AmeriCAN-DO Attitude

Are you an AmeriCAN or an AmeriCAN'T?

Until the fight is won and there is no more fight left

This should be read by every American, every politician and every single media member.  This is absolutely excellent.

Fuckin’ Amen, Sergeant D.!

Via Matt at Blackfive: Sergeant in Afghanistan – Stop the BS and “Let’s Get It Done”

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.

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.

-D

January 30, 2007 , 10:25PM Posted by | Afghanistan, CNN, Iraq, Media Bias, Military, Terrorism, War Effort in Iraq | Comments Off on Until the fight is won and there is no more fight left

What are You?

I am beginning to realize that, with respect to the war effort, we can no longer separate people into groups of liberals vs conservatives.  Not all liberals are against the war effort and not all conservatives support the war effort.

So I think a good way to classify people now is AmeriCANs vs AmeriCANTs.

Granted, this does not include people who are anti-American and are actively rooting for the American military to lose, such as the Communists at CODE PINK and International A.N.S.W.E.R.  And this also does not include people who do not even debate seriously about whether or not the war effort can be won, they simply debate based on their hatred for President George W. Bush and their ignorant dhimmitude.

However, there are many people who seriously debate the war effort, military strategy, troop levels, mistakes made, etc.  I have seen many comments on Military Blogs such as “Bush screwed the pooch and we have no chance now, no matter what we do it’s too late”.  Or something to that effect.

Well, I look back at military history and the history of American involvement in wars, specifically World War II.  The Allies won that war, but it had nothing to do with flawless plans and/or flawless execution or superior talent or superior military equipment.  It had everything to do with effort, determination to win and persistence through setbacks.  The main reason we won those wars is that we were prepared to win at all costs.

The same cannot be said for half the nation, and half of Western Society, today.

The fact is that, with the Rules of Engagement that have been put on our soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the orders to do everything they can, even sacrifice their lives, in order to save innocent civilians, this war has been the most successful in history.  Hell, if we can even call it a war.  Our enemies are sure fighting a war.  We are not.  But even despite that, in 3 years 10 months, we have only lost approximately 3050 soldiers.  That is simply amazing if one puts that in perspective of past wars, the type of “insurgency” war we are fighting and the completely restrictive Rules of Engagement put upon our soldiers.  Despite all this, in almost 4 years time, our soldiers have overthrown Saddam’s dictatorship, captured Saddam, trained tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers, stabilized 75 percent of the country for civilians, rebuilt hundreds of schools, improved much of the country to better standing than it ever was under the oppression of Saddam Hussein’s rule and made friends with tens of thousands of children who will be the future of Iraq.

That is simply amazing.

Yet, there are people who say we can’t win.

Sorry, this is not “24” where the world’s terrorist problems are solved in 24 hours.  This is not a video game.  This is not a TV series.  This is not a movie in which all problems are solved in 2+ hours.  This is reality.

Those who are honest will see all we have accomplished in almost 4 years and will put it in perspective with the history of the Islamic world and the history of past wars and will know that we can and will succeed.  They are AmeriCANs.

The rest of you who keep griping that we can’t do this and it’s too late for that and no matter what we do we can’t blah blah blah.  Well, you my friends are AmeriCANTs and our ancestors who built this country with the CAN-DO attitude would be ashamed of you.

I am an AmeriCAN.  Are you?

P.S. – For those who are still simply dumbfounded about why I am an AmeriCAN and have so much faith in our military men and women and completely support them and believe they will succeed, just start reading MilBlogs on a daily basis.  THAT is where I get my faith in the military and their success in their mission.  If every American worked even half as hard as they do each and every day, most of this country’s problems would be solved.  We need more AmeriCANs and less AmeriCANTs.

January 30, 2007 , 11:50AM Posted by | American History, Military History, Terrorism, War Effort in Iraq | Comments Off on What are You?