Saturday, November 11, 2006

A Soldier's Cry

Bear with me folks. I was moved, emotionally, by this letter which I found by following a link in Basil's blog, to Eurphoric Reality. Veteran's day is about the men, standing in the shadow of risk. The letter was showcased on the Rusty Humphries show.

From Aaron:

I know you probably get a lot of messages asking you to read stuff on your show, but I BEG you to read this…… I would like you to tell America exactly what they did to their soldiers on Tuesday, and what WE think about our countrymen right now.

“I hope you are satisfied with what you have done…
Today in the mess hall, where there is usually jovial conversation, there was silence, long faces, and broken spirits… Everyone, to include all American soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen, Iraqi Nationals, Bulgarian Soldiers, etc, etc… was speechless, tired, demoralized and stunned…. all ate in eerie silence…..

Last night, while we watched the press conference with the President, there was utter disgust, and the common feeling amongst us all that we soldiers are now the loneliest people on Earth…. we fight an enemy over here, and we have a country full of enemies to go home to that are our countrymen. We watched President Bush say his own political funeral, our commander and chief… as well as ours….. He tried so hard to spin it, but… well.. there is no way to soften such a morale blow.

While you sit and Monday morning quarterback what we work so hard to do for you out here, just know that the spirit of your team is wounded….. YOU liberals, you America have done a great job of demoralizing us… Thank you.

Do us a favor though, when we do come home, spare us the ceremony……. We all now know that it is a bunch of crap, and what you think of us…….

I have to say that right now, I would rather be a pussy ass Frenchman, even though they have no will to fight, at least they have the balls to make a decision and stick with it…… They stuck to their guns about staying out of this war, even if it was the wrong decision……America on the other hand, goes off half cocked, and when the decision appears to be a hard one, or something that might cost a little bit, they turn tail and run…..


This week I am NOT proud to say that I am an American……….I think it is obvious why… See, we just have told the world that we are not a nation of people who are tough, and will fight for what we believe in… We have told the world that we are a giant coward that will shy away from any difficult challenge…

So, while you eat your cheetos, and sit there and watch your lazy ass get fatter, dumber and happier Joe Citizen.. Just remember this, I, and all my comrades payed a dear price to come this far and have you decide that we should fail…

Realize this, because of your action this week America…. do not expect so many men to be so willing to stand up for your next little whim just to be cut down in the middle of it all…………
Realize this also… you have just put a heavy price on the heads of us all…… Now that we are branded as cowards, we are an easy target, oh so inviting for the taking……. I swore to protect your children in your beds…. yet you fling the door wide open in spite of me to invite the scourge…. Well…. have it your way then.

Because of this, September 11th will soon be overshadowed by these same enemies… my advice to you is get your lazy, self centered ass up and make peace with your God, and your family… cause, time will come when they may not be there for you…………….Because you kicked me in the teeth, and so many others, I know I won’t any more.. ”



I share your rage at the election and the despicable propaganda conditions, which obviously shaped the outcome. Unlike the template of Vietnam, there is no moratorium on the thoughts, the love and respect many of us have for your personal, voluntary sacrifice.

..there is no way to soften such a morale blow.

Please let me try, Aaron. There are many of us, here in America, who believe you, soldier. A victory, in politics, built on a genuine lie, cannot be sustained.

Many conservatives feel the dark and pessimistic electromagnetic pulse of the lie becoming the substance of policy. But that is precisely what this is. A pulse, designed to harvest political power. It is not a wave, because it is built upon a single thrust of false energy; not the power of genuine national security, justice and victory over evil. There are many of us, here in America, who do not believe them.

I am sorry to say it soldier, but you are right. There is an enemy here at home. There is a culture war, fashioned next to the war on terror. There is a fascist enemy Aaron, every bit as poisoned by a self-proclaimed ideology of superiority, as the terrorists, with their religious perversions. It is this perversion, and its perveyors, who are to be blamed for your angst.

But this is a wonderful country, Aaron. There are still those of us, who love her dearly. There are those of us who know you are there, standing against barbarians. There are those of us who support your families, while you fight those barbarians. There is also your family, Aaron.

America has a constitution. There are words of a founding father, John Adams, to give you solice in your waning morale:

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

This is the elephant in the room, that cannot be shot. As you well know, battles are often lost in wars. Those losses and the decisions that precipitate them, are demoralizing and disheartening.

The only advice I can give you, is to adopt a mission greater than you signed up for. Yes, that is unfair to ask of you, who already have given us your body and soul and your genuine patriotism. But you are a soldier. You are the one, equipped with the strength of moral character and national spirit, that is lacking in those that you protect. You can see that it is lacking here at home.

You must know that. You must know that in all battles, there is a strategy to win. If you purge your fighting spirit, with despair, it will just destroy you.

Those that have perverted our culture and pride, are marginalizing the voices against them, on the grounds that we have not served. Well, neither have most of them.

When you return home, you must bring home that quality of discipline and professionalism, that fills you with national spirit and people like me with humility and pride. Washington is suffering a vacuum of leadership, my friend. I cannot think of anyone better to fill that void, than a young new leader returning to bring his passion, his mission and his expertise of seeing democracy flourish abroad, back to the America we love.

You, Aaron, are the force of the American revolutionary spirit. There is force and power in the concert of your voices. America needs to be invigorated by those who have experienced the genuine suffering of the oppressed, not those who perverted your mission and perverted your message, for raw power and the cowering peace of submission.

Thank you soldier.
You are in our hearts.
You are in our minds.
You are in our spirit.



RT said...

Yes, many of the selfish let the most unselfish down on Tuesday.

This has made me very sad.

While I still try to understand what happened Tuesday (and what led up to it), I have to believe that there is something greater at work and in control.

Insolublog said...

Yes, RT. It is called genuine democracy and freedom of speech.

Anonymous said...

Yes, your countrymen made a decision which was not a good one, but as you say, that's democracy.
I certainly felt for those soldiers and their feelings of betrayal. I guess the US is gong to have to learn once again the price of putting such people as Pelosi and her cronies in power. It seems many did not learn from being under the criminal Clintons. Such a pity to see Bush putting his tail between his legs.
I had a feeling the US was going to vote the Democrats back in. We have the same problem with 'swing voters' here.

Insolublog said...


The true tragedy is that the very freedom which elevated the news agencies and the print press above the will of nations, has failed to teach them to be stewards of that freedom. Now they act as agents for the evil that destroys nations, by poisoning the minds and the will of the people. That is why you have the very same problem we do.

Ssssteve said...

Well said Insol, well said!! And amen!!!

Kit Jarrell said...

Your letter was beautiful. Thank you for that. I appreciate your sentiments on there. You're right - Aaron IS the revolutionary spirit of our country, and God bless him as well as all of them.

Thanks again. This made me proud.


Insolublog said...

Thanks for the words Kit. I am gravely concerned about the volunteer nature of our military. I cannot help but conclude that this situation will translate to difficult recruitment. Training new leadership is one thing, finding it in a compromised population is another.

We have to hope that we can weather this out.

Dr. Phat Tony said...

Being kicked in the teeth is what being in the Army is all about. No one ever appreciates a soldier as much as they should. Soldiers do the job whether popular or not. People called my work in Kosovo a distraction from the Presidents indiscretions.

You learn to do the job and not care what anyone thinks. The soldiers know what is right and noble. It has always been and always will be.

Insolublog said...

DPT - It's good to hear that soldiers like yourself can realize that the bureaucracy is what it is and you are able to focus on your duty and orders with a certain level of detachment.

I can also sympathize with Aaron's position.

I don't know how many times he was extended, but he obviously still believes in the mission, and is not upset about the war. He is obviously NOT waiting to be rescued by Murtha or Kennedy, from his quagmire.

Chuckles said...

Yeah, jeez, what a bunch of jerks the American people were to elect representatives that want to pull the troops out that tremendously horrible situation created by a lie.

We all betrayed them by wishing to pull them out of a fruitless, endless conflict that is not improving.

Who really betrays the troops? The people that lied to put them there and leave them with no strategy or the people that want to end the conflict?

Insolublog said...

One of my favorite forms of entertainment is watching a media kool-aide sipper, start to become engraged as his team, and the media begin to reverse the promises of the election, because it was about winning, not the truth.

I am going to relish this.