Sabaticals yes

We all know that fighting insurgencies is exhausting work. Almost five
years into the Iraq War, more and more soldiers are “burning out” and
leaving the Army. (58% of the West Point Class of 2002 elected to leave
active duty after completing their minimum service requirement.*) What
to do? Retired British Army Colonel Tim Collins has an idea: encourage soldiers to take a year off.

This is a great idea.  The idea that you could take a year off but still come back without all the A**pain the currently is in the system would be perfect.  I’ve had two breaks in service not because I didn’t like the service but just needed a damn break. 

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1500 Al Qaeda freed by our “Friends”

WASHINGTON — On the eve of the Annapolis summit on the Middle East conflict, the Saudi royal family released 1,500 members of Al Qaeda from prison, requiring them only to promise to refrain from jihad within the Arabian Peninsula.

The Saudi’s have been playing this game a long time.  It’s getting a bit old.

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Car troubles…

At 12:40 am I sat down to check my emails just before hitting the rack.  It had been a long day filled with an operation and the ever increasing paperwork that follows (luckily the team leaders does most of that).  My wife had sent an email complaining about car troubles.  I know working with mechanics and cars that you depend on in general can be difficult, but I had just finish a multiple hour operation and was feeling a little, lets say less than sympathetic.  So this was my response to car troubles.

Car troubles?  Everyday I get into a 10,000lb vehicle that is filled with dirt.  Dirt that is cleaned out daily but still accumulates in the inches.  I wear 40lbs of gear and sit in a seat with enough room to move exactly zero inches in any directions.  I have a computer monitor that tells me where I am but it sits on my radio rack filling any space I might have had in the center.  I have three microphones in front of me with three different radios attached.  I’m supposed to monitor all of them. All of this while fans and blowers from the multiple devices in the vehicle run so loudly you must yell to the man in the next seat. The computer monitor also sits just so that I’m unable to see any part of the other side of the vehicle.  I only see my small portion of the road.  The road that may have an IED on it yet I can only see about a third out of the window view.  My vehicle has been used so much over such incredible terrain that I wonder each day if it will continue and in fact our mechanic works on our vehicles nearly everyday to keep them just barely running.

Yes I know vehicles can be a pain.  But buck up little troop it can be worse……

I hope she sees the humor….

Archbishop helps explain my disdain for Religion

How do you argue with someone that thinks this way?

THE Archbishop of Canterbury, (Rowan Williams) has said that the United States wields its power in a way that is worse than Britain during its imperial heyday.

He went on to suggest that the West was fundamentally adrift: “Our modern western definition of humanity is clearly not working very well. There is something about western modernity which really does eat away at the soul.”

Now I would suggest the Archbishop simply compare the relative peace, standard of living and outlook to the future in the west and the rest of the world.  Perhaps he would prefer us all to be wallowing in poverty and sewage killing each other over glances at our covered women.

The frustrating thing is he is just plain wrong about most of his assertions.  But then deranged anti-American leftest are wrong.

While the west is not perfect it beats the hell out of most of the world.  I’ve seen the other side.  The Archbishop of course says these things while taking full advantage of all the luxuries of the west.


Just to clearify

Just so my last few post don’t paint the wrong picture.  Things are actually going well here.  Oh there is the ever present Army bureaucracy.  That’s just part of the job.  It’s frustrating because it really doesn’t have to be that way.  But we’ve created a monster with a tail much larger than the head.

Heck I have great food, hot showers, Internet, and a room.  That’s a marked improvement from my last deployment.  I’ve eaten a fair amount of the local food and found it great.  I love the flat bread.  I liked that in Afghanistan also.  Yeah I had to deal with the expected after effects of the first meal here but that’s all good now.  Meeting with local officials I also get my share of Chai (Tea).  Filled with lots of sugar.  If you don’t like tea this isn’t a place to visit.

I’d give the local War report but you can actually read it in the news these days.  So take that for what it’s worth.

So all in all morale is pretty high and our stomachs are full.

ehmmm yeeeah about those TPS reports….Did you get the memo?…

I wonder how we ever accomplish anything in the Army today. For every operation there are two days worth of BS reports, all in different formats and all with information having already been sent up in the SITREP. Oh and can somebody explain to those that sit on their asses that excel isn’t a report writing program. It’s for numbers crunching.

I have no idea what those that sitting on the hill do all day since it’s apparent they don’t pull information and put it together. That is required from those below.

And this Army writing thing, what is the fascination with writing in the third person. It makes for some silly sentence structure and just reads poorly. What we are forced to use isn’t what is taught in any writing class I’m aware of to include the Army’s own courses.

Oh well the battle continues, more inside the wire than out it seems sometimes..

…Just normal bitching today….

State Department cry babies

After the announcement that diplomats may be required to serve in Iraq apparently a town hall meeting was held. You know like the military does every time we deploy. It seems a few diplomats aren’t real happy to leave their cushy Embassy’s for the likes of Baghdad, which by the way isn’t exactly like serving in Haditha as a gunner in a Hummer. So at this town hall meeting this jack ass says,

“Incoming is coming in every day, rockets are hitting the Green Zone,” said Jack Croddy, a senior foreign service office, referring to the highly fortified area of Baghdad where the embassy is located.

“It’s one thing if someone believes in what’s going on over there and volunteers, but it’s another thing to send someone over there on a forced assignment,” Croddy said. “I’m sorry, but basically that’s a potential death sentence and you know it. … Who will raise our children if we are dead or seriously wounded?”

Well you whining little shit. I guess it’s all well and good when you don’t have to put your ass on the line huh? Who will raise your children? Well ask a soldier about that. It goes through our minds every day. My guess is that the Green Zone has a hell of a lot more amenities than say one of the outlying COPs or FOBs. I’ve heard of some pretty wild stuff going on there but hey that’s just rumor because I’ll never see it.

Folks this is our state department. You don’t have to wonder why we can’t get anything done. They can’t put down their foo foo drinks long enough to take world affairs or a War serious.

I don’t envy Condoleezza on this one. But she should put the f*****g hammer down.

Never changes

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Here is our Concept

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Whoa know you can’t say ***** or **** you need to say **** and **** and the aircraft I’d do ****** and ***** with them.  I can’t send this up higher.  Hell did you spend any time on this concept?

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Well sir I can’t say ***** and **** because I’m not fucking doing that.  As for the aircraft, well I actually talked to the pilots and they wont’ do *****.  So maybe, just maybe you should let us do the planning on shit we know about and you check for spelling errors and send forward.

Just saying….lol