I've got permission to go hot with this. This is typical of what I've been hearing.
It's a manifesto of sorts from a Staff Sergeant in the fight in Afghanistan. He had an experience recently while on mid-tour leave to see his wife and baby boy that was the last straw:
Things that I am tired of in this war:
I am tired of Democrats saying they are patriotic and then insulting my commander in chief and the way he goes about his job.
am tired of Democrats who tell me they support me, the soldier on the
ground, and then tell me the best plan to win this war is with a
“phased redeployment” (liberal-speak for retreat) out of the combat
zone to someplace like Okinawa.
I am tired of the Democrats
whining for months on T.V., in the New York Times, and in the House and
Senate that we need more troops to win the war in Iraq, and then when
my Commander in Chief plans to do just that, they say that is the wrong
plan, it won’t work, and we need a “new direction.”
I am tired
of every Battalion Sergeant Major and Command Sergeant Major I see over
here being more concerned about whether or not I am wearing my uniform
in the “spot on,” most garrison-like manner; instead of asking me
whether or not I am getting the equipment I need to win the fight, the
support I need from my chain of command, or if the chow tastes good.
am tired of junior and senior officers continually doubting the
technical expertise of junior enlisted soldiers who are trained far
better to do the jobs they are trained for than these officers believe.
am tired of senior officers and commanders who fight this war with more
of an eye on the media than on the enemy, who desperately needs killing.
am tired of the decisions of Sergeants and Privates made in the heat of
battle being scrutinized by lawyers who were not there and will never
really know the state of mind of the young soldiers who were there and
what is asked of them in order to survive.
I am tired of CNN
claiming that they are showing “news,” with videotape sent to them by
terrorists, of my comrades being shot at by snipers, but refusing to
show what happens when we build a school, pave a road, hand out food
and water to children, or open a water treatment plant.
tired of following the enemy with drones that have cameras, and then
dropping bombs that sometimes kill civilians; because we could do a
better job of killing the right people by sending a man with a high
powered rifle instead.
am tired of the thousands of people in the rear who claim that they are
working hard to support me when I see them with their mochas and their
PX Bags walking down the street, in the middle of the day, nowhere near
I am tired of Code Pink, Daily Kos,
Al-Jazzera, CNN, Reuters, the Associated Press, ABC, NBC, CBS, the
ACLU, and CAIR thinking that they somehow get to have a vote in how we
blast, shoot and kill these animals who would seek to subdue us and
I am tired of people like Meredith Vieria from NBC
asking oxygen thieves like Senator Chuck Hagel questions like “Senator,
at this point, do you think we are fighting and dying for nothing?”
Meredith might not get it, but soldiers do know the difference between
fighting and dying for something and fighting and dying for nothing.
am tired of hearing multiple stories from both combat theaters about
snipers begging to do their jobs while commanders worry about how the
media might portray the possible casualties and what might happen to
I am tired of hearing that the Battalion Tactical
Operations Center got a new plasma screen monitor for daily briefings,
but rifle scope rings for sniper rifles, extra magazines, and necessary
field gear were disapproved by the unit supply system.
tired of out of touch general officers, senators, congressmen and
defense officials who think that giving me some more heavy body armor
to wear is helping me stay alive. Speed is life in combat and wearing
55 to 90 pounds of gear for 12 to 20 hours a day puts me at a great
tactical disadvantage to the idiot, mindless terrorist who is wearing
no armor at all and carrying an AK-47 and a pistol.
I am tired
of soldiers who are stationed in places like Kuwait and who are well
away from any actual combat getting Hostile Fire/Imminent Danger Pay
and the Combat Zone Tax Exclusion when they live on a base that has a
McDonald’s, a Pizza Hut, a Subway, a Baskin Robbins, an internet café,
2 coffee shops and street lights.
am tired of senior officers and commanders who take it out and
"measure" every time they want to have a piece of the action with their
helicopters or their artillery; instead of putting their egos aside and
using their equipment to support the grunt on the ground.
tired of senior officers and commanders who are too afraid for their
careers to tell the truth about what they need to win this war to their
bosses so that the soldiers can get on with kicking the ass of these
I am tired of Rules of Engagement being made by JAG
lawyers and not Combat Commanders. We are not playing Hopscotch over
here. There is no 2nd place trophy either. I think that if the enemy
knew some rough treatment and some deprivation was at hand for them,
instead of prayer rugs, special diets and free Korans; this might help
get their terrorist minds “right.”
I am tired of seeing Active
Duty Army and Marine units being extended past their original
redeployment dates, when there are National Guard Units that have yet
to deploy to a combat zone in the last 40 years.
I am tired of hearing soldiers who are stationed in safe places talk about how hard their life is.
am tired of seeing Infantry Soldiers conducting what amounts to “SWAT”
raids and performing the US Army’s version of “CSI Iraq” and doing
things like filling out forms for evidence when they could be better
used to hunt and kill the enemy.
I am tired of senior officers
and commanders who look first in their planning for how many casualties
we might take, instead of how many enemy casualties we might inflict.
I am tired of begging to be turned loose so that this war can be over.
of us who fight this war want to win it and go home to their families. Prolonging it with attempts to do things like collect “evidence” or
present whiz bang briefings on a new plasma screen TV is wasteful and
ultimately, dulls the edge of our Infantry soldiers who are trained to
kill people and break things, not necessarily in that order.
are not in Iraq and Afghanistan to build nations. We are there to kill
our enemies. We make the work of the State Department easier by the
results we achieve.
It is only possible to defeat an enemy who
kills indiscriminately by utterly destroying him. He cannot be made to
yield or surrender. He will fight to the death by the hundreds to kill
only one or two of us.
And so far, all of our “games” have been
“away games,” and I don’t know about the ignorant, treasonous Democrats
and the completely insane radical leftists and their thoughts on the
matter, but I would like to keep our road game schedule.
So let’s get it done. Until the fight is won and there is no more fight left.