The next week or so will be important for three reasons. The first, of course, is because of the recent turmoil which has erupted in the streets of Tehran. The second is because of the looming deadline of 30 June, by which all US combat forces must be out of the cities. And last, but certainly not least, is when I take my long-anticipated block leave to Cairns, Australia to dive off of the Great Barrier Reef.
I didn’t plan to take my block leave during such a tumultuous period, but that’s the way everything panned out. I have the feeling that, with the 30 June deadline occurring during leave, I might be coming to a different Iraq. Who knows how much change I will see when I come back—although my instinct seems to tell me that there will be little change at all.
Finally, today is Fathers’ Day in the US. I would record a video, but seeing that the Mothers’ Day video I recorded and placed on Facebook is not viewable by my family, I’m not going to go that route again. Rest assured, Mom, that the video was quite nice—even the Sackets Harbor Village Clerk liked it.
So, without further ado, Happy Fathers’ Day. Dad, your gift is probably late. But I have excuses, of course…