Stories continue to roll in of soldiers who are losing
their lives by fighting a type of warfare we tried in Vietnam to no avail. The
story of Army Staff Sergeant Matthew Sitton is one such example. He was KIA on
August 2, 2012, after spending months warning his superiors and Congress that
the style of warfare he and his men were being forced to undertake was as
pointless as it was dangerous.
On June 4, Sitton wrote Rep. Bill Young
(R-FL) to describe the conditions under which he was fighting and the types of
duties he and his men were being asked to undertake.
correspondence, SSG Sitton wrote:
I feel myself and my soldiers are
being put into unnecessary positions where harm and danger are imminent. There
is no...purpose for the patrols given to us for our chain of command, only that
we will be out for a certain time period. We are walking around aimlessly
through grape rows and compounds that are littered with explosives.
Again, this is limited war at its best, which is limited war at its
worst. Instead of using large weapons to level the compounds and areas around
the grape rows, we are sending soldiers out on foot to walk through places
riddled with IEDs which explode under the pressure of a human foot.
Sitton's mother says her son told her that he and his men were given a certain
amount of foot patrols they had to perform in such areas over a certain amount
of time. She recalled he said they frequently had to "patrol in urine and feces
soaked uniforms" just to meet the foot-patrol quota -- but no clear objective or
end for the patrols was ever given.
As pointless as these endeavors
appeared to SSG Sitton, he wrote that he remained "totally on board with
sacrifice for [his] country."
If we leave Afghanistan prematurely, it
will become even more of a terrorists' safe haven than it already is. However,
if we keep our men and women in uniform there without allowing them to fight to
win, we will have committed an even worse offense than allowing Afghanistan to
return to the terrorists.
God bless men like Staff Sergeant Matthew
Sitton. God bless his mother, and the mothers of all those who are off to war.
Guard SGT Here.....
This story is from Brietbart. When you are in a war, you must fight it to win. Here we have the old, failed quota system from Vietnam. We all know how well that failed!
As you can see from my picture here, I served in Iraq. The picture is me at the Baghdad Airport (BIAP) in 2003. So I think I have a clue as to war.
Just marching to "show the flag" isn't how one wins. You win by going after the enemy. I don't think Patton would allow this to happen. It is a waste of time and lives.
When one goes out, one must have a goal that will take the battle to the enemy. One must have the goal of taking something from the enemy.
One must never just "parade" on the same old paths day after day. That just makes one a target for the enemy. You are now being predictable. That is never a good thing. The enemy must never know what you are going to do before you do it.
In short, we must take the war to the enemy. We must take things like territory, weapons, and people away from him. It is only then that one can win.
Barry is giving our Soldiers a "No Win Strategy" for failure.