I'm tired

Discussion in 'Freedom and Liberty' started by ghrit, Apr 16, 2007.


  1. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    I lifted this from a forward from a Navy buddy that has kept in touch with me over the years. I don't know where he found it. Anyway, I am passing this along, complete, and without permission of the author. There's no date on it, but looks to be a couple years old. Hope the writer made it thru.

    "[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Arial]"I'm Tired"

    Two weeks ago, as I was starting my sixth month of
    duty in Iraq, I was
    forced to return to the USA for surgery for an injury
    I sustained prior to
    my deployment. With luck, I'll return to Iraq to
    finish my tour.

    I left Baghdad and a war that has every indication
    that we are winning, to
    return to a demoralized country much like the one I
    returned to in 1971
    after my tour in Vietnam. Maybe it's because I'll turn
    60 years old in just
    four months, but I'm tired:

    I'm tired of spineless politicians, both Democrat and
    Republican who lack
    the courage, fortitude, and character to see these
    difficult tasks through.

    I'm tired of the hypocrisy of politicians who want to
    rewrite history when
    the going gets tough.

    I'm tired of the disingenuous clamor from those that
    claim they 'Support the
    Troops' by wanting them to 'Cut and Run' before
    victory is achieved.

    I'm tired of a mainstream media that can only focus on
    car bombs and
    casualty reports because they are too afraid to leave
    the safety of their
    hotels to report on the courage and success our brave
    men and women are
    having on the battlefield.

    I'm tired that so many Americans think you can rebuild
    a dictatorship into a
    democracy over night.

    I'm tired that so many ignore the bravery of the Iraqi
    people to go to the
    voting booth and freely elect a Constitution and soon
    a permanent
    Parliament.

    I'm tired of the so called 'Elite Left' that prolongs
    this war by giving aid
    and comfort to our enemy, just as they did during the
    Vietnam War.

    I'm tired of antiwar protesters showing up at the
    funerals of our fallen
    soldiers. A family who's loved ones gave their life in
    a just and noble
    cause, only to be cruelly tormented on the funeral day
    by cowardly
    protesters is beyond shameful.

    I'm tired that my generation, the Baby Boom -- Vietnam
    generation, who have
    such a weak backbone that they can't stomach seeing
    the difficult tasks
    through to victory.

    I'm tired that some are more concerned about the
    treatment of captives than
    they are the slaughter and beheading of our citizens
    and allies.

    I'm tired that when we find mass graves it is seldom
    reported by the press,
    but mistreat a prisoner and it is front page news.

    Mostly, I'm tired that the people of this great nation
    didn't learn from
    history that there is no substitute for Victory.

    Sincerely,
    Joe Repya,
    Lieutenant Colonel, U. S. Army
    101st Airborne Division"

    I think the Colonel deserves an "attaboy" at least for telling it like it is for most of us here. No clue how to do that. The hell of it is, there are more like him that don't speak up. I guess regs won't allow it, but this guy doesn't (nor should he) care, he's paid his dues.
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  2. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Nice... Thanks for posting...[winkthumb]
     
  3. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    Very nice, thanks for posting.
     
  4. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    His truths sadden me.

    It's unfortunate that the voices of those who do not appreciate servicemen and their sacrifices are heard over the voices of those of us who are so very thankful for those who serve.
     
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