9/15/2005

Daily Kos: "Fucktarded"-Sgt. Thomas Strickland, 27

"Fucktarded"-Sgt. Thomas Strickland, 27
by mkf [Subscribe]
Tue Aug 30th, 2005 at 10:03:27 CDT

Sounds about right to me. Yesterday I wrote a diary about the concern top military folk have with blogging soldiers. I was a little suspicious of why they were. Rev wayfarer was killed in Iraq. He did a blog. I can see why Schoomaker is scared. Drudgeretort has a story about him. From the blog of rev wayfarer(Sgt. Thomas Strickland, 27): "What the fuck has my chain of command been doing? We were winning somewhat when I left. And now we're being pinned down in our own fucking homes? Insurgents are pushing locals out of their homes and taking over my area at will? What kind of fucktarded plan have we been half-assedly executing? Obviously the kind that neglects sound contact with locals. Obviously the kind that gives further distance to unbridged gaps between soldiers and locals. Obviously the kind that has shown enough weakness when confronted by the insugency that it has been encouraged to grow."

Note from the author(Sgt. Thomas Strickland, 27): A friend asked me to keep a journal of my tour in Iraq. He said he'd want to read it when I got back. I think he'll expect a recounting of days, a memoir of events and actions. I don't expect it to be a record like that at all. What I'm after is an outlet, an escape, a hiding place for the me that takes a back seat when I put on my uniform, when I wear the face of a soldier (the only me most of you have met). Don't get me wrong...I've never been directly pressured by a fellow serviceman of any rank to be anyone but myself, and I don't want anyone who might read this to understand my second self as anything but the me I CHOOSE to hide, the me I want SECURED in my own words. Losing that me is my irrational fear, because it is me who has set that self aside with each wearing of the uniform, since the beginning of my enlistment.
Daily Kos: "Fucktarded"-Sgt. Thomas Strickland, 27

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