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Letter from Afganistan

Posted on: July 25, 2008 1:47 am
 
The following letter was sent by e-mail from a friend with whom I share jokes, photos, and videos. I don't know who the the original author was.  I am not a military or political person.  I decided to share it with you because it paints a vivid and colorful picture of what seems to be a forgotten war in Afghanistan.
 



"Eloquent U.S. Marine
(in a manner of speaking!)

 

This is from a Reconnaissance Marine in Afghanistan

 

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 them 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.

 

I dream of bin Laden waking up to find me standing over him with my boot on his throat as I spit a bloody ear into his face and plunge my nickel plated Bowie knife through his frontal lobe. 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 Pushtins 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 or for each other or 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 others barbarism. Cavemen with AK47'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.

 

You wanna help? Buy Bonds America.

 

Saucy Jack 

Semper Fidelis "
Category: General
Comments

Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2008 2:32 pm
 

Letter from Afganistan

Thanks, Fangs, for having gone thru hell for us and our Country!  As I have mentioned prior I do know that we as humans have multitudes of brain cells that go unused - and that the school system has an overloaded plate as to the subjects they have to cover - somehow though I think there should be time made for showing the reality of wars......it may be an impossibility but maybe just maybe a future generation will be less prone to play the war card, ie as a solution for the ills of mankind.



Since: Jul 11, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2008 7:32 pm
 

Letter from Afganistan

I know or should say what our troops are feeling in afganistan. the news blows everything out of proportion. I am sure our troops have everything under control.  I for one am a veteran and have been in desert shield/storm so I know what they are going thru. all I want to say is our troops have my thanks a hundred percent and if I could I would bring them all home



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2008 2:27 pm
 

Letter from Afganistan

My most sincere thank you for posting this blog......everyone should read it and will be more than merely a bit wiser as the result.
Makes you feel fortunate to live in a country where $4 gas, inflation, recession, and the upcoming election are our biggest issues.

You're welcome.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2008 2:22 pm
 

Letter from Afganistan

I wish Afghanistan was in the news, perhaps if it were, we could get them more troops and supplies to help the troops already there continue to do and finish up what they were sent there for. It does seem like media coverage of this war is less than an afterthought.  However, the lack of coverage is probably beneficial to our soldiers.  I'm sure the Taliban monitors the Media to see what they can learn about our military operations.  I don't think they have a TV in every cave but they probably do have some sort of communication with the outside world.



Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2008 1:32 pm
 

Letter from Afganistan

My most sincere thank you for posting this blog......everyone should read it and will be more than merely a bit wiser as the result......how the people in "the trenches" maintain any semblence of sanity is a miracle......maybe it would be a step in the direction of logic if only the leaders of a country would have to actually fight the fight they instigated.......ye old clash between the good and the bad continues on.....unlike some of the video games which have lost favor the "war trait" of humans has never lessened......war, still as popular as always........how downright pathetic!



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2008 7:05 am
 

Letter from Afganistan

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.

I wish Afghanistan was in the news, perhaps if it were, we could get them more troops and supplies to help the troops already there continue to do and finish up what they were sent there for. 





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