On Jan. 20, six gunmen armed with AK-47s and grenades stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. Over the next 14 hours, the assailants waged a fierce battle with Afghan security forces that left 43 people dead, according to local news. It was just one of multiple attacks across the country over the weekend, as U.S.-led forces increase their efforts against an increasingly brazen insurgency. But the Pentagon was scrambling to avert another crisis: rescuing tens of thousands of troops overseas from the threat of missing an NFL conference title game on TV.
The phrase blue falcon is traditionally used in the military as a stand-in for “buddy fucker” — like, say, the underage private who gets a DUI on the way back from the strip club, then dimes out his comrades for buying him beers. There’s (at least) one in every unit, and he will always find you, and screw you over. Living with blue falcons is a well-worn part of military life.