Sen. Scott Brown has taken some well deserved criticism for his political stances, but you have to respect his decision regarding where to do his reserve training:
“As a lieutenant colonel in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, I have service obligations that I fulfill each year.
“Following in the tradition of other lawmakers who have completed their military service requirements overseas, this year I have requested to conduct my annual training in Afghanistan.
“Doing so will help me to better understand our ongoing mission in that country, and provide me first-hand experience for my duties on the Senate Armed Services, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs committees,” he said.
I think it’s safe to say that Sen. Lt. Col. Brown won’t be serving on any combat missions, it’s still a solid move to go over there in uniform. Politically, I don’t know how he doesn’t choose there or Iraq without taking shots from the Left, and probably some on the right. I’d probably criticism the move if he chose to serve in Florida or San Diego for his training.
And considering he could have chosen the safer training ground in Iraq (thank you President Bush and the Surge), it’s bold that he chose Afghanistan, where more soldiers are dying.
Hat Tip: The Corner