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Comments

Lisa Gilliam

Lt. your fruststration is undrstandable.You soldiers,and marines are doing a fantastic job of defending our nation.Don't even get me started on these imbecilic JAGS,and these lefty lawyers who meddle in things they no nothing about.I have been wandring for some time now,when is the military gonna start kicking these P.C. idiots to the curb.The Army and Air Force are filled with a bunch of loser officers who will get more of you guys killed with all this stupidity they continue to keep imposing on you all.Even the Marines judging by what happened to Lt.Pantano this year even has a slight case of this disease.They seem to be more preoccupied with foolishness such as the USAF's Northern Command wanting to give p.c names to missions.What in the hell does that have to do with our National Security?Did they not learn anything from what happened in England last month?!We need to start doing that stuff here in this country as well.Britain finally realized that all that p.c. stuff was costing them lives needlessly.I know one thing General Patton couldn't be an offficer in the army today,nor would we have an Admiral Halsey in our forces today,because of such nonsense.I guess we are gonna have to get bombed again for the assholes in power to be serious.

Lisa Gilliam

Lt. your fruststration is undrstandable.You soldiers,and marines are doing a fantastic job of defending our nation.Don't even get me started on these imbecilic JAGS,and these lefty lawyers who meddle in things they no nothing about.I have been wandring for some time now,when is the military gonna start kicking these P.C. idiots to the curb.The Army and Air Force are filled with a bunch of loser officers who will get more of you guys killed with all this stupidity they continue to keep imposing on you all.Even the Marines judging by what happened to Lt.Pantano this year even has a slight case of this disease.They seem to be more preoccupied with foolishness such as the USAF's Northern Command wanting to give p.c names to missions.What in the hell does that have to do with our National Security?Did they not learn anything from what happened in England last month?!We need to start doing that stuff here in this country as well.Britain finally realized that all that p.c. stuff was costing them lives needlessly.I know one thing General Patton couldn't be an offficer in the army today,nor would we have an Admiral Halsey in our forces today,because of such nonsense.I guess we are gonna have to get bombed again for the assholes in power to be serious.

Chevy Rose

One more great post, Russ. You inspire with your honest feelings. You stand tall among men of small minds. God bless and press on.

DagneyT

"They hate lawyers here more than they hate the men who are trying to kill us."

Russ, this post would explain why DI's & Drill Sgt.'s are getting getting court martialed stateside for doing what they have been doing for generations! When I heard about what they are doing, my stomach became a cold pit! Lawyers should be outlawed before they take away the only thing between us and the enemy is gone; a strong and willing military!

Rosemary

Dear Russ,
How are you sounds kinda stupid, eh? Why do we always start letters this way, anyway? Just something I ponder. Do we really care? Do we want to know? What if they answer? Will we accept it? Yes, I will! lol.

I understand about the JAG. I hate them myself. They ruined a decent man's life on the word of a liar.

I wrote about and stood by 2nd Lt. Ilario Pantano. Not for one minute did I second guess his actions. Untill they are in these situations, I believe they ought to just shut up.

How can we ask you to protect us by putting yourselves on the line, and then tie your hands so you can't even protect yourself? This is outrageous!

You cannot run for office in '06? I asked my political friend about helping you, and I will save that for an e-mail. It is, however, going to cost millions of dollars in California.

If you don't run, you can always do a test run! To get a feel of the process, introduce yourself to many people, etc. That way, there's always '08! You can finish school! You can still meet people. etc. I'm willing to fight for you. It's up to you. Stay safe, and Godspeed.

Suellen

Your words stuck with me last night and through the day today. I spent some time writing letters to soldiers that I correspond with. They always write to me that they are fine. Things are great. When in reality I know it's not. I'm just hoping that they have someone that they can be honest with and vent to and not keep it all bottled up inside them. We can take the honesty. We know it's not a bed of roses. Russ, vent all you want. We're here to listen.

Curt

I understand that when the VINCENNES shot down the Iranian Airbus back in the 80's, before the 5th Fleet Commander was called, the satff battle captain got the lawyer up and involved.

Keep the faith and thanks for sharing your life here.

HomefrontSix

It's bad enough to be over in such a pit but to have morale impacted so deeply by (what appear to be) unnecessary changes and decisions just makes it worse.

Know that you remain in my thoughts and prayers, as do all of your soldiers (especially LT Irish...buy that guy a rabbit's foot or something!).

toni

Hi Russ - last weekend I met a soldier I got to know thru emails and care pckgs. He's young, today is 23yoa. We talked for 3 hrs nonstop, him telling me in graphic detail many of his experiences including his best friend getting blown out of a bunker while standing next to him. He can still feel and see all of the blood and matter sprayed all over himself. He's a walking PTSD poster. I get very angry when I find out it's lawyers trying to run this war due to actions of politicians. I don't care if the lawyers are JAG or civilian. I'm sick and tired of politicians playing with "your" lives without any retribution. A pox on them all.

susan

The words written within chapter 9 of the Qu'ran provide reason to this war, we have no choice but total victory. The wrath of Islamic Jihadist death cult is upon us, as stated in chapter 9, conversion to Islam is absolute and if necessary followers must wage war to achieve domination. Islam believes war is caused by those infidels who fail to convert.

Lt. Irish, you and all our warriors are the true heroes standing between freedom and total Islamic world domination.

It bothers me greatly that our judicial system, our lawyers, rise to defend the very enemy engaging in our destruction. It also bothers me greatly when we avoid identifying the enemy as not to offend our enemy.

Muhammad's chapter 9 should be required reading for every lawyer, politician, Leftist, dhimmi, and hollywood celebrity who believes this war is about oil or American imperialism. What scares me most is ignorance towards fending off the barbarians from entering the gates.

Papa Ray

It won't make you feel anybetter or make your Bud less angry, knowing that your not alone in your flustration or anger.

I wrote a comment at a reporters blog who is embedded with some Marines in Iraq. She got shot at for the first time and was taking it kinda "Personal".

Here it is, see if you see anything feels familiar...

Long ago (37 years ago) I was shot at on purpose for the first time. I knew they were shooting at me and even though I was scared, a feeling of anger started in my gut. That anger built up over the next two years to when I was finally hit, the fear was not there, only more anger, that I could not continue my efforts to kill them.

It took me many, many years to replace that anger with acceptance and with peace.

I feel that anger growing in me again. Every day, Every time I hear of innocent people and our troops being killed and maimed.

I feel more anger every time I read news slanted to reflect badly on this wonderful United States, it's Military and it's President.

I feel more anger every time I see only more foot dragging and open warfare between the Republican and the Democrat Congress.

i feel even more anger when I hear the lies, and misconceptions and hateful things that the left says about everyone and everything not incestous with them.

I feel anger and fear at the lack of understanding of the average American (and other countries) that we are in a war, a real war for our very survival.

Iraq will only be a chapter in the world's history of this new chapter of the war between the Islamic Culture and the rest of the World.

If there is anyone left to write it or read it.

Papa Ray
West Texas
USA

4:31 PM

posted at:http://moab-iraq.blogspot.com/

Edward

Rusten,

I can add nothing matching the gravity of Michael's comment or the endorsement by MRJ.

I can only reaffirm my respect for you and your brothers in arms, and my thanks for your sacrifices. Without such men throughout our history, we would have no history.

ken

Thanks you so much for sharing the frustation that you and your men are feeling from both the enemy outside the wire and the enemy within. Dude you have got to hook up with Michael Savage, talk show host extrodnaire. Your writings mirror him so closely, "if you don't know your enemy, how are you going to know your enemy". Being tied by lawyers in camo. I know NCOs over there are fighting the same barriers, dishing it out in order to maintain discipline, only to be challenged by a JAG or IG and limp-spined Cmdr. Russ, keep up the good work and writings. Thank you for serving these United States. Russ in 06. Great job 1-184th

KBW

Pothus

Russ, your post is both insightful and brutally honest. Your deepest thoughts of how you view the war, gives many of us back home, (me especially) a true and frustrating glimpse into your world. Granted, what you say is only snippets of what a "lay" person such as myself could ever understand, though in reality, I will never understand what you and your men/women go through day by day, minute by minute. My father, (a Viet Nam vet), once told me, "Soldiers don't start wars, politicians do." Diplomacy, when applied and accepted by both sides, can work. When it fails, it is not because of military men like you. It is usually because of weak politicians. They are quick to send good young men and women, such as yourself into harms way, then just as quick to limit your ability to do your jobs.
The one difference in this war though, is that the jihaddists/arhibi(?) couldn't care a wit about diplomacy, that want everyone not Muslim(?) DEAD!
I can see your conviction and pride in doing your duty, and I am honored to read your thoughts and feelings about you part of the GWOT. I know that we are truly fighting for our survival, and you are the sharp end of the spear, allowing us back home to live free and safe.
I can see that when you come home and throw your hat in the ring, America will have a good and deserving representative of the people serving in congress. If I may, I would like to say it is really an honor, (mine) to know such a man as you. It took me a number of years to really respect and honor my father for the years(26) of service he has given to this great country. Growing up a military brat, I guess I took for granted what my father did for this country. Now that I am older, I really understand what it means to serve your country, and what a sacrifice it really is. (Sorry for my long winded thank you), but your words got me thinking, and I wish I could say something that would truly express my heartfelt thanks for the service, that you and all of your fellow servicemen and women are doing for the USA and for the people of Iraq. I stand humbled by what a great man you truly are. (I mean that honestly).
Come home safe. You and your wife deserve a long and happy life together.

Michael

Big T.

A kick in the guts? More like a kick in the balls. Between that and the lawyers you're subject to the worst sort of madness to be inflicted on those in combat: a tampered-with team and secong-guessing supervision. Hang tough, my friend, hang tough.

Now go put a shave on your nasty mug!
T.

P.S. I hope Irish's luck holds out.

TODD

LT
Once again I am in awe of the powwerful, heartfelt words that you have posted.
I think in all military actions throughout history, there have been leaders that have made illogical decisions based on ego. Here to Iraq this seems to be happening again. The job all of you soldiers have done so far is nothing short of remarkable. You and your brothers are always in our prayers. Stay sharp LT, just as you know any bit bit of complacency can get people killed. I am so much looking forward to your campaign. I live in Laguna Niguel, I would love the chance to volunteer in your cause....

Todd

mrj

This is a great example of thoughtful leadership - thinking about our actions and their meaning, then acting decisively. You are able to maintain a balance despite the stress and discomfort - the sign of a natural leader. Don't lose heart, you are doing herculean work, and we are 100% behind you.

LotharBot

Thanks for taking the time to write.

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