Sgt. Eddie Jeffers' Reaction to the Ignorant, Arrogant Left

There has been a lot of outrage throughout the blogosphere, including from me, in reaction to William Arkin’s post from two days ago, virtually all of it negative. Arkin responded by essentially telling those who disagreed with him to pound sand. If he and others of his ilk won’t listen to other bloggers, maybe he’ll listen to what a soldier has to say about how the left characterizes our troops and the war – although I seriously doubt they will. They are too arrogant to listen to anyone other than those who echo their own beliefs. This piece comes to us from Sgt. Eddie Jeffers, and it is a must read. I’m excerpting quite a bit of it, but you must read all of it. And for those who are anti-war, please, for just a moment, try to put yourselves in Sgt. Jeffers’ shoes:

I sweat, and I am tired. My back aches from the loads I carry. Young American boys look to me to direct them in a manner that will someday allow them to see their families again…and yet, I too, am just a boy….my age not but a few years more than that of the ones I lead. I am stressed, I am scared, and I am paranoid…because death is everywhere. It waits for me, it calls to me from around street corners and windows, and it is always there.

There are the demons that follow me, and tempt me into thoughts and actions that are not my own…but that are necessary for survival. I’ve made compromises with my humanity. And I am not alone in this. Miles from me are my brethren in this world, who walk in the same streets…who feel the same things, whether they admit to it or not.

And to think, I volunteered for this…

And I am ignorant to the rest of the world…or so I thought.

But even thousands of miles away, in Ramadi, Iraq, the cries and screams and complaints of the ungrateful reach me. In a year, I will be thrust back into society from a life and mentality that doesn’t fit your average man. And then, I will be alone. And then, I will walk down the streets of America, and see the yellow ribbon stickers on the cars of the same people who compare our President to Hitler

I will watch the television and watch the Cindy Sheehans, and the Al Frankens, and the rest of the ignorant sheep of America spout off their mouths about a subject they know nothing about. It is their right, however, and it is a right that is defended by hundreds of thousands of boys and girls scattered across the world, far from home. I use the word boys and girls, because that’s what they are. In the Army, the average age of the infantryman is nineteen years old. The average rank of soldiers killed in action is Private First Class.

People like Cindy Sheehan are ignorant. Not just to this war, but to the results of their idiotic ramblings, or at least I hope they are. They don’t realize its effects on this war. In this war, there are no Geneva Conventions, no cease fires. Medics and Chaplains are not spared from the enemy’s brutality because it’s against the rules. I can only imagine the horrors a military Chaplain would experience at the hands of the enemy. The enemy slinks in the shadows and fights a coward’s war against us. It is effective though, as many men and women have died since the start of this war. And the memory of their service to America is tainted by the inconsiderate remarks on our nation’s news outlets. And every day, the enemy changes…only now, the enemy is becoming something new. The enemy is transitioning from the Muslim extremists to Americans. The enemy is becoming the very people whom we defend with our lives. And they do not realize it. But in denouncing our actions, denouncing our leaders, denouncing the war we live and fight, they are isolating the military from society…and they are becoming our enemy.

Democrats and peace activists like to toss the word “quagmire” around and compare this war to Vietnam. In a way they are right, this war is becoming like Vietnam. Not the actual war, but in the isolation of country and military. America is not a nation at war; they are a nation with its military at war. Like it or not, we are here, some of us for our second, or third times; some even for their fourth and so on. Americans are so concerned now with politics, that it is interfering with our war.

Terrorists cut the heads off of American citizens on the internet…and there is no outrage, but an American soldier kills an Iraqi in the midst of battle, and there are investigations, and sometimes soldiers are even jailed…for doing their job.

It is absolutely sickening to me to think our country has come to this. Why are we so obsessed with the bad news? Why will people stop at nothing to be against this war, no matter how much evidence of the good we’ve done is thrown in their face? When is the last time CNN or MSNBC or CBS reported the opening of schools and hospitals in Iraq? Or the leaders of terror cells being detained or killed? It’s all happening, but people will not let up their hatred of President Bush. They will ignore the good news, because it just might show people that Bush was right.

America has lost its will to fight. It has lost its will to defend what is right and just in the world. The crazy thing of it all is that the American people have not even been asked to sacrifice a single thing. It’s not like World War II, where people rationed food and turned in cars to be made into metal for tanks. The American people have not been asked to sacrifice anything. Unless you are in the military or the family member of a servicemember, its life as usual…the war doesn’t affect you.

But it affects us. And when it is over and the troops come home and they try to piece together what’s left of them after their service…where will the detractors be then? Where will the Cindy Sheehans be to comfort and talk to soldiers and help them sort out the last couple years of their lives, most of which have been spent dodging death and wading through the deaths of their friends? They will be where they always are, somewhere far away, where the horrors of the world can’t touch them. Somewhere where they can complain about things they will never experience in their lifetime; things that the young men and women of America have willingly taken upon their shoulders.

Please read all of it.

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  • Lee

    Jeffers wrote: “The enemy is transitioning from the Muslim extremists to Americans. The enemy is becoming the very people whom we defend with our lives. And they do not realize it. But in denouncing our actions, denouncing our leaders, denouncing the war we live and fight, they are isolating the military from society…and they are becoming our enemy.”

    I’ll take this up with your superiors, soldier, but suggesting that the members of Congress and members of the American public who oppose this war have become your enemy is out of line.

    Apparently your state of mind is such that you can no longer discern who the enemy is. If that’s the case, you might not be fit for your current duty and assignment.

    I wish that no harm comes to you, Sgt. Jeffers, and I appreciate your dedication and service to our country, but it is my belief that we need to insure you are not in a position where you can do harm to innocents as a result your confused mental state, soldier, and I intend to make your confused state of mind known to your superior officers. I encourage others to do likewise.

  • cirby

    Prove your horseshit quotes w/ links

    I’m sorry, I overestimated you. I thought that the reference to Fark.com, and the time period of “days after 9/11” would give you a really large hint. Fark.com, archives, September 11, 2001. Should be easy enough for someone to show you how to look it up.

    All of my quotes were from Fark discussion boards from the week of 9/11. There are, literally, thousands more available in various archives of those and other discussion boards from those days. The fact that you think there aren’t any just shows you were either not paying attention, or have a very weak memory.

    Your attack &/or refutation of the poll cited is just a case of “attack the messenger.”

    Actually, it’s a case of “the messenger is telling lies about what the message actually says.”

    Apparently, we’re having more of those “we didn’t say what we said” moments from the crazy Left…

    “Who are you going to believe, me or your lyin’ eyes?”

  • Mac Lorry

    Sgt. Jeffers said “America is not a nation at war; they are a nation with its military at war.”

    One of the reasons I have felt that fighting the war in Iraq is necessary, is to win lasting peace for our nation, but after reading Sgt. Jeffers’ article, I’m beginning to believe the American people don’t deserve to live in peace while their military is fighting both an enemy on the battlefield and an ungrateful, unsupportive, whining public. Maybe it’s better to bring the troops home even if the enemy follows them here. At least then the nation would be at war, not just the military.

  • cirby

    Perhaps all you ‘if we just kill them all everyhing will be fine’ types should read this
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070202/ap_on_go_pr_wh/iraq_intelligence_estimate
    I know, I know, it’s that damn evil liberal media again, actually reporting facts that just helps the enemy. Maybe if we did away with our free press, that would show the enemy we mean business.

    You need to actually read the article, instead of just the title and a couple of quotes.

    As usual, when the actual report is released, we’ll find that the bits you reference are the worst parts, with little mention of the parts that counterbalance them (this has happened a couple of times so far, and led to the declassification of at least one previous NIE).

    For example, note the one paragraph of possible good news is immeidately countered by a bit of non-report editorializing of how the good news can’t really happen.

  • codekeyguy

    Just perfect, Sgt. Jeffers!!!!!!!!Keep safe.

  • cirby

    Oh, yeah, one more thing:

    Maybe if we did away with our free press,

    You need to take that bit up with the Democrats, who are busliy trying to make the press much less “free.” Right now, as part of their work to fix things, they’re trying to get the FCC to crack down on “indecent” broadcasts.

    We, on the other hand, aren’t going after the “freedom” part, as we just want them to step up to the plate on the “honest and responsible” angles that they seem to be averse to dealing with.

  • Jaku

    Oh I read the article cirb. You mentioned the good news paragraph, yet you didn’t cite it. I will for you.

    Indeed, the estimate said some positive developments could — analysts stressed “could” — help reverse negative trends. They include broader acceptance of the Sunni minority of the central government and concessions on the part of Shiites and Kurds to make more room for Sunni participation.

    But the outlook for such progress was grim. Long persecuted by governing Sunnis, majority Shiites now in power are unwilling to engage Sunnis. The Sunnis, meanwhile, view the central government as incompetent and do not want to accept their minority status. And Kurds are provoking Arab groups by moving to increase their control of Kirkuk.

    Is that the good news, cause that really didn’t look to chipper to me. we do see things differently, but also include past events and taken as a whole this is not what I’d call possible good news. Possible, but not likely.

  • marc, please see peter’s response.
    Posted by: BarneyG2000 at February 2, 2007

    AND?

    If you didn’t notice I’m waiting for something meaningful from you.

    Perhaps you’re confused, (yes I’m the master of the obvious) but my first response to you conceded osama’s desire for the U.S. Military to leave Saudi Arabia.

    Your response pointing to a quote from his fatwa of 1996 as noted by Peter F also states that.

    So your point is????

    Also note 7 years from the ’96 fatwa would be 2003. The King Fuad air base used by the US Air Force, and invited by the Saudi’s to use, is no longer used by the US and all but a very small number, as opposed to thousands, of US personal remain in the Kingdom.

    On a related note. barney[rubble]2000 do you have the slightest clue what/where Andulusia is and how it relates to the Spain train bombings? And osama?

  • Brian

    Steve, how does the left propose we get them home without leaving Iraq worse off?

    How does the right propose we get them home and leave Iraq better off? Because right now the government isn’t forming, the violence is increasing, and anti-American feelings are growing. So what is Bush’s plan for changing all that? So far the only plan I’m aware of is “to win”. How is he using our troops to accomplish this goal? How exactly do we know when we’ve reached the goal? How many Americans must die before we admit the goal is unattainable? Or does the right not care how many Americans die? I suspect the answer is yes they do.

  • BarneyG2000

    Marc, my point is, one of the reasons OBL attacked us was because of our presence/occupation in Arab muslim countries. That was OBL’s rational , and not mine. If you do not believe that this is true, than please tell us why OBL attacked. Maybe it was because of our growing porn industry, or love for pork rinds.

  • Peter F.

    Barney,

    In your orginial response to cirby ( February 2, 2007 03:58 PM), you directly imply to cirby that our former base in S.A. was some kind of “occupation” when, in fact, it was nothing of the sort. While it is very true that OBL used that alleged “occupation”–among his other psychotic ramblings in his fatwa–as an excuse for launching attacks against Western targets, what OBL (and you to some extent) ignores is that that base existed almost exclusively in response to and to curb the actions of the original source of aggression in that region–Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. That base helped enforce the No-Fly Zone in Iraq for 12 years and also protected Saudi and Kuwaiti borders from possible invasion–all with Saudi permission. But, like the true anti-Semite and bigot that he is, OBL conveninently overlooks that undeniable fact.

    What you are seemingly doing is using OBL’s rationale to, in a twisted way, say ‘Look, if we hadn’t been occupying or had a presense in S.A., OBL and AQ wouldn’t have attacked….” To which the only correct repsonse can be “bullshit.” Now , if that’s NOT what you’re saying–and I really hope it isn’t–then clarify your position as to why you brought it up.

    The point of this is this: If it’s not a base, it’s our support for those “Zionists” in Israel; or because we didn’t let some blind sheik free after blowing up a building or because of this or that and on and on and on. It does NOT matter what we do to appease them, no matter how far we pull back or “redeploy” or “withdraw” or, even if we were drop every last dollar of support and political backing of Israel tomorrow, the Islamofascists would STILL find a reason to carry out attacks on the West. So, either we turn our backs to it or fight it everyway possible.

  • cirby

    Oh I read the article cirb. You mentioned the good news paragraph, yet you didn’t cite it. I will for you.

    …yet you don’t seem to understand what they pulled in the second paragraph.

    You see, the first paragraph was probably lifted from the report, since it states things in solid, practical terms.

    The second? Pure editorial. Everything from “But the outlook for such progress was grim.” It’s a pretty slick move, since they know that folks like yourself will assume that the second part was said by the analysts, because you won’t note the complete change in tone and content. They did this with the last few leaks of NIEs, and pretty much everyone fell for it then, too – and when the full reports came out, it was already “conventional wisdom” for the Left.

  • cirby

    Marc, my point is, one of the reasons OBL attacked us was because of our presence/occupation in Arab muslim countries. That was OBL’s rational , and not mine.

    …and along with that one reason (not the one you originally quoted about “occupation”), he listed a lot of other “causes.” In previous and subsequent comments, he listed all sorts of crap, such as support for Israel, not to mention that whole “Zionist-Crusader Alliance.”

    Look at that next-to-last word again. “Crusader.” He thinks we’re the same people his ancestors fought a millenium or so back. Many other Muslims feel the same, and want to “regain” every piece of land that has even been occupied by Islamic forces. Like much of Europe.

    Part of the justification (and he rants a lot about this in the various fatwas) is our “alliance” with Russia in the slaughter of Islamic people all over the world – even though we’re not part of that, and much of that slaughter was Islamic-Islamic atrocities. No matter what, it’s stil our fault.

    The US “occupation” of bases in Saudi Arabia is a really trivial addition to his list of bile, and only put in to let fools think he might have a point. It apparently worked in your case.

  • BarneyG2000

    Peter, I don’t know what posts you have been reading, my point all long was the OBL, among other rants, points to the “occupiers” as a reason for the attack.

    At no point did I endorse or agree with his logic, or make any comment to the need, wisdom or usefulness of the air base.

    cirby said that there were no US forces in the Middle East prior to the 9/11 attack which is completely wrong.

  • aRepukelican

    cirby

    In regard to your Fark quotes, I took a look at the archives and couldn’t find whatever the hell you think you’re quoting.

    Cough up some links, if you have any. As far as accepting your freehand quotations, I don’t just accept hot air.

    One thing I did notice on the Fark archive from the week of 9/11: if you added the number of all the comments for the entire month of September 2001 ON ALL THE STORIES LISTED, regardless of topic, you’d be hard pressed to come up w/ 1000’s for all stories listed. Moreover, whatever the hell Fark is, I suspect it is far from a forum for all liberals or even millions of liberals.

    Bottom line: even if you could document, W/ LINKS, some of the horse shit you quoted above, it would hardly be reflective of the vast majority of the American left, liberals or Democrats.

    Based on your alleged quotes, I think you’ve been eating the shit from Scrapcrap’s last change of his overflowing Depends.

  • Bottom line: even if you could document, W/ LINKS, …. Posted by: aRepukelican at February 2, 2007 09:56 PM

    Which means what? Can we expect you to provide links to each and every citation you provide in the future?

  • nogo postal

    going back to the original letter..
    This man has seen fellow troops die and maimed..
    of course he is angry..of course he is frustrated..
    When any of us become angry and frustrated we want to point fingers..
    However, Cindy Sheehan has not directed policy that has led us to this place 4 years later.
    Joe Scarbourgh is no Cindy Sheehan. Did you catch his show the other night? He blasted Bush/Cheney/Snow for alluding that Sen. Warner was enabling bin Laden.

    The 2006 election results were about Iraq. The 2008 elections will be even more about Iraq. Those Republicans that stand with Bush/Cheney as they continue to ignore reality will be defeated.
    Our nation has shifted opinion, grudgingly, because EVERY TIME we were told it was getting better was wrong.

    I pray this man returns in good physical and mental health…as I pray they all do…
    But every day we stay…more will not..and for what?

  • jhow66

    barneygoole:

    old scrap’ could be dumber then dirt but that would still leave you 500′ below him.

    pukeface: you are a perfect example of a moonbat.

    nogo postoffice:

    poor old Joe Scar. get about as much viewers as you would. Dead LAST. What the heck do we care what a Rino such as Warner says. Just a cowardly liberal with a rightwing badge.

  • MikeSC

    I’m wondering when people like Crickmore abandoned the “support the troops” part of “Support the troops but hate the war” mantra.

    Because Steve CLEARLY doesn’t support the troops.
    -=Mike

  • epador

    Great job trolls, bringing this down to grade-school name calling and taunting.

    [First response will be – no HE started it, not me]

    Pathetic.

  • cirby

    BarneyG:
    cirby said that there were no US forces in the Middle East prior to the 9/11 attack which is completely wrong.

    Liar.

    Puke:
    In regard to your Fark quotes, I took a look at the archives and couldn’t find whatever the hell you think you’re quoting

    Then you’re really, really inept.

    But we knew that.

    Fark.com -> archives -> Archive from September 16, 2001 -> Sept 11 -> NEWS FLASH -> find “Bush”, second occurrence -> the “folks” crack.

    09:31:54 AM by Henchman

    The buildings hadn’t even fallen down yet, and assholes like yourself were already slamming the President.

    The rest of my quotes were from the following couple of days on Fark.

  • cirby

    One more thing:

    if you added the number of all the comments for the entire month of September 2001 ON ALL THE STORIES LISTED, regardless of topic, you’d be hard pressed to come up w/ 1000’s for all stories listed.

    Here’s the actual quote: “There are, literally, thousands more available in various archives of those and other discussion boards from those days.”

    AND OTHER DISCUSSION BOARDS, moron. Fark is a discussion board. This is another one.

    Learn how to read.

    Idiot.

  • Wanderlust

    Jaku at February 2, 2007 02:56 PM

    I was unaware that Cindy Sheehan and Al Franken had anything to do with the planning or execution of the invasion of Iraq. Yet their names come up all over the right blogs as if they are responsible for the failures in Iraq.

    nogo postal at February 2, 2007 10:56 PM

    However, Cindy Sheehan has not directed policy that has led us to this place 4 years later.

    Jaku at February 2, 2007 03:36 PM

    I hate to break it to you, but 140000 US troops in the heart of the Arab world is what emboldens the ‘terrorists’. Abu Gharib emboldens terrorists. Bush saying “Bring em on” emboldens the terrorists.

    You really think the terrorists sit around and watch C-Span waiting for Dick Durbin to speak, and then they go, now we must kill US troops, because of what a US Senator said? Are you that deluded or naive?

    The terrorists don’t need any encouragement. The fact that we are occupying a Muslim country is what gives them cause to hate us and want to kill us, not what some US politician said.

    Again, the projection here is simply astonishing.
    It’s not Bush’s fault, no, it’s Hillary’s fault because she wants the troops to come home and she is vocal about it.

    Wow.

    A refutation of the logic used by jaku and nogo postal is available not from me, but from a gentleman named Ion Mihai Pacepa, who used to work for an organization named Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti (from the National Review article authored by General Pacepa; emphasis mine):

    As a spy chief and a general in the former Soviet satellite of Romania, I produced the very same vitriol Kerry repeated to the U.S. Congress almost word for word and planted it in leftist movements throughout Europe. KGB chairman Yuri Andropov managed our anti-Vietnam War operation. He often bragged about having damaged the U.S. foreign-policy consensus, poisoned domestic debate in the U.S., and built a credibility gap between America and European public opinion through our disinformation operations. Vietnam was, he once told me, “our most significant success.”

    (snip)

    As far as I’m concerned, the KGB gave birth to the antiwar movement in America.

    So contrary to jaku and nogo postal’s assertions, spreading negative, slanderous rhetoric regarding the actions of US troops (either fabricated, alleged, or misrepresenting the actions of a statistically insignificant few as those of US forces in general), has a detrimental effect, one that is well known to our enemies.

    Listen to Ahmadinejad’s or Khatami’s recent speeches. They really do watch our political debates, and they pay attention to detail. Don’t believe me? Go to MEMRI’s website and read the translated speeches there.

    Then, if you are really smart, you will begin to ask things like: who pays for Cindy Sheehan? who sponsors her? who funds the few turncoat soldiers who claim that they are against the war? What is the role of Fenton Communications in the scheme of things? And who stands to gain from an American withdrawal from Iraq? who loses? Soros’ actions in the currency markets are legendary. What does he gain from a negative economic shift of power away from the US? How will emboldening terrorists against the US accomplish that goal?

    The Saudis have already announced that should the US withdraw from Iraq right now, they will likely send in troops to help “stabilize” Iraq. Iran is already providing money and personnel to wage covert war and stir up sectarian violence.

    Finally, to those who claim that Iraq was “a war for Oil”: what benefit has the US reaped in three years from Iraqi oil, if that statement is true?

    Food for thought.

  • DCE

    Barney,

    If you would bother to read OBL manifesto, one reason he attacked the US was because we had a permeant air-base in Mecca.

    Keep up the good work, and don’t let the facts stand in the way.”

    I wish you would get your facts straight. We did not and never had a base in or near Mecca. That would have created such a furor because of the large number of infidels near one of the holiest Islamic cities.

    US forces where stationed in and around King Khalid Military City (KKMC) just outside Riyadh until they withdrew into Kuwait, Aden, Oman, and Yemen. By the time 9/11 happened there were few, if any, US military forces in Saudi Arabia.

    Geez.

  • epador

    Nogo has a grain of insight in one comment. some condescending thing about being angry and then pointing fingers. Seems to me that the folks pointing fingers at the CINC and bawling BDS trash-talk are the ones that are angry. If they gain insight at the true source of their anger, they might find themselves on the road to enlightenment, and either a new political alignment or a deep depression and embarrassment. On the other hand, with a little genetic engineering, pigs could fly.

  • BarneyG2000

    ‘US forces where stationed in and around King Khalid Military City (KKMC) just outside Riyadh until they withdrew into Kuwait, Aden, Oman, and Yemen. By the time 9/11 happened there were few, if any, US military forces in Saudi Arabia.” DCE

    O-Really

    The Prince Sultan Air Base is located 80km south of Riyadh. During the decade following Operation Desert Storm, it was host to upwards of 4,500 US military personnel and an undisclosed number of aircraft. During mid-2003 the roughly 4,500 US troops at Prince Sultan redeployed from Saudi Arabia to Qatar, leaving about 500 in Saudi Arabia, primarily at Eskan Village.

    DCE, who you crapping?

  • SCSIwuzzy

    Barney:
    The Prince Sultan Air Base is located 80km south of Riyadh.
    Which is also not at all close to Mecca, let alone IN as you asserted. Unless you count anything in the nation as “close”.
    Here, a visual aid