I guess during the process of putting his thoughts in writing a few other issues came out also.
It's good to vent, and while I edited the content for length, the real meat of the message is here in all it's glory.
I should explain that this individual spent 15 months in Iraq and was involved in several missions, including the siege of Baqubah. (sp?)
Here are his words.
Tell these people that are saying stop loss is needed, that they need to do some more research.
The army is currently over-strength.
If we weren't in two wars, they'd be trying to pay people to get out.
One month after defense secretary Gates recommended to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to lower the percentage of soldiers being stop lossed, they instead raised the number by 43%.
Soldiers who are stop lossed, serve on average, an additional 6.6 months.
Ask them if they can imagine being 3,000 miles away from home, going out risking their lives for 180+ days when they are supposed to be home living their lives.
Tell anybody who wants to know, if I was only doing 6.6 months, I would have way less of an issue with it. But I'm a lucky one and I get an additional 19 months.
Tell the guy who is in the army and suggests that soldiers get paid more money that,
A. It was never about money for me. I could be making at least 15 grand more a year as a police officer.
B. Stop lossed soldiers are supposed to get extra pay, the bill has been passed, yet the same government who decided that we didn't deserve to be civilians, also decided we didn't deserve the money we were entitled to. And,
C. If he wants more money, just wait, when we're done in Afghanistan, they'll stick a nice check in his pocket and kick his ass out the door with maybe a thank you, but we don't need your service anymore.
Tell them that stop loss is only legal in a time of war. I guess since we're in the global war on terror, maybe I could run away to Canada.
Technically if the war is global, I'd be upholding my end of the deal.
This isn't a war, this is an attempt to destabilize the most populous Muslim region in the world, in order to keep one strong Muslim country or uprising that would finally fill in the power vacuum that was left when,
A. World Wars I and II sapped Europe of all there power (thanks to the fact that we ensured through our great treaties that countries like Germany would not regain any form of power for decades to come),and
B. The Cold War ended and Russia collapsed leaving all the areas they were trying to support economically to stand against us, and resulting in a lawless society of people who never had a government. (except for during the Russian rule).
Politicians knew that the Muslims would eventually rise against us if we didn't do something about it because the hardliners feel that America's "degradation" of women is causing the traditional family model to collapse globally.
Don't listen when these d-bag politicians try to say "Muslims hate us cause of our religion".
They hate us because in our society if women wanna raise a family, do it up.
You wanna be a professional and don't have time for a family, that's fine, we won't behead you, or throw acid on you, we'll encourage you.
It is truly, in their eyes, a fight of good vs. evil, or old school vs. new school, traditions vs. progress.
I'm not saying I'm not proud to have fought for my country, or that I don't agree with why we're fighting (both reasons, the real one I just stated and the whole religious ticket too).
Sorry, I could go on forever.
I don't know how this went from stop loss to what the war is or isn't about but...Any of these folks who agree with stop loss, or are just brain washed retards period, tell them to look me up and I'll educate their dumb asses.
Sorry again, more sarcasm than anger!
I'm attempting to force the government to pay attention to the stop loss issue, and make good on Secretary Gates' order to reduce the numbers of stop lossed soldiers.
If left to the leaders of the Army it will never happen, because it's easier to do nothing, than to fix the problem.
PLEASE HELP THE CAUSE BY SIGNING THE PETITION.Online petition - End Stop Loss
You can also help by posting a link to the petition on you blog, and telling your friends an relatives about it.
Or simply link back to, www.infantrydad.blogspot.com.
And I'll do the rest.
May god bless and keep our soldiers safe so that they may all return to their loved ones soon.