My son recently finished his training at the reproduction Afghan village the Army has set up in the Mojave Desert. He has turned out to be the best shot in his squad, so is now their designated marksman, which means that he will be carrying an M14 rather than an M4 rifle on certain missions.
Johnny recently spoke to a liberal who, in reference to his recent training, asked, "That was about winning their hearts and minds, right?"
Johnny just grunted noncommittally.
I'm afraid the only way he has been trained to "win" anybody's heart or mind is by putting a well-placed bullet into each.
All I can do is fervently hope it's not the other way around.
I also hope, quite frankly, that he has an incredibly boring stint over in Afghanistan where the possibility of either occurrence is nil.
I like my thus-far non-PTSDed son just the way he is.