We've been playing paddycake with the Taliban for what? 11 years now?
Its the graveyard of Empires, except one:
As a member of the USCG Auxiliary, and involved in operations (public safety patrols on the water), I am happy to see all of those kids in the Romney boat in life jackets.
Sorry - professional interest. If you go on the water, please wear a PFD, and if you go out please do a float plan (let someone know that you are leaving, where you are going, and when you expect to be back). Float plans make the 'S' part of 'SAR' much easier.