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Must Read: A Letter from a Recon Marine in Afghanistan
Notoriously Conservative ^ | 11 13 09 | Notoriously Conservative

Posted on 11/13/2009 10:19:31 AM PST by Notoriously Conservative

From the Sand Pit: It's freezing here. I'm sitting on hard, cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush Mountains, along the Dar 'yoi Pomir River, watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave. Stake out my friend, and no pizza delivery for thousands of miles.

I also glance at the area around my a-- every ten to fifteen seconds to avoid another scorpion sting. I've actually given up battling the chiggers and sand fleas, but those scorpions give a jolt like a cattle prod; hurts like a ba---rd. The antidote tastes like transmission fluid, but God bless the Marine Corps for the five vials of it in my pack.

The one truth the Taliban cannot escape is, believe it or not, they are human beings, which means they have to eat food and drink water. That requires couriers and that's where an old bounty hunter like me comes in handy. I track the couriers, locate the tunnel entrances and storage facilities, type the info into the handheld, shoot the coordinates up to the satellite link that tells the air commanders where to drop the hardware. We bash some heads for a while, then I track and record the new movement.

It's all about intelligence. We haven't even brought in the snipers yet. These scurrying rats have no idea what they're in for. We are but days away from cutting off supply lines and allowing the eradication to begin.

I dream of Bin Laden waking up to find me standing over him with my boot on his throat as I spit into his face and plunge my nickel-plated Bowie knife through his frontal lobe. But you know me, I'm a romantic. I've said it before and I'll say it again...

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TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; bogusemail; chainemail; chat; marines; military; urbanlegend

1 posted on 11/13/2009 10:19:34 AM PST by Notoriously Conservative
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To: Notoriously Conservative

Thanks. These “kids” are so brave.


2 posted on 11/13/2009 10:25:07 AM PST by Frantzie (Judge David Carter - democrat & dishonorable Marine like John Murtha.)
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To: All

God Bless!!!


3 posted on 11/13/2009 10:26:35 AM PST by Maverick68 (w)
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To: Notoriously Conservative

So much for OPSEC.


4 posted on 11/13/2009 10:27:18 AM PST by Wu (Excuse me while I kiss the sky......)
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To: Notoriously Conservative

GREAT post! Thank you.


5 posted on 11/13/2009 10:27:41 AM PST by A Cyrenian
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To: Notoriously Conservative
Please, I tell you and my fellow Americans to turn off the TV sets and move on with your lives. The story line you are getting from CNN and other news agencies is utter bullsh-- and designed not to deliver truth but rather to keep you glued to the screen through the commercials. We've got this one under control. The worst thing you guys can do right now is sit around analyzing what we're doing over here, because you have no idea what we're doing, and really, you don't want to know. We are your military, and we are doing what you sent us here to do.

I shut off my teevee service a few months back. Don't miss it at all.

6 posted on 11/13/2009 10:28:21 AM PST by Huck (The Constitution--a big government boondoggle.)
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To: Notoriously Conservative

Thanks for posting this.


7 posted on 11/13/2009 10:29:38 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Sure, I think this is something everyone should read.


8 posted on 11/13/2009 10:30:45 AM PST by Notoriously Conservative (http://www.notoriouslyconservative.com)
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To: Notoriously Conservative

Semper fi to one bad a$$ Marine.

I’m glad to see that Force Recon has not mellowed or toned down their fighting spirit in 50 years. Although, truth be said, Force Recon guys I knew would have spelled out those curse words.


9 posted on 11/13/2009 10:31:08 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Notoriously Conservative

I never bought into the media reports from Afghanistan and Iraq. Maybe that’s because I have family who have served in both places and their letters look a lot like this guy’s letter. They deserve nothing but our respect.


10 posted on 11/13/2009 10:34:07 AM PST by Wee-Weed Up
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To: Notoriously Conservative
Great Post. It is criminal that our good men and women on the frontlines have their hands tied though in doing there job. Check out these links:

New Obama Military Rules of Engagement:, Don’t shoot back.

http://www.backpacker.com/cgi-bin/forums/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=116108449;t=9991124425

http://lornakismet.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/obamas-first-military-order-don%E2%80%99t-shoot-back-at-taliban-terrorists/

11 posted on 11/13/2009 10:36:42 AM PST by clove (In God we Trust, all others need a birth certificate and picture ID)
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To: Notoriously Conservative

God bless our brave troops.


12 posted on 11/13/2009 10:38:49 AM PST by SoKatt ("Change" is not a strategy!)
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To: Huck

The cable company begged me but it is gone. Just remember folkks - your cable or sat TV bill allocates aorund a dollar or less to channels like CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, et al - you get the picture.

Keep paying for and watching TV if you want to be a serf and dhimini slave to Islam.

Fox is trying but they are partially owned by the Saudis. The largest exporters and funders of jihad who want your kids to be their slaves.


13 posted on 11/13/2009 10:41:32 AM PST by Frantzie (Judge David Carter - democrat & dishonorable Marine like John Murtha.)
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To: Notoriously Conservative

This is awesome. I have a feeling the snipers will be arriving in the not-too-distant future.


14 posted on 11/13/2009 10:41:57 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Notoriously Conservative

Thanks for this article. Excellent read. I love this guy! Semper Fi!


15 posted on 11/13/2009 10:42:19 AM PST by gimme1ibertee ("In a time of universal deceit,telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"-G. Orwell)
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To: RedRover; jazusamo; Girlene; 4woodenboats; Grimmy; xzins; smoothsailing; lilycicero; bigheadfred; ..

(( ping ))

I think you will enjoy this.


16 posted on 11/13/2009 10:43:26 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Notoriously Conservative

Every American should read this.


17 posted on 11/13/2009 10:43:45 AM PST by Frantzie (Judge David Carter - democrat & dishonorable Marine like John Murtha.)
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To: Frantzie

Direct TV begged me too. Offerred me money and things to stay on. Offerred a trial separation. I said no thanks. I want a divorce! lol. It is very much NOT MISSED.


18 posted on 11/13/2009 10:44:08 AM PST by Huck (The Constitution--a big government boondoggle.)
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To: clove
New Obama Military Rules of Engagement:, Don’t shoot back.

Rules are made to be broken.The hell with 0bama.You guys stay safe and strong over there and do whatever you have to,to get the job done and get home ASAP.
19 posted on 11/13/2009 10:45:16 AM PST by gimme1ibertee ("In a time of universal deceit,telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"-G. Orwell)
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To: Notoriously Conservative

Sorry.. But I have read this story over the years and each long thread ends with the conclusion this is a hoax.


20 posted on 11/13/2009 10:45:27 AM PST by Broker (Sharpen the knife.)
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To: Notoriously Conservative

Although this letter appears to be a couple of years old ( the reference to Aaron Brown at CNN ) it’s still timely .


21 posted on 11/13/2009 10:46:21 AM PST by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: Notoriously Conservative
The story line you are getting from CNN and other news agencies is utter bullsh-- and designed not to deliver truth but rather to keep you glued to the screen through the commercials. We've got this one under control.

I might add that the GOP and their talking heads/spinners now have a vested interest in hyping the negatives in Afghanistan as well. Out of power, the GOP and their spinners have taken just as naturally to talking down the economy and talking down progress in the war as the DEMs did when out of power.

22 posted on 11/13/2009 10:46:45 AM PST by Huck (The Constitution--a big government boondoggle.)
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To: windcliff; onedoug

Great post!


23 posted on 11/13/2009 10:49:57 AM PST by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: Notoriously Conservative

What I love about our service people besides the obvious, is their language (military) and their rye sence of humor. I respect them all. HOO RAH!


24 posted on 11/13/2009 10:51:46 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: Notoriously Conservative
What an incredible letter!!! And...as a Vet, and now a civilian...what a waste of incredibly brave assets.

This recon Marine is very very right...we (civilians) did send him over there to do the job he is doing. Whatever happens to him....whatever losses our military suffers for what he accurately calls a sh_ _ hole is 100% our fault.

We need to remember that as we get ready for work each morning...eat our lunches....watch FOX or other news channels....read to our kids...go to religious services on Sunday...visit our friends....and crawl into our lovely beds each nite for some sound sleep.

And don't whine the old saw about, "he knew what he was getting into...he volunteered."

True enough....he volunteered to join the military with the sure and certain knowledge that he was defending our freedom and was honor bound to perform the tasks we set before him - and his brothers.

Well...he's doing his job.

Now....what exactly are we doing to use his willingness....his honor....his life in the best and most effective way?

Af-gan-ee-stan??? I-rack???

Nah....

What is transpiring over there, now that the new islamic muslim-in-chief and his administration have taken over control is a complete waste of these brave men (and women). And any harm that comes to either him or his fellow service personnel (how do you like that a PC phrase!!!) is - without a shred of doubt - 100% our fault!

IMHO, here is what needs to happen....

"When in doubt, hit harder than you think necessary. Success will be forgiven. Even the best-intentioned failure will not. When military force is used against terrorist networks, it should be used with such power that it stuns even our allies. We must get over our cowardice in means. While small-scale raids and other knifepoint operations are useful against individual targets, broader operations should be overwhelming. Whenever possible, maximum force should be used in simultaneous operations. Do not hesitate to supplement initial target lists with extensive bombing attacks on nothing if they can increase the initial psychological impact. Demonstrate power whenever you can. Show; don't tell! (Do – don’t talk!)
Kill terrorists on the spot (do not give them a chance to surrender, if you can help it). Contrary to academic and MSM "wisdom", the surest way to make a martyr of a terrorist is to capture, convict and imprison him, leading to endless efforts by sympathizers to stage kidnappings, hijacking and other events intended to liberate the imprisoned terrorist(s)(or as just announced - public civilian trials of confessed islamic muslim terrorists). This is war, not law enforcement!
Never listen to those who warn that ferocity on our part reduces us to the level of the terrorists. That is the argument of the campus and the MSM, not of the battlefield, and it insults America's service members and the American people. Historically, we have proven, time after time, that we can do a tough, dirty job for our country without any damage to our nation's moral fabric (Hiroshima and Nagasaki did not interfere with American democracy, values or behavior).
Spare and protect innocent civilians whenever possible, but: do not let the prospect of civilian casualties interfere with ultimate mission accomplishment. This is a fight to protect the American people, and we must do so whatever the cost, or the price in American lives may be devastating. In a choice between them, and us the choice is always us.".

25 posted on 11/13/2009 10:54:00 AM PST by Logic n' Reason (If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.)
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To: Notoriously Conservative
I've actually given up battling the chiggers and sand fleas, but those scorpions give a jolt like a cattle prod; hurts like a ba---rd.

I was in Afghanistan for 1 year. There are no chiggers there like in North Carolina. I am suspecting this whole article.

26 posted on 11/13/2009 11:14:13 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: 2banana

I’m with you.


27 posted on 11/13/2009 11:21:51 AM PST by stormer
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To: Notoriously Conservative
nickel-plated Bowie knife

USMC Force Recon & "nickel plated Bowie knife" are for the most part mutually exclusive.

28 posted on 11/13/2009 11:51:23 AM PST by xsrdx (Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas)
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To: Lancey Howard

PC is dead w/him...awesome. Thanks for the ping.


29 posted on 11/13/2009 11:56:24 AM PST by lilycicero
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To: Huck

Same here. Good for you Huck. I told them why too. Liberal propaganda, Larry David urinating on a picture of Christ and on and on. They offered me the Christian package.

If there is a sporting event - I can probably get it off the Internet Tv but who cares anymore.


30 posted on 11/13/2009 11:58:45 AM PST by Frantzie (Judge David Carter - democrat & dishonorable Marine like John Murtha.)
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To: stylecouncilor

How many Marines will islamist In Chief FUBAma help kill today?


31 posted on 11/13/2009 12:46:19 PM PST by onedoug
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To: Logic n' Reason

This is war, not law enforcement!
Never listen to those who warn that ferocity on our part reduces us to the level of the terrorists. That is the argument of the campus and the MSM, not of the battlefield, and it insults America’s service members and the American people. Historically, we have proven, time after time, that we can do a tough, dirty job for our country without any damage to our nation’s moral fabric (Hiroshima and Nagasaki did not interfere with American democracy, values or behavior).
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SEMPER FI


32 posted on 11/13/2009 2:01:08 PM PST by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: Notoriously Conservative

Turn blind eye to rules of engagement or risk losing them both.


33 posted on 11/13/2009 2:09:47 PM PST by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: TomasUSMC

Fair winds and calm seas, sir!


34 posted on 11/13/2009 2:37:58 PM PST by Logic n' Reason (If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.)
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To: Lancey Howard

Thanks for the ping! Definitely enjoyed it!! God bless this Marine.


35 posted on 11/13/2009 4:38:18 PM PST by Semper Fi Mom (Mother of a Marine and proud of it! (www.WeSupport Frank.com))
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To: Notoriously Conservative
bogus
36 posted on 12/06/2009 4:12:23 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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