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A RECON MARINE'S VIEW OF WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON.....
« on: June 11, 2013, 09:49:49 PM »
Origin unknown.  From an email:

Message  from a Recon Marine in Afghanistan :
This young man is articulate  and has a flare for colorful language, and descriptive prose...  Scorpions, Chiggers & Sand Fleas/great letter, must  read!
            From  the Sand Pit...

    It's freezing here. I'm sitting on hard cold  dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush  Mountains , along the Dar'yoi Pomir River, watching a hole that  leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave. Stake out, my friend, and no  pizza delivery for thousands of miles.
            I  also glance at the area around my ass every ten to fifteen seconds  to avoid another scorpion sting. I've actually given up battling the  chiggers and sand fleas, but the scorpions give a jolt like a cattle  prod. Hurts like a bastard. The antidote tastes like transmission  fluid, but God bless the Marine Corps for the five vials of it in my  pack.
            The  one truth the Taliban cannot escape is that, believe it or not, they  are human beings, which means they have to eat food and drink water.  That requires couriers and that's where an old bounty hunter like me  comes in handy. I track the couriers, locate the tunnel entrances  and storage facilities, type the info into the handheld, shoot the  coordinates up to the satellite link that tells the air commanders  where to drop the hardware. We bash some heads for a while, then I  track and record the new movement.

    It's all about  intelligence. We haven't even brought in the snipers yet. These  scurrying rats have no idea what they're in for. We are but days  away from cutting off supply lines and allowing the eradication to  begin. But you know me, I'm a romantic. I've said it before and I'll  say it again: This country blows, man. It's not even a country.  There are no roads, there's no infrastructure, there's no  government. This is an inhospitable, rock pit shit hole ruled by  eleventh century warring tribes. There are no jobs here, like we  know jobs.
            Afghanistan  offers two ways for a man to support his family: join the opium  trade, or join the army. That's it. Those are your options. Oh, I  forgot, you can also live in a refugee camp and eat plum-sweetened,  crushed beetle paste and squirt mud like a goose with stomach flu,  if that's your idea of a party. But the smell alone of those 'tent  cities of the walking dead' is enough to hurl you into the poppy  fields to cheerfully scrape bulbs for eighteen hours a  day.
            I've  been living with these Tajiks, Uzbeks, and Turkmen. and even a  couple of Pushtuns, for over a month-and-a-half now, and this much I  can say for sure: These guys, all of 'em, are Huns... actual, living  Huns... They LIVE to fight. It's what they do. It's ALL they do.  They have no respect for anything, not for their families, nor for  each other, nor for themselves. They claw at one another as a way of  life. They play polo with dead calves and force their five-year-old  sons into human cockfights to defend the family honor. Huns, roaming  packs of savage, heartless beasts who feed on each other's  barbarism. Cavemen with AK-47's. Then again, maybe I'm just  cranky.
            I'm  freezing my ass off on this stupid hill because my lap warmer is  running out of juice, and I can't recharge it until the sun comes up  in a few hours. Oh yeah! You like to write letters, right? Do me a  favor, Bizarre. Write a letter to CNN and tell Wolf and Anderson and  that awful, sneering, pompous Aaron Brown to stop calling the  Taliban 'smart.' They are not smart. I suggest CNN invest in a  dictionary because the word they are looking for is 'cunning.' The  Taliban are cunning, like jackals, and hyenas, and wolverines. They  are sneaky and ruthless, and when confronted, cowardly. They are  hateful, malevolent parasites, who create nothing, and destroy  everything else. Smart. Pfft. Yeah, they're real smart.
            They've  spent their entire lives reading only one book (and not a very good  one, as books go), and consider hygiene and indoor plumbing to be  products of the devil. They're still figuring out how to work a Bic  lighter. Talking to a Taliban warrior about improving his quality of  life is like trying to teach an ape how to hold a pen; eventually he  just gets frustrated and sticks you in the eye with it. OK, enough.  Snuffle will be up soon, so I have to get back to my hole. Covering  my tracks in the snow takes a lot of practice, but I'm good at  it.
            Please,  I tell you and my fellow Americans to turn off the TV sets and move  on with your lives. The story line you are getting from CNN and  other news agencies is utter bullshit, and designed not to deliver  truth but rather to keep you glued to the screen through the  commercials. We've got this one under control. The worst thing you  guys can do right now is sit around analyzing what we're doing over  here, because you have no idea what we're doing, and really, you  don't want to know. We are your military, and we are doing what you  sent us here to do.
            Saucy  Jack
   
 Recon Marine in Afghanistan
    Semper Fi
    "Freedom is  not free... but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share". 

Offline Rapunzel

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Re: A RECON MARINE'S VIEW OF WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON.....
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2013, 10:57:29 PM »
Thanks for posting this.......

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Re: A RECON MARINE'S VIEW OF WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON.....
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2013, 07:46:25 AM »
Interesting read.
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Re: A RECON MARINE'S VIEW OF WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON.....
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2013, 08:33:10 AM »
And I still maintain that if one were to analyze the racial components of the military AND the KIA in Afghanistan since Obama became POTUS...you'd find that the vast majority are Caucasians and not Black or Hispanics.


....no such thing as a coincidence here.
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Re: A RECON MARINE'S VIEW OF WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON.....
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2013, 06:57:54 AM »
And I still maintain that if one were to analyze the racial components of the military AND the KIA in Afghanistan since Obama became POTUS...you'd find that the vast majority are Caucasians and not Black or Hispanics.


....no such thing as a coincidence here.

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Why?  Well, because I'm a bastard, that's why.

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Re: A RECON MARINE'S VIEW OF WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON.....
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2013, 07:17:06 AM »
Black man's war, white man's fight?

yeah....or else it means that the vast majority of "special forces" are white kids.
"It aint what you don't know that kills you.  It's what you know that aint so!" ...Theodore Sturgeon

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Re: A RECON MARINE'S VIEW OF WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON.....
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2013, 07:48:57 AM »
And I still maintain that if one were to analyze the racial components of the military AND the KIA in Afghanistan since Obama became POTUS...you'd find that the vast majority are Caucasians and not Black or Hispanics.


....no such thing as a coincidence here.

About 65 percent of the population of the US is Anglo, so if the special forces are representative of the country as a whole, they'd be 65 percent white.  You think they are more than that?
« Last Edit: June 13, 2013, 07:49:28 AM by massadvj »
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Re: A RECON MARINE'S VIEW OF WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON.....
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2013, 07:59:47 AM »
About 65 percent of the population of the US is Anglo, so if the special forces are representative of the country as a whole, they'd be 65 percent white.  You think they are more than that?

All I know is that when the Washington Post gets on their high horse and publishes the pictures of the KIA....I only see about 10% minority races.

It's confusing to me because African-Americans are the majority in football and basketball, etc..


Hmmmm.....maybe it's because they're such poor swimmers.    :whistle:
"It aint what you don't know that kills you.  It's what you know that aint so!" ...Theodore Sturgeon

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Re: A RECON MARINE'S VIEW OF WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON.....
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2013, 08:14:28 AM »
All I know is that when the Washington Post gets on their high horse and publishes the pictures of the KIA....I only see about 10% minority races.

It's confusing to me because African-Americans are the majority in football and basketball, etc..


Hmmmm.....maybe it's because they're such poor swimmers.    :whistle:

They may also be over-represented in the military as a whole.  I think it does take a certain combination of guile, fortitude, brains and brawn to succeed in special forces.  Whether that tends to disqualify one group or another based on subcultural influence, I can't say, or won't say because we cannot speak of such things in our "free" society.

But I note your observation and do not disagree with its accuracy.  Just don't expect me to bail you out when the political correctness police lock you up.
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Re: A RECON MARINE'S VIEW OF WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON.....
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2013, 08:26:08 AM »
They may also be over-represented in the military as a whole.  I think it does take a certain combination of guile, fortitude, brains and brawn to succeed in special forces.  Whether that tends to disqualify one group or another based on subcultural influence, I can't say, or won't say because we cannot speak of such things in our "free" society.

But I note your observation and do not disagree with its accuracy.  Just don't expect me to bail you out when the political correctness police lock you up.

LOL!  I was being flip about the swimming comment.

But it does really bother me that the vast majority of the boys KIA look like Indiana Hoosiers.

And with this regime....that ain't no coincidence.
"It aint what you don't know that kills you.  It's what you know that aint so!" ...Theodore Sturgeon

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Re: A RECON MARINE'S VIEW OF WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON.....
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2013, 08:30:45 AM »
LOL!  I was being flip about the swimming comment.

But it does really bother me that the vast majority of the boys KIA look like Indiana Hoosiers.

And with this regime....that ain't no coincidence.

Oh, now I see.  You think OPapaDoc doesn't want to put the homeys in harm's way?
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« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2013, 08:38:15 AM »
Oh, now I see.  You think OPapaDoc doesn't want to put the homeys in harm's way?

Well....my two older sons served in the US Army...one served in Iraq for Operation Desert Storm...the other in Korea.

They both told me that the overwhelming vast majority of "typical" soldiers in their regiments were black....and I always subscribed that was because of economics and the difficulty in finding 'meaningful' jobs after formal schooling.

They also told me that there are a tremendous number of blacks serving in the military that have embraced Islam....sort of like you'd find inside the US prison system.  They hang and recreate together.

Like somebody recently said....it's not math, it's arithmetic.  LOL!
"It aint what you don't know that kills you.  It's what you know that aint so!" ...Theodore Sturgeon

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Re: A RECON MARINE'S VIEW OF WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON.....
« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2013, 08:46:29 AM »
Well....my two older sons served in the US Army...one served in Iraq for Operation Desert Storm...the other in Korea.

They both told me that the overwhelming vast majority of "typical" soldiers in their regiments were black....and I always subscribed that was because of economics and the difficulty in finding 'meaningful' jobs after formal schooling.

They also told me that there are a tremendous number of blacks serving in the military that have embraced Islam....sort of like you'd find inside the US prison system.  They hang and recreate together.

Like somebody recently said....it's not math, it's arithmetic.  LOL!

Except with this crowd nothing ever adds up the way it's supposed to.
"She only coughs when she lies."

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Re: A RECON MARINE'S VIEW OF WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON.....
« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2013, 08:53:19 AM »
I think I remember reading this piece years ago, not long after the US went into Afghanistan??  At any rate, I think it's been a lot of years since Aaron Brown was at CNN.

Probably doubtful that anything in Afghanistan is better now than it was then.  Oh, except they know our timeline for withdrawal now.   :pondering:


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