If The Shoe Fits...
By SPC Freeman, Milo; US Army, Iraq
Posted 06/31/07 "ICH
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Memorandum for Record: Military Spending
FROM: SPC Freeman, Milo; US Army, Iraq
TO: Senate Democrats, Republicans, and "American Idol" viewers
across the nation.
1. You. Punk. Ass. Pantywaisted. Bitches.
2. You had a chance. You could have put your money where your
mouth is--could have put some ass behind all those claims of
"favoring an end to war."
3. And you fucking choked.
4. Let me explain something to you. Your children; your spouses;
your lovers and friends and parents and CONSTITUENTS are
hostages to this war. They're dying for a conflict with no
concrete objective. They're losing marriages and childhood
moments to a never-ending cycle of extended tours. Their
equipment, their morale, is stretched thin. And some of
them--those of us smart enough not to buy the fucking hype--were
counting on you to find your fucking testicles and put an end to
this shit. We were counting on you to save us from ourselves; to
find a way to put us to use serving our country in ways perhaps
more effective in rebuilding our nation.
5. And you. Fucking. Choked.
6. I haven't gotten a current edition of the paper in months.
It's always a day behind. I don't get to check the news--I
barely have the time. So what am I to think when I read
yesterday's Stars and Stripes, and hear about this shit? Is that
supposed to tell me that my leaders, my countrymen give a flying
FUCK about what happens to me or my wife? Is that the message
I'm supposed to glean from this STUNNING lack of cojones?
Because I gotta tell you, America, I'm not seeing it.
7. I'm so sick of hearing this wretched war talked about in
terms of Victory or Defeat. "If we leave, the terrorists will
8. Fuck that.
9. Today it's Terrorists. Yesterday it was
Blacks/Gays/Jews/Hippies. Before that it was Communists. Before
that, it was Uppity Colonials with Secondhand Muskets and
Pitchforks. It's always fucking something with you people, isn't
10.You just need your little wars to feel good about yourselves,
don't you? Something to make you feel threatened; something to
make you feel heroic; ANYTHING to make you feel like your
pathetic lives are more than just you against the Big, Black,
Scary Infinite. Well, obviously, it's working.
11. You don't magically "win" an occupation. It's an inevitable
bleed-out. We're stuck in a situation beyond our powers to fix,
in a country that WE voted to destroy, whose history and people
we neither understand nor care to try. We bought the hype,
12. Fuck Victory. Fuck Defeat. Any way you slice it, This. War.
13.You don't keep trying to win the game after it turns out you
bribed the refs. You fire the coaches and/or players
responsible, and you hand over the Title. You take your lumps
like a fucking man and try to rebuild. Accept it.
13. Hope you're happy, America. Clutch your pearls about all
those dirty liberals who voted against the proposal ("They
didn't Support The Troops!"). Whine about all the evil elderly
schoolteachers and librarians protesting the war on a Saturday
morning outside your courthouse.
14. But when your son or daughter or spouse or first lay comes
home airfreight, mangled into a closed-casket service by a
daisy-chain of 155s buried under Route Tampa, remember this:
15. It won't be the dirty liberals who put them there.
Milo Freeman, SPC
United States Army, Iraq
Credit: Thanks to Nolan K. Anderson for bringing this letter to
my attention. Mr. Anderson attached the following comment to the
"This came to me via an old-time – World War II - military man
who is trying to care for his World War War II Army nurse wife
on a pension that has been cut and cut and cut by our War Makers
over the years to the point where trying to live longer than his
meager pension is more frightening than the snow and mud and
cold and blood and “technologically advanced death” of the Big
Nolan K. Anderson is a retired engineer and a veteran of Korea
who was once a “conservative” until he found there was nothing
left to conserve and as a veteran hates to see a tour in Korea
go to waste. (He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org).
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