Thoughts from a US Army SSGT in Afghanistan

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  1. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    It's a manifesto of sorts from a Staff Sergeant in the fight in
    Afghanistan.: :thumright:

    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.

    I 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.

    I 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.

    I 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.

    I 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.

    I am 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.

    I 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 their workspaces.

    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 destroy us.

    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.

    I 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 their career.

    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.

    I am 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.

    I 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.

    I am 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 animals.

    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.

    I 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. Those 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.

    We 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.
     
  2. He's tired then? I recommend a good night of sleep. It will all look better in the morning.
     
  3. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    DR: Somehow, I doubt that will work, in this case. All of those nasty things will still be in place in the morning. :cyclopsani:
     
  4. What complete and utter shite.
     
  5. I'd certainly salvage this as legitimate, the story of 70% if the CSMs of my career:

    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.
     
  6. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    I think he had you in mind in this statement.:

    "We 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. "

    In anycase WTF would a CRAB like you know about what a warrior thinks?
     
  7. I serious disagree with this statement, this bloke should be taken out of the line and put out to grass, Soldiers will usually be the ONLY contact with any foreigner that Afghans have, a US Soldier is AN AMBASSADOR FOR HIS NATION either in or out of combat. Rural Afghans don’t meet ‘State’, USAID or other Govt Development types because there are no decent Hotels, its too dangerous and Afghan hill villages don’t need lesbian outreach centres or birth control via Christian Prayer or any other bullsh1t that single issue pressure groups have forced ‘State’ to include in its twenty five cent ‘rebuilding package’. In a society as tribal as Afghanistan (very similar to parts of the US South) one victim of injustice can sway a thousand friends and relatives either way for years.

    I had thought this moronic ‘we don’t do Nation Building’ disconnect was being addressed through new doctrines....unless this bloke wants to spend the next hundred years watching Spin Boldak.

    The Greatest US Generation (1941-45 etc) DID do Nation Building, that is why for many, many years the US was the most respected and powerful Nation on Earth

    Thats AQ's plan as well in this the new 30 years + War, they have the patience - have you? Or are you going to start paying attention to your Grandfathers doctrines?
     
  8. I know enough to see that he's a fcuking moron, much like you.

    Believe it of not, I pay fairly close attention to why this guy was sent there. I think the most telling part was this:

    Does he really think his hateful little rant helps to promote the image of the United States? His beloved Commander in Chief, his cabinet members have explicitly stated that the purpose of the US presence in Afghanistan and Iraq is to nation build. In fact, contrary to A_J's point of view, I'd argue that if the reconstruction efforts WERE, from the outset, led by State and USAID, rather than the Pentagon, you'd see markedly different results to what we have now. The problems that State and AID have now in getting their people and programs up and running is directly attributable to the way things were handled at the start.

    The way I see it, there are two possible conclusions we can draw from this:

    1. Either the author is a whinging little bitch who resents his position in life and has no grasp of either the principles by which his own country functions or (from his worm's eye view) what the mission actually is.

    2. The United States' mission in the Middle East is fcuked up from top to bottom; the entire US military, from it's Commander in Chief on down, has everything ass-backwards; and democracy in the United States is a mistake. (I recall another section/squad leader had similar thoughts once- his ideas proved to be quite popular in Germany in the 1930s, I understand.)

    Care to offer a third conclusion, Speedy?
     
  9. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    armchair_jihad:

    Keep in mind, this is one soldier's view, from a fairly low level prospective. That said, I see where he is coming from, on many of the issues he exposes or complains about. Anyone, who has been there and done that can side with most of the issues he covered.

    SSG's, do not make foreign policy, or dictate how wars are fought, anymore then the 'greatest generation' did. I'm sure they had their individual opinions in that era as well.

    Is he correct on all his points? I doubt it; howeve,r as a soldier who is actually in combat, I respect his opinions, especially, over those like crabtastic's tainted and biased liberal CRAB's REMF's views. :thumbdown:

    As a Warrior who has BTDT I respect this SSG's right to his own opinions!
     
  10. *With the important caveat that they agree with Trip_wire's, obviously. I mean, it's not as if he'd do one of his cut and paste jobs on something like this:

    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/200601019_after_pats_birthday/
     
  11. Sure: duff or missing equipment, front line trouser creases, fcuking lawyers, biased media, plasma screens, lack of support from the CoC and lots and lots of paperwork - are you sure he is US Army and not one of Her Majesty’s Soldiers?
     
  12. I agree with many of the author's points, but a few of them, I do not.

    I particularly take objection to his portrayal of National Guard units not having been deployed. At this point, I don't personally know any Guardsman who has not been deployed at least once, but has been out of OSUT/AIT/BOLC for over six months.

    Most Guardsmen are either on their second go-around, or preparing for it.

    NTM
     
  13. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    Isn't democracy a bitch....the mans a fcuking moron. Having served on operations doesn't mean your opinion is worth sh1t. This guy clearly has sh1t for brains.
     
  14. I'm glad someone else got this post. Good one TW. And I agree with CT too. I agree with most, but some are just this one soldier's point of view like trip said. Not exactly new foreign policy.

    Good to know as usual you figured out the post was "shit" Crab. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. If you were really a combat vet, you'd understand what the guy was saying. Guess we can count you out right?