Monday, 11 January 2010

Gen. McChrystal visit, page 3

A news crew was here during the entire visit filming the brief, the award ceremony and the shura. The second picture shows Diane Sawyer covering her head with a scarf after being admonished (jokingly) by Gov. Rahkman that the Taliban will beat her if they see her without a head covering. I was surprised how young (and frankly attractive) Diane Sawyer looked in person; several of my colleagues made similar remarks (one called her totally hot). Lasty, two helicopters came in around 4PM and took the news crew and the general back.

I feel most fortunate to have had an opportunity to see and experience the modus opporandi of such a successful person who is undoubtedly under strong pressure from a wide variety of people and widely held range of opinions on how to succeed. Several of the military leaders remarked how relaxed he seems to be under all the pressure, and it may be a relief for him to get out amongst the soldiers and away from all the "experts" and the conflicting approaches to such a difficult and challenging international situation.


  1. I love seeing what you're doing while you're gone! Everyone at the Bridge Center was talking about the article in the paper on Sun. It was dated Jan. 3!

  2. Tom,
    Thanks for the unfiltered insight to what is happening in Afghanistan. You deserve a big "thanks" from all of us here in the USA for the sacrifice you are doing in helping out over there. I really enjoyed your pictures and comments. Hope you continue to do well over there.
    Greg Boland