It is a disorienting shift, to put it mildly, to return home from a combat zone where people were actively trying to kill you.
I first met Michael in early May 2011, while I was in Washington on leave from the combat zone in Afghanistan.
Bales may have harbored hopes of getting out of the combat zone, perhaps by becoming a military recruiter, as Browne has said.
I recognize that it's easier to criticize a battle plan from outside the combat zone.
Well-meaning outsiders applauded but few understood the reverse multiplier effect of a soldier getting pregnant in a combat zone.
One of the fathers, Ostap, claimed that his son, after spending over 90 days in the combat zone, had a legal right to take leave.
The situation developed rapidly, probably because we had only six days before our scheduled departure into the combat zone.