Okay, I love the Brits too! I love America's soldiers, Marines, airmen, seamen, Coast Guard. Here is an edited (just a tiny bit) comment from our very own "boots on the ground" Coconut Commando
who entertains us regularly or makes our hearts break as our love and pride for our young troops fill our hearts - jaded by politics and the insanity of political correctness - with humility.
As you know, from time to time, I post a comment Coconut Commando has left because I just don't want his comments lost in "comments". He is in Iraq and shared a story when he was home for Christmas. He said the Americans at the airports just cheered and clapped and shouted of pride and such when the American military personnel would move from gate to gate catching flights home to loved ones. Good on ya, Americans!
Americans want victory - real victory! We know you are the folks to bring it home! Now, to Coconut Commando...in reference to the political campaigns and the ?able candidates we have posturing before us:
Hello Beach Girl,
I think the real question that reporters should be asking is the same that real American citizens want to know. Where the hell do they dig up these “qualified candidates?
I have to tell you, I would vote for some of my junior soldiers for the next presidency well before any of the potential candidates and here’s why. They will admit to screwing up, they have had speeding tickets, drank themselves to oblivion at least once, gotten into fist fights, run naked across post (even here in Iraq), and a whole other slew of craziness. In short, most of my soldiers are basically tough guys. But at least my guys haven’t ripped poor people off from their life savings (Whitewater).
How is that good?
They will always admit to all of their screw ups and not deny any part of it. Some of them will be courteous enough to invite you to the next naked run. They will stay faithful to each other, the United States, their families, girlfriends, wives, and children. They will openly weep when they lose one of their own, they will always put others before themselves. When they make a decision, they will stick to it regardless of whether it’s popular or politically correct. They will not hesitate to use high levels of violence when it is necessary and a last resort.
When asked, they will tell you that they are American, not (insert country here)-Americans. Why, because they are proud to serve their country and not looking for media acceptance.
These are men that have seen more horror in their young lives than most politicians have read about in their entire careers. I would never hesitate trusting them with my life, the life of my wife and children. I wouldn’t trust most politicians to get a Slurpee for me at 7-11 much less with something actually important.
The "nut case" Islamists of the world know for a fact that Democrats and, particularly Obama and Hillary, will make their decision as gray and inconclusive as possible, they will change that decision at the drop of a hat as soon as the press reports anything negative on it, and they can always count on the “feel-good, rainbow” mentality that these politicians always follow.
I laugh at the fact that both of them, especially Hillary, will constantly flap off at the gums about needing “leadership” at the White House. One- I hope that she’s not implying that her husband is a leader because the only thing he did while he was in the White House was to make adultery popular. Two- Hillary has only looked out for herself and NO ONE else. And three- Both of them will only ruin this country for our children because they wanted to be seen as “Good Guys” in front of the media.
Terrorist are going to use all of this against us and these politicians, not leaders, are going to hand our freedom to them as long as it doesn’t offend them or look bad for the night’s ratings.
His men are worth so much more than the politicians who play with their lives. For those who may not know, the Democrat House voted down funding for military transport that would have deflected the IEDs that are killing our troops in Iraq.
I am glad that Commando reminded me of the difference between politicians and "leaders". I printed his comment here because neither of the persons he mentioned are the "commander in chief". If they were, of course, he would not have used the names out of respect for the Office of the President.
I have a great group of young Navy men living close to me. They watch out for me and my family and I know we are safer for their presence. When they have time off, they don their head scarfs in bandana style, flex their tatoos, and act like the loveable gang/lugs they are.
They have honor and integrity and they too are serving our nation; they are loyal, they are true, and they fess up to their "errors in judgement".
Thanks to Coconut Commando and his men for being the men they are. They are Americans, not hyphens! They have volunteered to fight for our nation; they are not politicians; they are men of integrity, honor, and they will keep us safe.
One more thing, thank you to all our young men and women serving in our military forces. Thank you for doing the jobs you do. And thank you to you families -moms, dads, sisters, brothers, wives, children - God bless them each and every one.
As an aside, I read somewhere that every year or so the Marines are given surveys/questionnaires to fill out. I may be wrong here but it is my understanding that one of the questions or series of questions asks our young Marines if they would fire on American citizens. So far, if I have it right, our young Marines have continued to say, "No." God bless you!