Manic Monday

U.S. Soldiers from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army Europe and members of Romania’s 21st Mountain Division assess an area of land. (U.S. Army photo by Christopher S. Barnhart/Released)

Manic Monday again, I see. Britain has gotten itself into a constitutional swamp underlaid with quicksand, and in America, the government has so far refused to police the police. In both countries, there is a growing feeling that the government is out of the sovereign people’s control, and the rule of law itself is endangered. Not to mention the suspicion of many that a large part of the civil service (on both sides of the pond) is at best seditious, if not quite treasonous. So, it’s not like I have nothing to write about, it’s that I don’t really want to.

I also suspect you’re as tired of the mess as I am, and, like me, suspect there is not a lot we can do about it anyway. So how about a breath of fresh air.

But we can always feel better when we look around. From Hong Kong where protestors have been carrying the old colonial flag (how unPC) and the British union flag and our own star-spangled banner to Venezuela people always look to us with a longing in their hearts, for most people do wish to be free. Our countries remain the best and almost only hope for truly oppressed people everywhere in the world, and the better thay knew us, the more they wish to be with us. Far smarter than our own elites, I say.

Then there are our military people. I’ve been known to get emotional in my admiration for them, but others have noticed as well. Like a Frenchman, yeah that’s what I said, a Frenchman had something nice to say about American soldiers. Very nice, in fact. Via American Thinker.

Blogger and veteran Wes O’Donnell has translated an editorial in a French newspaper from a French soldier serving with a prestigious U.S. infantry battalion. I recommend reading the whole thing. Here are some excerpts:

US soldiers are in top physical shape compared to the French, and it appears much better in infantry tactics. The soldier notes:

Heavily built, fed at the earliest age with Gatorade, proteins, and creatine — they are all heads and shoulders taller than us and their muscles remind us of Rambo. Our frames are amusingly skinny to them — we are wimps, even the strongest of us — and because of that they often mistake us [the French] for Afghans. [snip] Even if some of them are a bit on the heavy side, all of them provide us everyday with lessons in infantry know-how. Beyond the wearing of a combat kit that never seems to discomfort them (helmet strap, helmet, combat goggles, rifles etc.) the long hours of watch at the outpost never seem to annoy them in the slightest.

In combat, US soldiers go on the offense in every encounter with the enemy in contrast to soldiers of other nations who have been taught to first defend and await orders:

And combat? If you have seen Rambo you have seen it all — always coming to the rescue when one of our teams gets in trouble, and always in the shortest delay. That is one of their tricks: they switch from T-shirt and sandals to combat ready in three minutes. Arriving in contact with the enemy, the way they fight is simple and disconcerting: they just charge! They disembark and assault in stride, they bomb first and ask questions later — which cuts any pussyfooting short.

And finally:

To those who bestow us with the honor of sharing their combat outposts and who everyday give proof of their military excellence, to those who pay the daily tribute of America’s army’s deployment on Afghan soil, to those we owned this article, ourselves hoping that we will always remain worthy of them and to always continue hearing them say that we are all the same band of brothers.

Something from the original post struck me:

Each man knows he can count on the support of a whole people who provides them through the mail all that an American could miss in such a remote front-line location: books, chewing gums, razorblades, Gatorade, toothpaste, etc. In such a way that every man is aware of how much the American people backs him in his difficult mission.

And that is something almost uniquely American, and one of our great strengths. And it’s remarkable in a country that less than 250 years ago so despised professional soldiers that it abolished the army. For most of us, what we used to call ‘the Big Green Machine’ is nearly the only part of the American government that we trust.

“This we’ll defend”, indeed. I hope we prove to be worthy of them.

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7 Responses to Manic Monday

  1. the unit says:

    “…they are all heads and shoulders taller than us and their muscles remind us of Rambo.” That too goes for a Navy guy (me, of course) who made the mistake of passing Marine Corps, Camp Lejeune Provost Marshal in 35 mph zone in ’67. 🙂

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  2. the unit says:

    Funny (not ha, ha) how most of us keep going on day to day even in times of trouble. Seemingly oblivious to it all.
    Caption beneath the photo: “President Johnson is overcome with grief as he listens to a tape sent by his son-in-law, Captain Charles Robb, from Vietnam in 1968. …”
    From his library, so may be photo-op, for all I know.

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