Letter from a Force Recon Marine in A-Stan..
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    Letter from a Force Recon Marine in A-Stan..

    This was posted on another military forum I frequent.

    A great read for one and all.


    It's freezing here. I'm sitting on hard, cold dirt between rocks and
    shrubs at the base of the (DELETED) Mountains along the (DELETED) River
    watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave. Stake
    out, my friend, and no pizza delivery for thousands of miles.

    I also glance at the area around my ass every ten to fifteen seconds to
    avoid another scorpion sting. I've actually given up battling the
    chiggers and sand fleas, but them scorpions give a jolt like a cattle
    prod. Hurts like a bastard. The antidote tastes like transmission fluid
    but God bless the Marine Corps for the five vials of it in my pack.

    The one truth the Taliban cannot escape is that, believe it
    or not, they are human beings, which means they have to eat
    food and drink water. That requires couriers and that's where an old
    bounty hunter like me comes in handy. I track the couriers, locate the
    tunnel entrances and storage facilities, type the info into the
    handheld, shoot the coordinates up to the satellite link that tells the
    air commanders where to drop the hardware, we bash some heads for a
    while, then I track and record the new movement.

    It's all about intelligence. We haven't even brought in the snipers yet.
    These scurrying rats have no idea what they're in for. We are but days
    away from cutting off supply lines and allowing the eradication to begin.

    I dream of bin Laden waking up to find me standing over him
    with my boot on his throat as I spit into his face and plunge my nickel
    plated Bowie knife through his frontal lobe. But you know me. I'm a
    romantic. I've said it before and I'll say it again: This country blows,
    man. It's not even a country. There are no roads, there's no
    infrastructure, there's no government. This is an
    inhospitable, rock pit **** hole ruled by eleventh century
    warring tribes. There are no jobs here like we know jobs.

    Afghanistan offers two ways for a man to support his family: join the
    opium trade or join the army. That's it. Those are your options. Oh, I
    forgot, you can also live in a refugee camp and eat plum-sweetened,
    crushed beetle paste and squirt mud like a goose with stomach flu if
    that's your idea of a party. But the smell alone of those 'tent cities
    of the walking dead' is enough to hurl you into the poppy fields to
    cheerfully scrape bulbs for eighteen hours a day.

    I've been living with these Tajiks and Uzbeks and Turkmen and even a
    couple of Pushtins for over a month and a half now and this much I can
    say for sure: These guys, all of 'em, are Huns...actual, living Huns. They
    LIVE to fight. It's what they do. It's ALL they do. They have no respect
    for anything, not for their families or for each other or for themselves.

    They claw at one another as a way of life. They play polo
    with dead calves and force their
    five-year-old sons into human cockfights to defend the family honor..
    Huns, roaming packs of savage, heartless beasts who feed on each other's
    barbarism. Cavemen with AK47's. Then again, maybe I'm just cranky.

    I'm freezing my ass off on this stupid hill because my lap warmer is
    running out of juice and I can't recharge it until the sun comes up in a
    few hours.

    Oh yeah! You like to write letters, right? Do me a favor, Bizarre. Write
    a letter to CNN and tell Wolf and Anderson and that awful, sneering,
    pompous Aaron Brown to stop calling the Taliban 'smart.' They are not
    smart. I suggest CNN invest in a dictionary because the word they are
    looking for is 'cunning.' The Taliban are cunning, like jackals and
    hyenas and wolverines. They are sneaky and ruthless and, when
    confronted, cowardly. They are hateful, malevolent parasites who create
    nothing and destroy everything else. Smart. Pfft. Yeah, they're real smart.

    They've spent their entire lives reading only one book
    (and not a very good one, as books go) and consider hygiene
    and indoor plumbing to be products of the devil. They're still figuring
    out how to work a Bic lighter. Talking to a Taliban warrior about
    improving his quality of life is like trying to teach an ape how to hold
    a pen; eventually he just gets frustrated and sticks you in the eye with
    it.

    OK, enough. Snuffle will be up soon so I have to get back
    to my hole. Covering my tracks in the snow takes a lot of
    practice but I'm good at it. Please, I tell you and my
    fellow Americans to turn off the TV sets and move on with
    your lives.

    The story line you are getting from CNN and other news
    agencies is utter bull**** and designed not to deliver truth
    but rather to keep you glued to the screen through the
    commercials. We've got this one under control. The worst
    thing you guys can do right now is sit around analyzing what
    we're doing over here because you have no idea what
    we're doing and, really, you don't want to know. We are your military
    and we are doing what you sent us here to do.

    You wanna help? Buy Bonds America.

    (Name Deleted)
    Semper Fi
    _____________

    Forward this to all your friends and family.


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    I've heard things that this may be a fake?...true?


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    Quote Originally Posted by bgsuwoody View Post
    I've heard things that this may be a fake?...true?
    Weather it's fake or not, it's a pretty interesting read. Whoever wrote seems to be pretty poetic. I enjoyed it, that's for sharing!


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    Cool Read.


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    Weird that you happened to post this as I was just wondering if anyone knew of any good Force Recon books, maybe one or two written by former Force Recon Marines? As I'm sure it would be more accurate as to what Force Recon's mission really is and other specifics.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bgsuwoody View Post
    I've heard things that this may be a fake?...true?

    http://www.snopes.com/rumors/freezing.asp


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    Integrity, I know of a couple of great books, but they're a bit dated.

    Force Recon Diary 1969 and Force Recon Diary 1970 were written by Bruce Norton. He was a Corpsman during Vietnam and ended up leading a Force team. After his time in the Navy he went to school and came back as an officer. He was in charge of the base museum at MCRD San Diego when I went through.


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    Thanks Echo I'll have to search for them online and see what I can find.


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