American troops in Afghanistan losing heart, say army chaplains

Discussion in 'Politics' started by drjekyllus, Oct 8, 2009.


    American soldiers serving in Afghanistan are depressed and deeply disillusioned, according to the chaplains of two US battalions that have spent nine months on the front line in the war against the Taleban.

    Many feel that they are risking their lives — and that colleagues have died — for a futile mission and an Afghan population that does nothing to help them, the chaplains told The Times in their makeshift chapel on this fortress-like base in a dusty, brown valley southwest of Kabul.

    “The many soldiers who come to see us have a sense of futility and anger about being here. They are really in a state of depression and despair and just want to get back to their families,” said Captain Jeff Masengale, of the 10th Mountain Division’s 2-87 Infantry Battalion.

    “They feel they are risking their lives for progress that’s hard to discern,” said Captain Sam Rico, of the Division’s 4-25 Field Artillery Battalion. “They are tired, strained, confused and just want to get through.” The chaplains said that they were speaking out because the men could not.

    Look, its blatantly obvious that Obama does not want to execute this war in a way which will produce a successful outcome. As such, he ought to stop trying to play the middle and pull these guys out and bring them home. If Obama wants to continue this war, he ought to be listening to his generals not Nancy Pelosi.
  2. It is obvious that you are blaming someone else for soldiers not doing their job...

    It is never a coaches fault if a player doesn't give it 100% no matter what the score...

    It's called personal pride...

  3. Question raised: if the dollar continues to plummet, how will this affect financing a two-front war. Could be why gold is rising. Not trying to be doom and gloom, but this looks serious.
  4. Ricter


    Would not be a representative sample if it's only based on the group that comes to see the chaplains.
  5. Well so far he's waging the fuck outta war against (as you put it other) Muslims.

    As an American, should he? Hell no.

    When will you kooks actually wake up?


  6. Ohhh, I see. The failure rests solely on the shoulders of the soldiers because Obama is doing such a great job.

    Anyday I expect to see the libs going back to their true roots and they will be spitting on the troops.
  7. Tresor


    Unbelievable :D I wonder if US was invaded by another nation. Would the invading army be surprised that the Americans do nothing to help the invaders?
  8. The soldiers failures individually rest on the soldier's individual failures.

    Their "losing heart" is their own weakness...

    A true warrior doesn't lose heart even though he is losing the battle...

    It is the dumb fucking right wing redneck chickenhawks who actually spit on the soldiers in the first place, by supporting Bush and his failed policy that Obama inherited...

    You klannish take zero responsibility for empowering Bush to fuck over the military like no one has ever done in our history...