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WR Steve Smith from Iraq: 'A life-changing experience'

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[quote name='ButWhysTheRumGone' timestamp='1363823834' post='2169446']
in other words, we are lucky as fug to be Americans.
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You have no idea man. No freaking Idea.

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14088070815 [quote name='FredLane4Ever' timestamp='1363824443' post='2169456']
The real matter here is that athletes visit all of the fake ass soldiers on big ass Air Force Bases that are like small cities, while all of the real soldiers are in the middle of nowhere sucking. I hate 99 percent of all military members. They are a bunch of pussies collecting a paycheck.


By the way when you watch sports and it shows soldiers watching the game. They are a bunch of pussies that have their own apartment with internet and are served great food. They have great gyms and can watch HD television then go to the shop and buy anything a normal civilian buys.
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Somebody didn't do so hot on the ASVAB.
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[quote name='PhillyB' timestamp='1363842306' post='2169819']
I didn't serve. effectively I wasted two years of taxpayer money in training and then got a medical ejection
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I first read that as [i]erection[/i] and proceeded to read it again.

Mind if I ask your particular reason for being medically ejected?

I would do anything in the world to serve my country (here or abroad) .. sadly, my maker had other plans and made my body 100% unable.

feelsbadman.

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On the topic.

Way to go, Steve.

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[quote name='carpantherfan84' timestamp='1363821787' post='2169426']

It is rare that Philly B and I are on the opposite sides of a conversation but I am a career soldier with multiple combat tours and I feel compelled to respond (though I may regret it later, lol)

The fact of the matter is is that America is a very powerful nation. We exercise our influence across the globe and constantly take military action to protect our "interests" Because of this we as citizens are able to enjoy a way of life unlike any where else in the world in particular we have enjoyed near unlimited access to resources that are rare in the world, i.e. food, water, oil, land. We drive huge gas guzzling cars that we park in our paved driveway that goes to a house that sits on a half acre of land that we spend our free time grooming because we can. There is no threat of starvation from running out of useable farm land. We spend hours on the weekend killing animals that we dont eat or catch fish simply because we like the challenge. There is absolutely no threat of invasion so we have plenty of free time to spend argueing about a game that is played by multimillionaires. As a nation our bellies are seldom empty and even our poor have access to facilities to shelter, clothe and feed them. The common family has such excess that most have tv's they never watch or rooms they never use. Yes these [i]freedoms[/i] are many.

Indeed America is unique in its combination of wealth and security. But why is this? Is the rest of the world so incredibly generous that they clamour over one another to bask in the glory that is the US? Do they form lines to offer us tribute, that our country may continue to prosper? What keeps them at bay? A kind word and a firm handshake from the President? Well, I promise you that it is not our good looks and sunny disposition. This is what [i]your[/i] military offers you. The knowledge that no matter what, you are safe to pursue your interests as an American citizen, free from the [b]militaristic[/b] influence of other nations.

The members of the military volunteer to accept this responsiblity often times at great risk to their own life, but never with a complaint. You are [b]obligated[/b] to respect that, because there is not one of you that would trade even [i]one[/i] freedom in order to satisfy some trumped up sense of moral dilemna. [i]That [/i]is what is meant by supporting the [u]troops[/u] not necessarily the[u] war[/u]. We do not choose the fight. We do not pick our battles or tell the public what nations we will exercise our influence. ALL of those decisions are made by [b]civilians. [/b]If you dont like it vote new people in. That stuff is not our call. But without us there would be no nation to protect. There is one superpower. Just one. There can only be one. I am curious to hear who you would rather have that role other than us.


People may not like it, and when I stand before God I may find that I have to answer for some things, but this is what I do. I love this country. I am third generation Airborne Paratrooper. I have no delusions as to why we are strong, but I am completely comfortable with risking my life that you may keep yours.
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Very well said.

I, like you, have spent my youth serving this country.

I want to address the point the soldiers in Iraq (or anywhere else) aren't protecting our country. PHILLYB let me ask you this? Have you been attacked by terrorist lately? You, your family, friends and even enemies? Just once? I would be pretty sure I can answer that before you can. The answer would be NO

This isn't by accident. People like CarPantherFan84, myself and a few others on this board go out after those terrorist, those crazy people that threaten your lifestyle. While we may not always get them, we keep them running so they don't have time to FUG with you.

Have you ever been to Iraq or Afghanistan? I have spent the last 9 1/2 years in the Middle East supporting those troops after a 25 year Naval Career. There are many in those countries that HATE AMERICANS just for the reasons CarPantherFan84 pointed out. Time to enjoy a good life while they spend a lifetime trying to feed their families. A lifetime of struggle. Many want to kill you because some fanatic tells them we are evil.

EVERY BRANCH is in Afghanistan, USMC, USN, USAF, USA and USCG Everyone. Chasing down those Mother Fuging Fanatics.

Is it costly, you bet. Is it never ending, probably, does it seem to be a waste of time and life? NO DOUBT.

Next time you think that our troops aren't protecting your interests. Find a time you were last harassed or attacked because you are an AMERICAN. When you can't THEN YOU KNOW WHY!!!!!

God Bless our Troops and GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!

To the Opening post. Awesome story. Every athlete, every cheerleader, every rock, country, and rap band, every actor and actress and every politician that goes over and witnesses HOW our troop protect this country of ours comes back with that same "Life Changing Point of View" I am glad he got to go. I can bet the soldiers enjoyed that cast. That had some big names. I met Mike Minter in Mosul Iraq during the 2007 Super Bowl week.

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[quote name='Keith Moons Liver' timestamp='1363814233' post='2169244']
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yeah, cuz saddam was about to take away our rights
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Your comment is a political statement. I also thought the Iraq war was a stupid waste of men and resources that had nothing to do with what happened on 9/11. But neither of those statements has the slightest thing to do with the job our soldiers and Marines do. They don't get to pick the mission - they have to trust the American people and its political leadership to not endanger their lives needlessly - they just have to go where they're told and fight who our elected leaders say are a threat to the nation. They did that, and continue to do that to this very day. The fact that they are still in harms way is on us, as the society that sends them to dangerous places. The fact that they do so with energy, professionalism, and dedication is proof that they are, indeed, defending "our rights' and the principles this nation is built on.

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I was in Afghanistan when Andy Reid, Childress, John Fox and some others came to visit on a USO tour. Unfortunately, I was outside of the wire, so I never got to meet one or anything, Toby Keith came and put on a concert for us, missed that as well, USO tour's are usually for Fobbits, lol, which isn't bad, but to combat guys rarely get to take part.

Awesome thing for them to do, none the less.

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[quote name='Ivan The Awesome' timestamp='1363842508' post='2169823']


You have no idea man. No freaking Idea.
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Yep, Are you living in Mexico right now Ivan?

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[quote name='Jai.' timestamp='1363875291' post='2170027']
I was in Afghanistan when Andy Reid, Childress, John Fox and some others came to visit on a USO tour. Unfortunately, I was outside of the wire, so I never got to meet one or anything, Toby Keith came and put on a concert for us, missed that as well, USO tour's are usually for Fobbits, lol, which isn't bad, but to combat guys rarely get to take part.

Awesome thing for them to do, none the less.
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I was in Bagram until January of this year. That pic is up North. What site were you at? Shank, Sharana?

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When I was in country, it was Fob Salerno, im pretty damn sure it's Salerno Air Field by now, it's right outside of Khost province. We used to damn near drive all the way to Gardez to run missions, so we were usually out, clearing routes and kicking ass.

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[quote name='DaveThePanther2008' timestamp='1363880667' post='2170111']
I was in Bagram until January of this year. That pic is up North. What site were you at? Shank, Sharana?
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I was at Bagram for two weeks though in 07, Metal Detector training.

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[quote name='Jai.' timestamp='1363891042' post='2170345']
When I was in country, it was Fob Salerno, im pretty damn sure it's Salerno Air Field by now, it's right outside of Khost province. We used to damn near drive all the way to Gardez to run missions, so we were usually out, clearing routes and kicking ass.
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I was with Fluor. The department I was with did O & M Services which we didn't provide at Salerno. The only service we provided was the Basic Life Support such as electrical, HVAC and plumbing.

People don't realize how Fugging cold it could get there as well as the summertime heat.
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