November 10th, 2010
10:30 AM ET

Slice of life in a war zone

In part of the series, the Other Afghan Offensive, CNN's Jill Dougherty spends a day at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan.

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  1. storm1989

    yes...Iraq, Agf, Vitnam were soooo unarmed. I agree that war isn't always the answer but to say that the countries were unarmed is stupid. if they were then we wouldnt of have to fire a missle or a bullet. But they are armed. with bombs, guns, rpg's etc. were not fighting the countries themselves as you perceive it. We are simply fighting or trying to find those that threaten our country. They've bombed us, and have attacked us in different countries when we were in a time of peace so to speak. They brought this upon themselves, now there dealing with the loss and are trying to portray the U.S as the bad guy.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
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  5. LarryKegel(US Army)

    I know GOD was the one that started the World!!! If things keep on going the way things are... Either GOD are Man will end the World!!! If it is man... It will be because of places like Ira are North Korea!!! If GOD does it, it will be like it was the last time GOD change the World...

    November 16, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
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  7. RSAT4

    Its very hard to get to american ears, I am trying my level best to get in it. I am happy because you seems to be getting the massage, all I asked from you is to spread massage to all Americans. I belief if you guys can change your way of approaching things this world will be safer place. Why cant you learn from South Africans. A Gun is not solution, the best thing is to seat down and sort your differences. God has given us brain which powerfull than all creatures, so why cant we use it. Yes we go for fight okay, we fight.. fight.. fight but at end of the day we will need to seat down and talk. Why didn't we take the shortcut and avoid fighting.

    All I can tell you is that there was way of dealing with 9-11 ortherthan going to war. Yes I agree people died there and i am not happy about that and belief no one has right to kill another person. What you should have done to those whom you think are responsible is to find a movite behind their actions. Tell me, have you solve anything by going to war, the answer is big NO! but instead you have worsen the situation. Anyway I am black christian South African who doesn't in war. Yes country might have crime but we are working on it and we are aware that people are doing crime because of hunger. Amen

    November 13, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      That is because we have a small percent of People in This Country that doesn't like the Majority to rule!!! They want to rule This Country...

      November 14, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
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    • storm1989

      rsat4 at the end you realize that you just defended why you have crime in your own country saying its because of hunger. You justify things that happen in your own or with your own country but bash others. U.S isn't perfect either nor will it ever be. your hunger is different than our hunger. yours may be the literal tearm for food or hunger for peace or justice in your country. As for us i believe it's a hunger for Justice, we have lost people in attacks at embassy's and on our own soil. We simply want to get to the people or person responsible and that isn't going to happen without a fight. negotiations are off the books. They are not going to just give up their leader, it has never happened nor will it ever happen. There are too many power hungry people out there. This world will never know the true meaning of peace until it's over.

      November 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LarryKegel(US Army)

    We (sorry)

    November 12, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. LarryKegel(US Army)

    WQe would never got involved if They didn't come to the United States and kill Our People!!!

    November 12, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kate

    This is the third time you have pasted the same cr@p here try to do something original for a change.

    November 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hil

    Dear Jill, I worked and lived in Afghanistan for 5 years, the most recent 2 years with U.S. and NATO forces in rural provinces, I wish you could spend couple of days to travel to such areas and witness harsh living for both military and civilian and all the good work we do in the grass roots, in particular in DSTs. American people deserve to see the reality behind Kabul compound lavish life style.

    In any case, thank you for traveling to my beloved Afghanistan, a country I love dearly and can't wait to return soon.

    November 11, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Hil: I agree, they need to get out and see how people live in the countryside (military, State, USAID, USDA, etc). Kabul is like a vacation in comparison. I had a year in Kabul and a year in the South, and neither year was 'plush', but the outer range is where you get daily reminders that we're at war.

      November 18, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LarryKegel(US Army)

    It looks like a Beautiful Country... The People deserve the right to live in happy in PEACE there!!!

    November 11, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Julius

    Jill, there are more than 30 spouses to Foreign Service Officers living and working on the compound in Kabul, Afghanistan right now and have been for the past 2 years. You might want to correct that little piece that Ms. Eikenberry is the only family member living and working here at the embassy. It is actually an insult to those that have followed their spouses into a war zone and done important jobs for the Embassy to dismiss them completely like you do in your piece...

    November 11, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      I didn't understand the words of the song!!! But it is a Beautiful Country... The People deserve to enjoy it in PEACE!!!

      November 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hil

      Julius, that is very true, there are many spouses at the embassy, many of whom literally left their homes and family to contribute in rebuilding this torn country. Hats off to all and each one of them, in particular to Ching Eikenburry, my dear friend who is going above and behind to help Afghanistan.

      Tashakor

      November 11, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
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  14. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Is she working to make sure the women gets good salary??? Otherwise what is the sense of working for nothing???

    November 10, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Money, is that all you think of?

      November 11, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Money is the root of all Evils!!!

        November 11, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Quite right,Larry. That's why this country's constantly at war! What we need to do is raise the level of income taxes 10% on everybody every time we go to war and ought to stop them.

        November 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gareth Glaser

    Hi Jill, just saw your story about Afghan women being trained/allowed to do "mens work". You might want to do a piece which updates Americans on the work that Shannon Galpin of Mountain 2 Mountain (M2M) has been doing in Afghanistan to empower women for the last few years, primarily in education, womens prisons, etc. It is great that the US State Dept. is recognizing the importance of such work. You can contact Shannon directly or through M2M's website at M2M.org. Shannon has been interviewed previously about her projects in Afghanistan.

    November 10, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  16. BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

    Anything to drum up support for this obnoxious war!

    November 10, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      It would be nice if They weren't using slave labor to make Their goods!!!

      November 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |