today a little more current history at first and then back to horsing around with horses and war.
it is the very end of August and the US forces ended the official presence in Afghanistan or so appears.
Prima Facie this withdrawal was one of the most disgraceful, horrendously miscalculated and badly planned, run and executed military operations in the history of US Armed Forces. It is basically a sound defeat inflicted on the US Armed Forces, mostly due to the volition of our elected politicians and political elites (aided greatly by the media).
Pacem aeternam to all who lost their lives during this operation.
In the olden days the responsible would have taken their own sword or at least sought pardon and even resigned. While US Army would undertake court martial proceedings and seek a deep and thorough explanation of such a defeat as this one.
But we live in a different world nowadays.
Back to horses - Almost 20 years ago certain elements of US Army Special Forces started operations in different parts of then Taliban run Afghanistan .
These special and very elite soldiers, starting then this war that took 20 years to end?, actually used horses, donkey to execute their operations- you can listen and watch to general Don Bolduc talking about the horses and their importance in those stages of land operation in Afghanistan.
Or you can read the Real Hero Report on the horse soldiers in Afghanistan here. Or you can do your own search - :)
Nota bene there is a horse soldier unit within US Army 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas (almost wrote Republic of Texas -;) )
they even made a feature film about one of the Special Forces operations that Fall 2001.