Friday, May 24, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend

I finished reading Jon Krakuaer's book, "Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman". The book was a real eye-opener for me. On one level it brought together the events of the Battle of Nasiriyah, specifically the events surrounding the deaths of the Marines in their tracs. I was not in the battle, however, my unit was tasked with replacing the unit, 1/2, that had taken Nasiriyah. So, Krakauer listed a few books pertaining to the Battle for Nasiriyah, aka, "Ambush Ally". He also explained the Jessica Lynch dealeo, which, we were aware of when we rolled into town due to what we were briefed on and the wreckage that was still in place. Krakauer points out how the military and government lied and twisted the accounts of the Lynch Ambush, the destruction of the two Marine tracs, the deaths of those Marines and lying about Cpl. Tillman's death.
While I was in Iraq it did not take long for me to figure out that there were no WMDs in Iraq and that Iraq was just an opportunity for President Bush to finish his father's business; in the end we actually rallied the Islamic fascists to keep fighting.
 So, Krakauer's book opened my eyes and challenged and confirmed thoughts that I have had about Iraq and Afghanistan. But, it seems as though one is cast as a non-patriotic looser if you make a critical comment about the war and or United States Government; so, what if the critic is in fact a combat veteran? War should be looked at with a very critical eye since war is a very vile endeavor no matter the justification for it! 
The blood of the dead and those wounded in action, is on the hands of the politicians, whether or not they are men, women, Republican or Democrat; they made direct and indirect decisions regarding the war in Afghanistan and Iraq!
 I with out a doubt do not trust the United States Government!