A congressman, Rep. Mark Amodei, is finding it hard to sign up colleagues for a Congressional Delegation trip to Afghanistan to visit the troops over the holidays. I guess they don’t mind having the troops deployed and away from their own families during that holiday, but can’t impose upon themselves to make a trip. From the Washington Post;
The Nevada Republican, a freshman, sent a missive looking for folks to join him to celebrate the holiday with the troops on a trip that takes off Dec.21 and doesn’t return to Washington until Dec. 29. Not that folks don’t want to visit the war zone to light the Yuletide fires, it’s just that most already have plans with their kith and kin that time of year.
It’s ten days out of your lives, folks. The troops who will be there when you arrive will still be there when you leave. Their families will have celebrated Christmas without them. And most of them probably had other plans for the holiday season before they were called. So Ranger up, assholes.