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           A Marine’s View of what is really going on.This young man
is articulate and has a flare for colorful language, and descriptive
prose….Scorpions, Chiggers & Sand Fleas/great letter, must read!From
a Recon Marine in Afghanistan:
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 and 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 heads 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 (Blitzer) and Anderson (Cooper) 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 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”.

Send this to YOUR FRIENDS so that people here
will really know what is going on over there.
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Posted by Southern Utah Vets Aid Saint George Utah

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