‘From a Recon Marine in Afghanistan .’

Thanks to JB for sending this in. It has been published all over the ‘net and wanted to pass it on. WARNING: If you do not want to read profanity – do not read this post. This young man is articulate and has a flare for colorful language, and descriptive prose, Scorpions, Chiggers & Sand Fleas/great letter, must read!


 ‘From a Recon Marine in Afghanistan .’


From the Sand Pit.  It’s freezing here. I’m sitting on hard cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush Mountains , along the Dar’yoi Pomir River, watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave. Stake out, my friend, and no pizza delivery for thousands of miles.I also glance at the area around my ass, every ten to fifteen seconds to avoid another scorpion sting. I’ve actually given up battling the chiggers and sand fleas, but the scorpions give a jolt like a cattle prod. Hurts like a bastard. The antidote tastes like transmission fluid, but God bless the Marine Corps for the five vials of it in my pack.The one truth the Taliban cannot escape is that, believe it or not, they are human beings, which means they have to eat food and drink water. That requires couriers and that’s where an old bounty hunter like me comes in handy. I track the couriers, locate the tunnel entrances and storage facilities, type the info into the hand held, shoot the coordinates up to the satellite link that tells the air commanders where to drop the hardware. We bash some heads for a while, then I track and record the new movement.

It’s all about intelligence. We haven’t even brought in the snipers yet. These scurrying rats have no idea what they’re in for.  We are but days away from cutting off supply lines and allowing the eradication to begin. But you know me, I’m a romantic. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This country blows, man. It’s not even a country. There are no roads, there’s no infrastructure, there’s no government. This is an inhospitable, rock pit shit hole ruled by eleventh century warring tribes. There are no jobs here like we know jobs.

Afghanistan offers two ways for a man to support his family: join the opium trade or join the army. That’s it. Those are your options. Oh, I forgot, you can also live in a refugee camp and eat plum-sweetened, crushed beetle paste and squirt mud like a goose with stomach flu, if that’s your idea of a party. But the smell alone of those ‘tent cities of the walking dead’ is enough to hurl you into the poppy fields to cheerfully scrape bulbs for eighteen hours a day.

I’ve been living with these Tajiks and Uzbeks, and Turkmen and even a couple of Pushtuns, for over a month and a half now, and this much I can say for sure: These guys, all of ’em, are Huns, actual, living Huns. They LIVE to fight. It’s what they do. It’s ALL they do. They have no respect for anything, not for their families, nor for each other, nor for themselves. They claw at one another as a way of life. They play polo with dead calves and force their five-year-old sons into human cock fights to defend the family honor. Huns, roaming packs of savage, heartless beasts who feed on each other’s barbarism. Cavemen with AK-47’s. Then again, maybe I’m just cranky.

I’m freezing my ass off on this stupid hill because my lap warmer is running out of juice, and I can’t recharge it until the sun comes up in a few hours. Oh yeah! You like to write letters, right?  Do me a favor, Bizarre. Write a letter to CNN and tell Wolf and Anderson and that awful, sneering, pompous Aaron Brown to stop calling the Taliban ‘smart.’ They are not smart. I suggest CNN invest in a dictionary because the word they are looking for is ‘cunning.’ The Taliban are cunning, like jackals and hyenas and wolverines. They are sneaky and ruthless, and when confronted, cowardly. They are hateful, malevolent parasites who create nothing and destroy everything else. Smart. Pfft. Yeah, they’re real smart.

They’ve spent their entire lives reading only one book (and not a very good one, as books go) and consider hygiene and indoor plumbing to be products of the devil. They’re still figuring out how to work a Bic lighter. Talking to a Taliban warrior about improving his quality of life is like trying to teach an ape how to hold a pen; eventually he just gets frustrated and sticks you in the eye with it. OK, enough. Snuffle will be up soon, so I have to get back to my hole. Covering my tracks in the snow takes a lot of practice, but I’m good at it.

Please, I tell you and my fellow Americans to turn off the TV sets and move on with your lives. The story line you are getting from CNN and other news agencies is utter bullshit and designed not to deliver truth but rather to keep you glued to the screen through the commercials. We’ve got this one under control.  The worst  thing you guys can do right now is sit around analyzing what we’re doing over here, because you have no idea what we’re doing, and really, you don’t want  to know. We are your military, and we are doing what you sent us here to do.

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  1. This man has a set of filters developed to see life through. He will not deal with fast food America as nearly all of … you… do. He will not allow himself to be held hostage by accepted social morals.. right and wrong as seen by even a low class thug. This grunt is a free man… mind and soul. Oh-Rah…. 2/9

  2. Before I even saw Hal’s comment, I had a hard time believing this was authentic because….why would a recon marine disclose information that pretty much gave his exact location?

  3. Hey John,
    If you’re going to post war stories, I’d be glad to serialize the real deal, my book, “Sole Surviving Sons” from Vietnam during the TET offensive.
    Regards D.

  4. The letter is bogus. First off the he calls Afghanistan the sand pit. Ask any vet who served there and they will tell you they call it the Rock Pile and Iraq is the sandbox.

  5. True or not, snopes is a far left site. Getting accurate info from them is like solely getting your news from Carney during a white house briefing. Time to take the red pill brother! Whether from a solider in theater or a kid in his parent s basement, the overall theme is accurate.

  6. Cold, Chiggers & Sand Fleas I’ve experienced – they friggin’ suck – whether its “true” or not – its still gotta lotta truth in it and gives the side of the story that a ground soldier can see from his side.

  7. Snopes is just one of the avenue’s I use to verify stories. The story was a good fictional read. The scorpions would not be running around in the cold, nor would the chiggers and sand fleas. Funny thing is the antidote wouldn’t have been taken orally. The overall theme is opinion, not facts. Hey Bruce, how about taking both pills and seeing the world from both sides, or better yet, don’t take either of the pills and forming your own opinions.
    “Registered Independent, I choose MY side and no one else’s”

  8. I didnt send you there and I dont support the war or you. You dont represent me in any way…you work for the empire.

    • skinny –

      Buddy – you’ve got problem. I usually would just delete a pathetic comment like this – but I wanted to reply. I suspect I won’t be the only one.

      Whether you agree with the premise behind any war – these PATRIOTS that risk their lives so that YOU do not have to – are hero’s. That’s right – so you do not have to. If it wasn’t for the brave men and women in our military YOU and YOUR FAMILY would be speaking Japanese, German, or Russian.

      Disagree with “the empire” – but to not support our troops? Folks like you should be sent to Cuba or Egypt for a few years and then maybe you would value your FREEDOM you will miss.


  9. Skinny/Rourke;
    Skinny is just some 12 year old mimicing his mommies misguided leftist opinions…not worth a coment.
    Another note; no they are not all HEROs and most of them will feel very uncomfortable being called that. The liberal use of that label truely cheapens the real heros, and there are many, many of them, most all unrecognized, other than by their mates. They have been called and serve. Being part of that small club is usually recognition enough. Want to recognize some heros? Visit arlington, the WWII memorial, Korean memorial or that big black V in the ground….there are more than enough there to honor. Regards, D.

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