Yes, I said it. Sweaty, dirty buttocks.

Before the Pub G and Call of Duty tough guys in their mom’s basement weigh-in on my Afghan peace party let me set the record straight.

The world still needs a big stick sometimes. And in some cases that stick needs to be used to send bad guys straight to hell. WWII was a great example of a war worth fighting. Hitler, and anyone who bought into his evil fantasy, needed to go.

The 20+ years Afghanistan War is quite the opposite. I’ll get to why in a minute.

I’m proud to have served, with a purpose, as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan immediately after the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks. My five-month tour was well spent. Even though I missed the birth of my son Hunter for it, I would have grabbed my deployment bags all over again if I had to.

However, there’s only so long you can play a bad opening hand of hold’em with a 2/7 off-suit. Sometimes it’s best to cut your losses and not throw good money after bad at the table thinking, “I’ll get that inside straight next hand!”

Afghanistan has been dealing America off-suit single-digit opening cards since 2003. Don’t believe me? Just ask anyone who’s served. Did they have a good reason for being in Afghanistan after 2003?

Then there’s the article I read today in the Economist. It popped into my Instagram feed and like a car wreck on the 101 freeway, I couldn’t look away. I generally enjoy reading the publication but nobody is perfect.