Scott Kesterson watched the election coverage on AFN with soldiers in Afghanistan. They had this to say about it:
“I take [Obama’s] not wearing the flag on his lapel and his reasoning very personally. Fuck him. That flag is more than just about a country and its ideas; it is about the man on your left and right that you fight with and die for.” — CPT
”He has no use for soldiers. He never took the time on his tours to spend time with soldiers, only senior commanders and foreign politicians.” — MSG
“ The issues of race that are spouted by mouth-pieces like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and others can no longer be argued. There is now a black President. I don’t trust him, but then again, this is what this country is about… allowing an African American unknown to rise to President. As they say, be careful what you wish for. The American public will get what it asked for, whatever that turns out to be.” — MAJ
“ As a military officer I will serve whoever is Commander-in-Chief. But this is the wrong guy for the job, and the wrong time for our country. He’s weak. The greatest fear for a military officer is dedicating your life to a fight that ends up meaning nothing. This generation of Americans behind Obama is the “me” generation. They haven’t served their country, they serve themselves. They haven’t buried their friends for a cause they believed in and fought and died for. Now those friends that I buried will have died for nothing. All Obama wants to do is get us out.” — O
“I have no energy today. I feel like I have been betrayed. This is the rise of the “me” generation into the places of power.” — CPT
“I’m done. It has gotten harder and harder to do our job. This election is the final blow. I just need to finish up my time and get out.” — Soldier
Napoleon said an army’s effectiveness depends on its size, training, experience, and morale, and morale is worth more than any of the other factors combined.
An army tempered in the fires of seven years of war, arguably the best trained, best equipped, most professional army ever fielded, will soon be voting with their feet, broken hearted at their country’s rejection. The people have chosen, and just like the choice made in 1975 to let the Republic of South Vietnam die, this choice, too, will bear bitter fruit. I don’t believe civilians understand the consequences of what they’ve done.