The Real Afghanistan

 very interesting read, a Marine’s View of what is really going on. This young man is articulate  and has a flare forcolorful language, and descriptive prose…..Scorpions, Chiggers & Sand Fleas/great letter, a must read of a very interesting
article. *

 a Recon Marine in Afghanistan
 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 Pamir 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  handheld, and 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, and 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 Pashtu’s, for over a month-and-a-half now, and this much I can say for sure: These guys, are Huns… actual,  living Huns. They LIVE to fight. It’s what they do.
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 cockfights 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 young bastard.

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.
 suggest CNN invest in a dictionary because the word they are looking for is ‘cunning.’ The Taliban  are cunning, likejackals 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! Bullshit!

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 so you will watch 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, youdon’t want to know. We are your military, and we are only doing what you sent us here to do.

*From a Jack Recon Marine in Afghanistan.*

“Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of
your share”.


  1. God Bless Our troops and pray for their safety keep up the good work. We all love you and all of your brothers all over the world God Bless America

  2. Yo bro, keep the head down, watch your six, take no prisoners and show them the same mercy you know they would show you. All us vets respect, support and are proud of you and all the other members of the USA for what you do, give and sacrifice for us and our country.
    Steve Horne HM2 USN no longer on active service.

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