Sunday, October 4, 2009

10 Knocks

This morning 10 families received knocks on their doors and two men in Class A uniforms faced them. The phrase every military family dreads was spoken " We regret to inform you..." 10 hearts have stopped beating, 10 lives have ended far too soon. 10 families worlds have come to a halt, their hearts have shattered and the path to the "new normal" has begun.

I want to scream at the President that his lack of action and rules of engagement are killing our men. I want to shake the politician's who seem to think this is some kind of game and our military are the pawns. I want to shout "THESE ARE PEOPLE YOU ARE GETTING KILLED SO YOU CAN GET BETTER POLL NUMBERS"

The United States Military is the best there is.. they always get the job done if they are allowed to do the job. They do their job with honor also. They don't need senseless rules of engagement to hamper their efforts. They know right from wrong. The recent ROE were set to make the US more popular in world opinion... well they just make us look weak and they are getting our men killed!

This is war.. not politics! We need to listen to our generals on the ground not some bean counter who never had the balls to walk into a recruiting office let alone serve this country in uniform.

Mr. President.. you have blood on your hands.. the blood of 10 men today because you refuse to take the action necessary. Stop the dog and pony shows and start doing your job sir!

Ten American troops were killed at the weekend in two surprise attacks that caused alarm in Nato’s US-led coalition.

In one, hundreds of insurgents attacked a pair of isolated outposts in eastern Afghanistan, killing eight US soldiers and several Afghan policemen in the deadliest battle in 15 months. Scores more Afghan policemen were reportedly captured by the Taleban.

In the other an Afghan policeman opened fire on the American soldiers with whom he was working in central Wardak province, killing two and injuring three.



alexa said...

It always dampens my mood when I hear that one of Our Troops has fallen. I become quieter.

I suffer nothing like the families and loved ones of Our Fallen Heroes. I can only grieve from a distance and try to see all the great beauty around me that still stands and shines because of their service and ultimate sacrifice.

And be so very grateful that America makes such men as they. Thank my good fortune that they come from such women as you.

Anonymous said...

As you know, I am extremely disappointed with the non-action of our leaders. As a Viet Nam veteran I have learned that they are expected to let the enemy have it's way no matter how many of us are lost. Donk

joyce said...

I thought of that this morning. Ten moms. Ten dads.

Faulkner's Shack said...

We have not won a war or confict since politicians started playing generals.

All the technology in the world will not win anything IF the politicians try to be generals.

'Gung Ho', lets go to war they cry as long as they don't have to carry the weapons nor squeeze the trigger.

The blood staining the sands is not their blood but the blood of true Americans.

If the want to start these wars and conflicts then they need to put their boots on and get out in front and lead us.

I'm afraid they won't be found in front leading the charge but back in the rear with the rest of the gear claiming to do their part.

David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 10/05/2009 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

Sgt Patrick McNally, U.S.Army,Retired said...

Great post, it makes me mad, knowing that this bozo has made to ROE even more against our troops, they can't call for fire, & they do not have the air support they need. Obama is too busy touring around the world on the taxpayers dime, acting like we have a surplus instead of a deficit! How many more soldiers & marines must die due to his incompetence! I feel for the families of the lost. Keep up the great writing...Pat

Enchante said...

I was told that the lost and wounded solider were part of my husband's old battalion. This came as a complete shock to me and I am so grateful that he is safe in Iraq.... sort of.


Jenn of the Jungle said...

Dear Leader,

If you won't let them win then bring them home. Now.


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