So, a recent post on the facebook page really irked the hell out of me. “We support Staff Sergeant Robert Bales! Free him now!” At first I thought it might be one of us showing our ability to completely brush off the importance of an issue via snide and sick humor, after all we are Infantry and we don’t give a shit about people’s feelings. Even if this comment was just left by a random troll, whose whole intent was to stir up vitriol and debate, maybe get us to turn on each other, it raises a topic that affects us deeply to the roots of our fraternity.
This is not to discuss SSG Bales’ innocence or guilt, that is to be decided when the investigation occurs and the answers are found, this is to address an issue that, if founded to be perpetrated by one of our own, could very well shake our fellow Infantrymens’ trust in each other, shake the confidence our nation has in us, and place us in a dangerous light that we don’t want to be portrayed in. Regardless of the truth this action has already endangered our brethren down range, trust that was built and accomplishments completed are now worthless and encourage and embolden the enemy in their attacks against us.
Ever heard the saying “You can be a bridge builder your whole life, but suck one cock and you’ll be a cock sucker for the rest of it.” This applies to us, because of violent act we are now going to be portrayed in a light that depicts us as merciless killers of the innocent, depraved sociopaths with no conscience, war torn souls with no hope for redemption. And as if we haven’t already been fighting an uphill battle to keep support for our mission, whether we agree or not, a lot of great men have been lost in the progress to accomplish our mission!
Our Brotherhood stands on very solid principles, and I’m not offering you the whole Army recruitment crap either, but we do stand on our values.
Loyalty – We expect that each of us has the others back, through hell and back. This act has placed our brothers in danger.
Duty – Accomplishment of our mission, protection of each other, a sworn oath. This act is so far from duty that’s it not funny, it’s the exact opposite of duty.
Respect – We might be some of the most vulgar and crazy individuals to walk the planet, but we all have some sort of respect for life and how short it can be. This act showed a complete lack of respect.
Honor – What honor lies in killing the infants? This act steals the honor we have earned from being trigger pullers when our nation needed us to, now the honor is cheapened and sullied by ruthless violence.
I know, I know that sounded like recruitment but it’s true, and you know it.
This act has endangered us at home too, the Department of Homeland Security has us on a watch list as “potential threats”, police officers respond with swat teams when they learn they’re going to a veterans house who might be feeling depressed, people who are so against what we do for a living have killed veterans in their homes, vandalized their property, and slandered us….and now they all have a new reason to justify what they do.
So whether it was SSG Bales, or a whole platoon….Thank you for endangering us abroad and at home, thank you for pushing us back into the psychotic stereotype that we don’t want, thanks for betraying us.