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Jay Shaft: A Letter From A Soldier's Mother

Letter From A Soldier's Mother: Soldier's Are Not Combat Ready!


From Jay Shaft
Coalition For Free Thought In Media

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To Jay, Re:Your letter from a US Army Soldier
To: freethoughtinmedia@yahoo.com

Jay ,

I have a daughter who just deployed to Iraq, she is still in transit. Before they left, their Col. went on a dry run. He came back to fill them in on what to expect. They will be stationed way out in the middle of "nowhere," living in tents, limited running water and electricity, will be equal to being in prison......she has served the last 17 years feeding the troops in the mess hall. Getting up before the crack of dawn, and working till the last pot was cleaned.

When they went out on maneuvers, she cooked and fed the soldiers, did not do combat duty. Her mess company has been reassigned all of a sudden in the last couple of months, before deploying...because all overseas mess halls have been contracted out to Brown & Root, run by civilians.

The battalion will be eating MRE's......& on a severe ration of bottled water, to be transported in. The Commander advised them to plan on losing the average of 25 lbs., due to dehydration from water rations and Iraqi germs, their immune systems are not used to. They will be sitting ducks out there, for nothing? She is packing an M16, dressed in combat uniforms......ready for what?

Every soldier in her company is in the same boat, they have had spatula's and spoons in hand for years...not combat trained (except boot camp and possible couple times a year target practice. The field training, was doing their ordinary duties)

They are not part of the "Special Forces" patrolling and 'military policing'. Just because there are not enough troops, they throw these untrained for combat soldiers out to the wolves?

I've heard that this Iraqi war is the largest deployment since the WWII. For what? 9/11? There were 3000 lives lost in 9/11. Just how many of those lives were actually U.S. natural born citizens? Subtract the non citizens and visitors, what do we come up with, as far as numbers go? When we've lost the equivilant of lives, in Iraq......do we quit? When is enough, enough? Do we keep on killing Iraqi's, and losing troops, till dooms day? Bush has already identified himself as the "WAR PRESIDENT". When do American voters wise up and kick the killer out of our White House.

Can someone please tell me, why the USA troops are there? Miles from anywhere and nowhere? Watching over the bush gold, oil? Why isn't everyone asking questions, demanding answers? Why are people just accepting the bush propaganda?

Meanwhile, the influx of foreign terrorists keep growing and carrying out more sophisticated attacks with greater accuracy. Our Intel cannot track them, or hack into their method of communications, which they obviously have to communicate with each other to carry out their attacks. Our military cannot come up with suitable convoy equipment, to detect even the simplest types of roadside bombs. And instead of setting off and destroying the bombs from a safe distance, they insist on trying to "disarm" them with humans, who end up being blown to smithereens.

That airhead Rumsfeld, the politician, is running the show, telling the Pentagon what to do, that's why?

I am thoroughly fed up with this whole bush crap.

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