Friday, January 26, 2007

26 January 2007,
When the cat is away, the mice will play. You've heard that before. Well, LTC Y went on leave earlier this month. On his way back, his plane had a few problems and they had to land someplace else. Now, as of today, he's been in that other location for 4 days. He has become so desperate that he has told us if we can get him in the same region he'll ride in the back of a jingle truck to get here. I offered to get a Ford Ranger pick-up and go get him, but the idea of a U.S. soldier traveling through Iran, Iraq and a few more countries would probably stir a little more attention than he wants, then there's that "Wrong Way" nickname I have.
If you are sensitive nature about the War on Terrorism then please skip to End Soap Box.
[SOAP BOX] I'm getting tired of the media, polls, and Congress. I know a lot of soldiers who are feeling the same way. Look, if those in Congress are too much of a coward to say something, mean it, stick to it, bleed for it, then we don't need you representing us or getting in our way. Step down from office and let us get someone up there that will work for the people. The latest poll I've seen talked about is supposed to represent what the military soldiers are thinking right now. The media has the gull to say that we don't support the war in Iraq, (remember I'm in the forgotten war, Afghanistan). Now, there are approximately 143,000 soldiers currently on the ground in Iraq and they use a poll of 900 to to say how we feel, and then contort the answers to lie about the outcome. It is my honor and privilege to help another country attempt to capture what we have taken for granted in America. I have tried hard not to make this site political and I will continue to try, but every now and then I have to speak out. See sidebar for Official Disclaimer. If it was up to me, we would have 100,000 American troops in Afghanistan working the northern border down to the southern eliminating the enemy and their foothold in this country, and 300,000 to 400,000 in Iraq. You can't fight a war with your hands bound behind you. You can't sit back and wait for the enemy to come to you. That's what led to 9/11. Oh, but the cost...of lives....of money. What about it? We lost 3,000 people in the span of 45 minutes, costing our country billions in the span of an average television program. Did you forget how many people work in those two towers, what the real cost was supposed to be in human life? God was watching over us. I would rather spend money, equipment, and if need be the lives of those who are willing to defend our country from the enemy than to allow them the opportunity to strike our innocents again. If you truly support the troops, then tell your Congress representatives to give us what we need to win! Failure is not a viable option and makes the lives we've lost so far meaningless. Those lives from 9/11, from Afghanistan, from Iraq have meaning, that meaning is Freedom. [End Soap Box]
Not much else is happening here. I spent all day in the office doing paperwork, my cell phone only rang once. 1SG R and I get to build a wall in our conference room tomorrow allowing for a projector screen and t.v. to be installed. The weather has been nicer and the snow and ice are melting. Be safe and have a good day.


Odat said...

Bravo! You have every right to shout out from your soap box!!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

my word dub.... that is the ABSOLUTE best i have ever heard it said... like odat said BRAVO!!!

and dub? does mrs. dub have a good toothbrush she can recommend, mine keeps losing it's batteries... tell her thanks, bee

Maryfly said...

*applauds* I hope everyone reads that. It was worded so perfectly. stay safe

Desert Songbird said...

Your words are eloquent and heartfelt, Sarge. I think many times people get frustrated when a situation is not resolved quickly because as Americans, we are used to instant gratification. Some have grown soft and not remembered that the biggest reward often comes with hard work and sacrifice. Good for you for speaking your mind.

Keep safe.

Sarge Charlie said...

DUB, DUB, DUB, I salute you.

Shout out from the highest soap box, The lily livered weasels cannot wipe your boots.
Stay safe my friend.

The old sarge

Did you click the link on my Camp Phoenix, they said Oregon Guard, are you both there?

Wade Huntsinger said...

Damn Skippy !!!!! DUB for Congress!

SGT DUB said...

Thank you everyone,
Bee: I'll check with Mrs. Dub

Sarge: thanks, yes, the 1-180th IN BN from Oklahoma is augmenting the Oregon National Guard since they are our sister unit under 7th ID. Oklahoma was here as part of PHX II in 2003 to 2004

Wade: state or federal?

MrsDub said...

You Go Dub! But I have to admit you're making me very nervous putting yourself out there. I'm just too darn cautious to express my opinions that strongly. Good thing you're able to do it for me. And another thing, do NOT volunteer to go get anyone! MissBee, I recommend the Crest Spinbrush. P.S. we will need to talk before you file for office.

DariDonovan said...

You stand on that soapbox and you stand proud and strong! You have EVERY right to speak your mind. I commend you Sgt! (salute, salute)

Wow, very well said and you speak volumes for many of us. You rock!

Sanni said...

Simply wonderful!

I loved what you said and I hope I´m allowed to give some standing ovations although I´m from Germany =)

Enjoy your (safe!!!) weekend!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

crest spin brush, huh??? smiles, bee

Linda said...

Sgt Dub, I salute you! That was very well written, I could feel the passion in your words as I read them and I agree with you 110%! I hope you don't mind, I am going to put a post on my blog linking over to yours so that others will hopefully come over and see what a real soldier (and not some manufactured media poll) has to say.

Thank you for all that you do for our country - may God keep you and the rest of your men safe until you can come home.

the bro said...

You go bro, you got my vote.

Sarge Charlie said...


katherine. said...

Sgt Dub...go ahead and stay on the soapbox.

I have been reading your blog with interest since a family member will be assigned to the Army in Afghanistan in the next couple months.

He is a Navy F-18 pilot (as is his wife)

thanks for your service to maintain our way of life. Be well blessed.

Sarge Charlie said...

You are welcome to join my verbal war over at my place, I picked a fight and now we are in verbal fisticuffs.

Wade Huntsinger said...

If it was state I would have to move to OK. I would prefer you would run for Nationally, that way, we all can enjoy your work

We will have to let you work it out with MRs DUB. Not sure on that one!

If you wander over to Sarge's place, just look over in the tree line. I just kind of standing over there leaning on a tree and smoking a cigar. I figure ole sarge can handle this one, but is that guy whack or what? Anyway, preach on!!!!