Still alive here. Still unemployed. Don't forget the raffle ends in a week or so. All y'all who've donated so far, eternal thanks and PBUYN. Can't go into the whole sit-rep but a LOT of great advice from some of y'all and I'm persevering. Depressed as hell, but holding up. The depression about the job was actually minor. When you know you did the right thing then hey, I'm at ease with the situation. No real downer 'cept to figure out how to reactivate my Uber App to start literally hustling the bux. Nope. The BIG downer that's had me down n out is Affy.
The word broke about how we like -slinked- out of Afghanistan's Bagram Air Base in the dead-of-night. I really couldn't put my thoughts down...
Bit of a mental block Aye?
But I'm back now.
I wouldn't doubt if my truck is up there in that pic somewhere.
This thing, dunno... It brought me back to another faaaar more public abandonment of a country. Sometime in 1975 specifically. I remember watching the Fall of Saigon? or Maybe Phnom Pen. One of my earliest memories from childhood. Black and white TV in the living room, DeadDad all serious, FedBro was a baby, I was about 5ish. MomUnit crying and I remember because MomUnit was crying. Freaked me little droog-brain out. Vaguely remember tanks? or something crashing around and little slanty eyed people waving and yelling and whatever... fragmentary, but MomUnit over the years has confirmed the memory and that her crying upset me.
She was crying at the waste.
Lost friends... she lost friends
Kids who went into the Corps. and ended up in the Meatgrinder that was Khe Sanh.
Couple of other kids they knew who flunked out of college and the draft caught 'em.
Another friend who's still alive and around, but at the time was horrifically wounded.
Made her cry.
I never forgot.
Any wonder I'm a bit winded and bummed?
You'd think a bit of solemnity could be done.
Instead we get all sorts of "The Taliban have the situation well in hand."
I haven't heard not. one. solitary. word. at the tremendous sacrifice our troops made.
3577 Dead. All countries of the Coalition. NATO and US DotMil. That's the Affy numbers alone.
Not one mention anywhere of these figures by the true enemy of the American People, the Mass Media.
The People's Ministry of Propaganda refused mention that little figure. Wouldn't want to focus of Xou Bi Den's overwhelming skeezy failure in his last-second "Operation Cut n' Run". His contemptable approach to things, hell, even this particular shameful episode is in keeping with his fucked-in-the-head style... quietly wandering off without so much as a word, like an Alzheimer's patient escaping the home and wandering down the street, without purpose, without a clue and with a shit-filled diaper on, clueless as to what to do next, 'cept blame Russia! Russia! Russia!
If you can hack it, the counts are here: http://icasualties.org/
No mention of sacrifice.
Plenty of the financial impact though... shows you where their heads are at.
No national declaration of solemn gratitude or thanks
Only other retarded thing I heard was some midwit fucktard reporter breathlessly talking about the weapons we left behind... So fucking what I sez Aye? Small arms. Big deal. MRAPs? So what? Like they're going to form up a caravan of the fucking things and head to Europe overland? And do exactly what? 10 to 1 those over-sized over-armored RVs, once they fucking break down, (and believe me they -will- break down... ask me of how I know this) they'll be stripped of any useful resalable metal, and turned into either small shelters, or just left to rot in place like they did to all the former Soviet Armor that got left behind.
Big. Fucking. Deal.
Mind you -I- personally was responsible in 2013 for signing off on the demo of a metric shit-ton of MRAPs. I also, no Bullshit, witnessed the reason for the "No Ship Home/Demo Excess" orders. Quite literally, there I was, in 2013, on Bagram. I waiting for a minibus to get me to work when:Now, didn't see the plane.
HEARD the impact.
Shit, felt that motherfucker.
Saw the fireball/impact like in the immediate aftermath. At first I was worried it was a C-17. When I got to work, word had gotten thru the contractor grapevine that it was a 747 Air Cargo that'd augured in. Ye Olde Contractor Grapevine used to work quicker n' the pony express I swear. That particular shitshow came aboot because the DotMil -tried- to ship some MRAPs out of theater via air. The heavy motherfuckers broke loose during takeoff (instead of chains, they'd used cargo straps or some such retarded shit like that,) and you can see the moment when the whole cargo 'shifted' right before the plane completely smokes in in the vidya. End result of it was we got orders a few weeks later.
Can't take 'em out the way they came in via Air, and overland to 'friendly lines'?
Whelp, ain't no such t'ing mon.
So, Demo Time
Link here: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2013/06/20/193978665/u-s-army-to-scrap-7-billion-in-equipment-in-afghanistan
7 billion in MRAPs.
65 Million of that -I-personally signed off on. No shit... I did the 1348A-1, to include the DEMIL annexes on the excess-to-needs first go around MRAPs in Kandahar. Almost exactly 100 of the fuckers. $600K and change per fucking truck. And without any sort of bullshit, some of them? Like the lowest mileage ever on a DotMil Truck. We're not talking about beat-to-fuckall trucks. Nope. Brand. Fucking. New. Bit weather-worn, as these were replacements, some of them being the 'on deck' replacements. Try 6.7 MILES on one of them. Reason for this was that the trucks that units had on hand already? Already on hand, already on their property books. ALL the parent-child serial numbers too. To break out a new truck from deep storage, paperwork and time wise is a stone bitch. Most units didn't want/need the fucking hassle. Hell, as the property book manager for 60 units, I needed the extra paperwork like another hole in the fucking grape.
So, via con Dios new trucks. Paperwork done, they went to a scrap yard, where quite literally, they were stripped of any and all useful shit that was quick and easy to remove, and then they were pushed into they BIGGEST metal eating grinding machine I've ever seen. MRAP in one side, large chunks of metal out the other side. I couldn't take pics tho, as the DotMil was all 'leery' of 'bad optics' of brand new MRAPs going into the chipper.
A complete and utter waste Aye?
Of people lives, killed or wounded
Nevermind permanently damaged and psychologically shattered.
Squandered money that would have been better spent elsewhere.
Of National Honor, if there ever was such a thing
And yet we're saber rattling at Russia...again for the ten millionth time.""Maybe you aren't up on current events, but we just got our asses kicked, pal!" Hudson, 'Aliens'
AFTER the Russians got theirs kicked by the same exact farmers, goatfuckers, and wild-eyed Islamic Mountain men. I honestly said in 2001 that if we -did- invade Affy, we'd lose. Afghanistan is the "Graveyard of Empires"... The Brits tried it not once, but twice, thrice if you include them on this particular jaunt. The USSR at the height of it's "We're Badass Ivan!" times and they got their asses handed to them as well.
By doodz with Henry Martini rifles, AKs, supplied Stingers and a patchwork pastiche of small arms for the most part. As pure a guerilla war as could be. Tenacious badass hardcore Islamic fuckers who died in droves but never, ever gave up.
Talk about not learning from history.
Reminds me of the socialists/communists these days... "But that wasn't real -insert ideology- This time it'll work!" Also like them fucking idiots saying "Voat harder" after all the current shenanigans and bullshit.
Leave me the fuck out of it Aye.
Let me have my patch, my guns, my buzz, my woman and my family.