I seldom read or watch the “news”, and seldom believe what I hear or read when I do. But an email from a friend in SWA gives me hope:
The military is grappling with accomplishing something that we don't train for, that we rarely do, and that is, frankly, confusing to us - wrapping up the mission. We train on how to initiate action, how to maintain continuity, progress, change course, and all kinds of things - but simply "stop" doing what we do is not in our vocabulary. I've asked who the next "enduring" point of contact is for projects - and I've received emails simply saying "no one." It's a novel experience.
A lot of people here are in denial - the mission is really ending? Nobody seems to be able to just let go - everyone is driving hard to the very last day, minute, second.
This may be the real thing.
* Sunrise over the Aral Sea.