Liam Neeson, the actor best known for his hostile, man-on-a-mission role in the kidnapping thriller ‘Taken,’ attempted to soften his image this Christmas by auditioning to play Santa Claus on Late Night with Stephen Colbert. However, things go awry when he can’t seem to shake his his ‘Taken’ persona, resulting in a very dark and seemingly murderous Santa Claus.
We'd been in country since the second week of December. We had completed riding shotgun with our predecessors and had fully taken over our duties from them. I was one of the convoy commanders for runs to the airfield. The other guy had perfect teeth. We called him Chompers. We’d switch out every few days.
As I sit here comfortably at my desk nursing a scotch in a plastic cup after my guard unit Christmas party, I can’t help but feel nostalgia for my time spent away from home. While I wouldn’t trade Christmas morning at home with my wife and daughter for anything, I will forever recall those Christmases spent overseas fondly. Surprisingly, the things I miss the most about Christmas in Afghanistan are the same things that I missed when I was stuck there among my fellow Army members.