Gary Owen is an Army infantry and civil affairs veteran currently working as a civilian development worker in Afghanistan, where he has spent the last six years looking for the reconstruction silver lining. He runs the blog "Sunny in Kabul," and is a regular contributor to the Afghan Analysts Network and Vice News. He and his wife call Texas home. Gary Owen is a pseudonym.
It’s easy to understand why someone would want to counter conventional wisdom on America’s intervention in Afghanistan. An unbroken stream of negative reporting from the so called “graveyard of empires” means Afghanistan has gone from being the “good war” to another war America can’t end fast enough. Looking at an American intervention that’s going to end, not with a bang, but on a deadline, it can be tough to find the silver lining.