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

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.

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  9. John Means

    I just wanted to say, what a powerful message you have said in your column.
    I have friends in the US Military as well as the UK special forces and they are all very fustrated with the situation! Thank you for your service Tyler!! All of us support you the veterans and the foundation. Keep up the amazing work you do and the amazing shirts that myself and all my friends wear.

  10. Leanne Groom

    As a vet, I have had so many feelings surrounding this, mostly anger and disbelief. Our generation worked so HARD for so LONG to bring peace and keep terrorism at bay….we held the clip on the grenade that was the Taliban and now our commander in chief has pulled the pin and handed it to our kids.

  11. dk

    Vet2Vet…thanks for posting.

    Unfortunately, most CIV have absolutely no idea what goes on in other parts of the world (other than the skewed snippets of mass media reports).

    Hopefully sane, level heads will start prevailing soon.

  12. Cindy

    Never wonder “for what?” Those that have sacrificed, given up everything for this country should never wonder if their sacrifice is worth it. You were there so someone else didn’t have to be. You were there to protect and give life because it was what was asked of you and you fulfilled your mission. Your friend should never think his loss was in vain simply because the powers that be made the wrong choice. In that time, in that moment, his sacrifice was and still is an amazing gift of service. Thank you both for your service.


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