posted on Jan, 23 2008 @ 11:47 PM
I am a current member of the United States Army. I have served two tours as Basic Combat Training Cadre for combat arms units. I have been to Iraq,
and in a few months time will be posting on this forum from that country again. I am a senior level leader, and I am a free thinker.
As a leader, I know the seriousness of a claim of racial discrimination. It can completely shut down an entire unit for months. Could Jesse's
claims be true? Anything is possible. They are, however, extremely unlikely. There are many institutional controls in effect to prevent hate
crimes. Hate crimes degrade combat effectiveness by polarizing the unit. I find it mind boggling to think that out of 54 other trainees and 3 other
Drill Sergeants in the platoon (this is the standard platoon size at Fort Benning, GA) that not a single one of them thought, "Hey, maybe tying this
dude naked to a post and torturing him isn't right." If they managed to get all these guys on the bandwagon, you have at least three other platoons
in the company. Thats 219 soldiers, 15 Drill Sergeants, a First Sergeant, an Executive Officer, and a Commanding Officer with no morals whatsoever.
If a trainee was tied up for several days, everyone would find out about it eventually. The First Sergeant would know after the first day, when the
Dining Facility asked him why his meal count was off by three.
That doesn't even take into account the fact that if this was true and made the presses, just about everyone who even walked past this kid would have
their military career immeadiately ended, not to mention being maxed out on every punishment short of public castration. The Army would sacrifice
these guys in a heartbeat to save that kind of face. Even if none of them had the moral fortitude to step foreward, self-preservation is the deepest
rooted of human instincts.
I could go on, but this thing only allows 4000 characters. If you have questions about the institutional unlikelyhood of this happening, send it.
And to quell a few commonly held notions:
-We are not brainwashed. We have the civilian forcibly removed from us, but individual beliefs are still allowed under the UCMJ.
-We don't give a crap if you're a Christian, Muslim, Wiccan, or Flying Speghetti Monsterist. Our Intelligence Officer is a Muslim. I'm not afraid
hes going to sell our secrets to the terrorists.
-Everyone I know actually likes Iraqis. The ones that don't shoot at you are some of the nicest people on the planet. And they make killer tea.
-We know Iraqis are people. Thats why we build them schools, fix their utilities, give them jobs, and SPENT THE LAST FIVE YEARS trying to secure a
better future for them. Say what you like about the ulterior motives of Bush or Congress or the NWO reptilians or whatever, the soldiers on the ground
are there to help the Iraqi citizen. The more we help, just maybe we might all get to see our families some Christmas this decade.
-We do not "machine gun fleeing groups of women and children." Its illegal, would cause one heck of a tribal revolt, and not to mention is in bad
taste. Last time I was there, we were accountable for every round that we carried into sector. They got counted by a third party when we got back
from patrol. If one was missing, it was a formal investigation. Thats not fun, and neither is bagging the crowd of noncombatants we just mowed
Thats about it for me.