We have welcomed Islam into the upper echelons of the United States government. Both the Bush and the Obama administration have refused to comprehend or appreciate that Islam is America’s enemy. Islam’s goal is to destroy us. Ideologically Islam’s stated dogma is to bring the entire world under subjection to sharia and Allah.
If our leaders, in their politically correct, go along-to get along, mindset refuse to keep our country safe from an internal cancer like Islam, why are we putting our young men and women in harms way in the Middle East?
Since the “Arab Spring,” so called the Middle East has largely been taken over by the Muslim Brotherhood. We are NOT fighting for democracy. Islam’s canonical documents are antithetical to a democratic rule.
You are about to read a letter from courageous man to his congressman. His main concern was to protect his men from heartless, non-thinking commanders who were putting all of them at extreme risk, . Yes, he went outside the chain of command, but the chain of command was broken.
Matthew was not a green, whining recruit, no this was Matthew’s third tour of duty in Afghanistan; he knew what it took to stay alive and had the desire to serve his country. Regrettably our military men and women are no longer “serving” any national interest; rather they are mere political pawns used by corrupt, Constitution shredding politicians to build their own little empires.
What follows is an unfortunate exemplar of the astronomical hubris, heartlessness, and stupidity of our elected officials and of the high stratum of the military.
Hello my name is SSG Matthew Sitton. I am in the 82nd Airborne Division stationed in Ft. Bragg, NC. I am currently deployed with the 4th Brigade Combat Team in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. I am writing you because I am concerned for the safety of my soldiers. This is my 3rd combat tour to Afghanistan, so I have seen the transition in Rules of Engagement and Overall Tactics over the past 6 years.
I am only writing this email because I feel myself and my soldiers are being put into unnecessary positions where harm and danger are imminent. I know the threat of casualties in war and am totally on board with sacrifice for my country, but what I don’t agree with is the chain of command making us walk through, for lack of a better term, basically a mine field on a daily basis.
I am in a platoon of 25 soldiers. We are operating at a tempo that is set for a full 35-40 man infantry platoon. We have been mandated to patrol twice daily for 2-4 hours each patrol on top of guarding our FOB [Forward Operating Base] and conducting routine maintenance of our equipment.
There is no endstate or purpose for the patrols given to us from our higher chain of command, only that we will be out for a certain time standard. I am all for getting on the ground and fighting for my country when I know there is a desired endstate, and we have clear guidance of what needs to be done. But when we are told basically to just walk around for a certain amount of time, it doesn’t sit well with me.
As a Brigade, we are averaging at a minimum an amputee a day [italics mine] from our soldiers because we are walking around aimlessly through grape rows and compounds that are littered with explosives. Not to mention that the operation tempo that every solider is on leaves little to no time for rest and refit. The moral and alertness levels on our patrol are low and it is causing casualties left and right.
Here is an example of how bad things have gotten. Our small FOB was flooded accidentally by a local early one morning a few days ago. He was watering his fields and the dam he had broke and water came flooding into our living area. Since our FOB does not have any portable bathrooms, we had to dig a hole in the ground where soldiers could use the bathroom. That also got flooded and contaminated all the water that later soaked every soldier and his gear. Instead of returning to base and cleaning up, our chain of command was so set on us meeting the brigade commanders 2 patrols a day guidance that they made us move outside the flooded FOB and conduct our patrols soaked in urine.
That is just one single instance of the unsatisfactory situations that our chain of command has put us in. At least three of my soldiers have gotten sick since that incident and taken away from our combat power because of their illness caused by unhealthy conditions.
I understand that as a commander you are to follow the orders of those appointed over you, however there needs to be a time where the wellness of your soldiers needs to take priority over walking around in fields for hours a day for no rhyme or reason, but only to meet the Brigade Commanders guidance of you to conduct so many patrols for such an allotted time.
I’m concerned about the well being of my soldiers and have tried to voice my opinion through the proper channels of my own chain of command only to be turned away and told that I need to stop complaining. It is my responsibility to take care of my soldiers, and there is only so much I can do with that little bit of rank I have. My guys would fight by my side and have my back in any condition, and I owe it to them to have their best interest in mind. I know they would, and I certainly would appreciate it if there was something that you could do to help us out. I just want to return my guys home to their families healthy. I apologize for taking your time like this Sir, and I do appreciate what you do for us.
I was told to contact you by my grandmother (name blacked out) who said that you had helped her son (my uncle) (name blacked) out many years ago. He also was serving in the military at the time. Thank you again for allowing soldiers like me to voice their opinion. If anything please pray for us over hear. God bless.
SSG Matthew Sitton
Unfortunately before his Congressman, U.S. Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young, received it Matthew and on another man, while out on one of the pointless patrols, stepped on an IED and was killed.
Understand, America has no Commander-in-Chief. Obama cares not how many are maimed or killed.
The foundations of America are irreparably, crumbling. But America belongs to the world. Only Israel was chosen by God. New eternal foundations built by Christ are on the horizon.
We need to prepare ourselves, our friends, and our families to prepare for foundations that will never crumble.
Rest in Peace Matthew–may we meet on the Other Side of the River.