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Medal of Honor to band of brothers fighting America’s senseless wars

An extraordinarily brave American, Spc. Salvatore Giunta of Hiawatha, Iowa, the first live American to win the Medal of Honor since the war in Vietnam, said this after his heroism was recognized in a battle far from Kandahar, in the Korengal Valley three years ago:

“These people won’t leave this valley,” he said of the Afghans. “They have been here far before I could fathom an Afghanistan.”

Then he said: “All my feelings are with my friends and they are getting smaller.”

Our soldiers fight for each other, for their friends, as soldiers have fought and died for each other through the centuries. They are certainly not fighting, this small band of volunteer brothers, for the ideas or ambitions of George Bush or Barack Obama, or Donald Rumsfeld or David Petraeus.

They are not even fighting for the rest of us, the American people. We just had a national election for the Congress, that half-dead body which is supposed to declare wars, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were barely mentioned by candidates. And why should they be? Except for the fact that it is draining our treasury, the wars are barely affecting the overwhelming majority of Americans.

We are spectators. Did we even notice when the troops abandoned the Korengal Valley in defeat three months ago? Are we noticing that Congress, the White House and the Pentagon are now planning to hold off on major troop withdrawal from Afghanistan until 2014, four years from now?

So shed tears for the brave. And for the cowards, too, the men and women in Washington who refuse to admit we cannot impose our will on the world — and certainly never will unless we are in a struggle where we are all engaged and all at risk. The band of brothers out there are alone. We have already abandoned them in a bloody fog of empty words about national security.

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2 Responses to “Medal of Honor to band of brothers fighting America’s senseless wars”

  1. On Oct. 25, 2007, then-Spc. Giunta’s squad was ambushed by insurgents and two soldiers were cut off from the rest. In the initial moments of the firefight, Giunta ventured out into enemy fire to pull a comrade back to cover. Minutes later, he sprinted through enemy fire to stop a pair of insurgents from abducting another wounded soldier.

    After the White House ceremony, Giunta took a somber tone with his remarks, honoring his two teammates killed that day: Spc. Hugo Mendoza and Sgt. Joshua Brennan, the man he saved from abduction.

    “This is an incredible time, but it’s also kind of a bittersweet time. Because of this day, I lost two dear friends of mine,” he said. “I would give this back in a second to have those friends here with me now.

  2. I`M SURE THIS MAN WAS SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF OUR FIGHTING FORCES ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT ARE TAKING THEIR OWN LIVES AT AN UNPRECIDENTED RATE BECAUSE WE CANNOT THROUGH OUR NATIONS LEADERSHIP COMMIT TO BATTLE ANDFIGHT FOR A VICTORY THERE IN AFGHANISTAN OR ANYWHERE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THE TROOPS NEED TO BE ROTATED OUT AND REPLACED WE NEED TO ENLIST AND TRAIN NEW TROOPS AND STAND AND FIGHT FOR VICTORY AND NOT ABANDON OUR PURPOSE THERE AS WELL AS OUR FIGHTING FORCES. WE ARE DOING AN OCCUPATION RIGHT NOW AND PRETENDING TO CONTAIN THE ENEMY.. WITHOUT A DECISVE BATTLE AND A STRATEGY FOR ONE WITH A VICTORIOUS EXIT OR REBUILDING THE AFGHAN NATION AFTER THE DEATH OF THE TALIBAN`S REGIME WE ARE JUST FOOLING AROUND WITH OUR OWN NATIONS DISASTER.


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