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Why are we still in Afghanistan?

I don't know. I have a hard time understanding this war. I know why we went in, and I thought it was the right thing to do, and still do. But since about 2002, this war has seemed adrift, and since 2005, since the government of Pakistan went into opposition, it has been getting messier and messier.

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A female deputy of the 1st Cavalry division

The Army announced on Friday that a female brigadier general would become a deputy commander of the 1st Cavalry Division. This is the first time I can remember that happening. It strikes me as a moment of cultural significance for the Army, given that active-duty divisions are kind of the soul of the Army. Also, I think her husband currently is a DCG of the 1st Cav. So this also may be the first time a wife succeeds a husband in the post.

"Brig. Gen. Laura J. Richardson, commanding general, U.S. Army Operational Test Command, Fort Hood, Texas, to deputy commanding general, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas."