I grew up in the 60's and 70's…in fact, I even had a draft number during the Vietnam era. Never got drafted…and, to speak as truthfully as possible, I was one of those who was very "scared" of the concept of war. Now, in hindsight, I wish I would have spent some time in the chaplaincy…for a number of reasons. But lately I've been praying for our men/women in Afghanistan and other places…praying for their protection and for the incredible issues of suffering that they must be enduring. I want to make something perfectly clear…I have mixed feelings about war. I've lived long enough and read enough history to see it in many respects as a necessary evil. Without belaboring the point, I've been watching what's been going on in Afghanistan for the years the USA has been there…and I have a tendency to agree with those who have said – either get in there and win the battle or get the h*** out of there. To prolong this suffering and "necessary evil" is unjustifiable in my "humble" opinion. I watched firsthand our country play politics with Vietnam much to the destruction of people I cared for…to play politics now as people are dying is ridiculous and amoral. So, that's my quick take…just had to get it off my heart…don't know why..but, hey, that's what blogs are for, right?