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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

deception at it's finest...aka the officer corps

What do you do when confronted with absolute stupidity? Not only stupidity, but incompetence, ignorance, and arrogance!? Well, that’s what I am trying to figure out. Most of my complaints on this are in our own chain of command. Yes part of this problem is part of the training NCO’s, but a big part of it is a group of officers trying to cover their butts.
I will limit this to one complaint. (Even though it could easily go all night)
Some who read this don’t really know what’s going on. However you can still understand the following.
We have been getting jerked around for the entire time we have been here. Information is put out at 10pm, we go to bed at 5am that information mystically changes to something completely different. So here it is. For the past week we have been looking forward to an official day off. A day to leave this stinking military base and go into town, or do nothing, for a whole day of freedom. That day is tomorrow. Tonight we were allowed a very limited pass to go to town and blow some steam. Tomorrow we are supposed to sleep in or whatever. Well, we just got back from town. We were informed that for no reason, our pass tomorrow is canceled and we have to wake up at zero dark stupid (5am) and do physical training. What the fuck over!?
So that’s what I’m upset about specifically right now. But it’s not just now, it’s every day. This keeps happening over and over. Like my friend Grey is so fond of saying, “This is learned helplessness. It’s like the rat test where people shock rats randomly no matter what they do. Then, the rats curl up in a corner, their hair falls out, AND THEY DIE!!!”
It’s not the war that pisses me off, it’s my own command. I’m done now.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Embracing.....the suck

.....and I want to scratch this smallpox off my shoulder, rub it until I bleed, then douse it in bleach....OH IT ITCHES!!!
In other news president Bush gave a formal appology to the united states and the peoples of the Iraqi war for his decision to go to war with Iraq. He admitted that his purpose was personal in nature. He wanted to expand his legacy and oil........right, but someone would believe it if that WAS in print now wouldn't they? I don't know why I decided to write that, but I haven't played the devils advocate in a while. No politics just yet. I'm too busy scratching my smallpox in irritation, my head in confusion, and my ass in frustration... to have an opinion on anything right now.
I think if time permits I'll start a controversial issue soon...but it might not be what you expect.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

At long last....

At long last, some time off.
My platoon has been in the field for 10 days. "The field" was actually a simulated FOB (forward observation base). What a joke. We spent 10 days running around in circles. We got 2 hours of sleep per night. These two hours (give or take an hour on any given night)were periodically interupted by "morter attacks" (glorified fire crackers that were very loud) to which we responded by dragging our tired butts out of our warm sleeping bags and into cement bunkers.
My day typically started anywhere and ended anywhere, on the clock that is. One day we got up at 1am, ran missions all day, missed breakfast and lunch, ran more missions, got back at 8pm, had supper, went to bed, got up one hour later, and din't get to sleep until 10pm the following day. That is how it went for 10 days, except it felt like forever. So the worst stretch was about 1 hour of sleep in 50 hours or so. I can't believe we were still driving vehicles in that zombie state.
Anyhow, this is how I vent and relieve myself of pressure so I don't choke someone to death.
Now we have an evening off. Except we can't leave the area, so all we can really do is drink and not be bothered much. Which is just fine with me.
I can't wait to get to Iraq. We'll have our missions, and when we are done for the day, we are done, and no one will bother me until the next mission. Perhaps I'll write something happy later.

Friday, January 06, 2006

I was bored

I was bored so I thought I would post this. I agree completely. This is what we as the American country should do for all the country's that hate us so much.

1) The US will apologize to the world for our "interference" in their affairs, past and present. We will promise never to "interfere" again.2) We will withdraw our troops from all over the world, starting with Germany, South Korea and the Philippines. They don't want us there. We would station troops at our borders. No more sneaking through holes in the fence.3) All illegal aliens have 90 days to get their affairs together and leave. We'll give them a free trip home. After 90 days the remainder will be gathered up and deported immediately, regardless of who or where they are. France would welcome them.4) All future visitors will be thoroughly checked and limited to 90 day visits unless given a special permit. No one from a terrorist nation would be allowed in. If you don't like it there, change it yourself, don't hide here. Asylum would not ever be available to anyone. We don't need anymore cab drivers.5) No "students" over age 21. The older ones are the bombers. If they don't attend classes, they get a "D" and its back home, baby.6) The US will make a strong effort to become self sufficient energy wise. This will include developing non poluting sources of energy, but will require a temporary drilling of oil in the Alaskan wilderness. The caribou will have to cope for a while. 7) Offer Saudi Arabia and other oil producing countries $10 a barrel for their oil. If they don't like it, we go someplace else. 8) If there is a famine or other natural catastrophe in the world, we will not "interfere." They can pray to Allah or whomever, for seeds, rain, cement or whatever they need. Besides, most of what we give them gets "lost" or is taken by their army. The people who need it most get very little, anyway.9) Ship the UN headquarters to an island someplace. We don't need the spies and fair weather friends here. Besides, it would make a good homeless shelter or lockup for illegal aliens9a) Use the buildings as replacemetns for the twin towers.10) All Americans must go to charm and beauty school. That way, no one can call us "Ugly Americans" any longer. "The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying 'Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses.' she's got a baseball bat and she's yelling, 'You want a piece of me?'" -Robin Williams