Thursday, August 30, 2007

I'm Tired

I rarely use material other than my own in my blog site, but this letter caught my eye and I felt compelled to share it. My personal thoughts are that this reflects the truth much more than does anything we get from the media.
Whether you agree or disagree with the content, this is a real letter and the writer deserves not only respect for his views, but much greater respect for his service to our country. Please refer to: for a look at this man's military career. He certainly personifies the word 'hero', and we, as a nation, are blessed by his service.


Two weeks ago, as I was starting my sixth month of duty in Iraq, I was forced to return to the USA for surgery for an injury I sustained prior to my deployment. With luck, I'll return to Iraq to finish my tour.

I left Baghdad, and a war that has every indication that we are winning, to return to a demoralized country much like the one I returned to in 1971 after my tour in Vietnam. Maybe it's because I'll turn 60 years old in just four months, but I'm tired:

I'm tired of spineless politicians, both Democrat and Republican, who lack the courage, fortitude and character to see these difficult tasks through.

I'm tired of the hypocrisy of politicians who want to rewrite history when the going gets tough.

I'm tired of the disingenuous clamor from those that claim they 'Support the Troops' by wanting them to 'Cut and Run' before victory is achieved.

I'm tired of a mainstream media that can only focus on car bombs and casualty reports because they are too afraid to leave the safety of their hotels to report on the courage and success our brave men and women are having on the battlefield.

I'm tired that so many Americans think you can rebuild a dictatorship into a democracy overnight.

I'm tired that so many ignore the bravery of the Iraqi people to go to the voting booth and freely elect a Constitution and soon a permanent Parliament.

I'm tired of the so called 'Elite Left' that prolongs this war by giving aid and comfort to our enemy, just as they did during the Vietnam War.

I'm tired of antiwar protesters showing up at the funerals of our fallen soldiers, a family whose loved ones gave their life in a just and noble cause, only to be cruelly tormented on the funeral day by cowardly protesters is beyond shameful.

I'm tired that my generation, the Baby Boom -- Vietnam generation, who have such a weak backbone that they can't stomach seeing the difficult tasks through to victory.

I'm tired that some are more concerned about the treatment of captives than they are the slaughter and beheading of our citizens and allies.

I'm tired that when we find mass graves it is seldom reported by the press, but mistreat a prisoner and it is front-page news.

Mostly, I'm tired that the people of this great nation didn't learn from history that there is no substitute for victory.

Joe Repya, Lieutenant Colonel, U. S. Army 101st Airborne Division


Larry Whinnery said...

I have read your introductory comment about this soldier's letter over & over but still have a problem with it. I certainly can have a great deal of respect for his service to our country, but don't have respect for his views - nor am I, or anyone else, required to do so. We only have to respect his right to express his views. This would apply to anyone expressing views. We only have to respect the right to express opinions. I hope this was just a mistatement on your part.

Dougie said...

Guilty as charged. I shoulda, coulda, worded it better than I did. Just because I very much agree with and respect his thoughts, I should not have expected everyone else to do the same.

Larry Whinnery said...

I will admit that, at one time, I would have felt anger with anyone who agreed with many of the points this soldier made, but now I just feel much disappointment. I would freely listen to and accept any courageous stories the Colonel has to tell about his combat experiences, but (as he may have already been told by his superiors) he is way out of line to assume the role of sociological analyst. His background is limited to military pursuits & actions. What he came home to from Vietnam was a Country demoralized over an unjust & illegal war; a country founded on freedom of speech & expression. His job is to fight for those freedoms, not come home and interfere with them.

President Abraham Lincoln suspended the right to writ of habeas corpus so that he could have war prostestors jailed. Actually, only the Congress is supposed to have this suspension power. Mr Lincoln would have had to "face the music" if he had not been killed. As it is though, only his memory has had to face harsh criticism and admonishment from historians. Of course the country did not learn the lesson available and put thousands of people in concentration camps because they were of Japanese decent. But then, Colonel Repya says "there is no substitute for victory". I guess he means jailing protestors, etc. is OK as long as there is victory (whatever that is).

If the colonel thinks that any of his efforts will "rebuild a dictatorship into a democracy" (what a pipe dream) he is really demonstrating his lack of any abilities outside of his combat expertise.

Dougie said...

Your viewpoint is duly recorded. Thanks for sharing. This is what blogging is, and should be, about.