During two Afghanistan deployments, to Kandahar and later Kabul, between November 2009 and September 2011, I was employed in a part of the world of warcraft known in military circles as non-kinetic influence activities: activities undertaken to change minds, and hopefully actions, without relying on bullets and bombs. I want to explore briefly here my ten-month deployment to Kandahar in 2009-10, and what I hope will make it interesting to readers is how I experienced war through two radically different lenses.
"Colliding Discourses--Andrew D. Belyea,"
Journal of Military Experience: Vol. 2
, Article 6.
Available at: http://encompass.eku.edu/jme/vol2/iss1/6