Don’t pity the Soldier

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Greg Jaffe wrote in the Washington Post:

…“They were rolled out like some sort of orphan kid,” the officer wrote in an e-mail. “I’m sure the organizers meant well. I know they did. But it wasn’t respect, really. It was pity.”…

… The troops are lavished with praise for their sacrifices. But the praise comes with a price, service members say. The public increasingly acts as if it feels sorry for those in uniform.

“We aren’t victims at all,” said Brig. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, who commanded troops in Iraq and will soon leave for Afghanistan. “But it seems that the only way that some can be supportive is to cast us in the role of hapless souls.”…

I’ve often thought about the many veteran support groups and programs and I tell you, it does feel a lot like pity sometimes and that makes me angry. I can accept the public’s view of the soldier with pity although I don’t like it or think it’s appropriate but what angers me most are the many veterans and active soldiers whining like little babies. I swear sometimes the “poor me’s” are infuriating. It’s not the majority of course.

(Now the following isn’t directed at all and there are legitimate groups that are doing great things with the wounded so this is not about not helping those that truly need it.)

We don’t need pity; we don’t need “help”. A little respect is enough. I don’t need to you to buy me a meal; I can easily afford my own. We are volunteers, we asked for what we got and I for one am damn proud of my choice. Don’t demean my profession by acting as though we are helpless and can’t find jobs when we transition. We are not. If you’re a vet don’t demean yourself by letting these people use you to make themselves feel better and usually a profit.

Most of us aren’t PTSD burn outs, we aren’t looking for handouts, and we don’t need a “jobs program” which will be BS anyway. If I apply for a job I want to be hired because I’m capable and better than that other applicant that probably can’t make it to work on time.

We will make it regardless of the challenges. That’s what we do.

Tough time posting

Sorry for the lack of posting lately. I’ve been rather busy and not a lot of time to actually write anything.   I will say the Raiders are leading their division.  Ok, that’s not saying much but hey it probably won’t last so I need to enjoy it while I can.

 

General spot on..

General Fuller was spot on and was then fired.  You see no one want’s to hear the truth.  Remember “you can’t handle the truth”.  Apparently so. 

On another site it was said that Generals were suppose to make it easier for the administration.  I disagree, generals are suppose to win wars and tell us the truth.  Folks we are being played for fools by them and ourselves…….

A top U.S. general in Afghanistan was fired Friday for making disparaging remarks about Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his government.

Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller, deputy commander of the NATO training mission in Afghanistan, made the remarks in an interview with Politico that was published Thursday.

Fuller told Politico that major players in the Afghan government are "isolated from reality." Fuller reacted angrily to claims from Karzai that Afghanistan would side with Pakistan if it were to go to war with the United States.

Fuller called Karzai’s statements "erratic," adding, "Why don’t you just poke me in the eye with a needle! You’ve got to be kidding me … I’m sorry, we just gave you $11.6 billion and now you’re telling me, ‘I don’t really care’?"

Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), released a statement Friday saying Fuller was to be relieved of his duties, "effective immediately."

"These unfortunate comments are neither indicative of our current solid relationship with the government of Afghanistan, its leadership, or our joint commitment to prevail here in Afghanistan", Allen said.

"The Afghan people are an honorable people, and comments such as these will not keep us from accomplishing our most critical and shared mission-bringing about a stable, peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan."

Pentagon officials who spoke to Fox News on the condition of anonymity agree that Fuller seemed to go off the rails in the Politico interview, admitting he showed extremely poor judgment. The fish line didn’t help his cause:

"You can teach a man how to fish, or you can give them a fish," Fuller said. "We’re giving them fish while they’re learning, and they want more fish! [They say,] ‘I like swordfish, how come you’re giving me cod?’ Guess what? Cod’s on the menu today."

Fuller is not the only loose-lipped general to sink his own ship. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, once the commander of ISAF, was fired by President Obama himself after the Rolling Stone published disparaging remarks he and his staff made about members of the administration.