Monday, July 16, 2007

Joe Repya's "I'm Tired" and the Baby Boom

Norma Segal just forwarded this letter from Lieutenant Colonel Joe Repya.

>"I'm Tired
BY: Joe Repya, Lieutenant Colonel, U. S. Army
101st Airborne Division

Two weeks ago, as I was starting my sixth month of duty in Iraq, I was forced to return to the USA for surgery for an injury I sustained prior to my deployment. With luck, I'll return to Iraq to finish my tour.

I left Baghdad, and a war that has every indication that we are winning, to return to a demoralized country much like the one I returned to in 1971 after my tour in Vietnam. Maybe it's because I'll turn 60 years old in just four months, but I'm tired:

I'm tired of spineless politicians, both Democrat and Republican, who lack the courage, fortitude and character to see these difficult tasks through.

I'm tired of the hypocrisy of politicians who want to rewrite history when the going gets tough.

I'm tired of the disingenuous clamor from those that claim they 'Support the Troops' by wanting them to 'Cut and Run' before victory is achieved.

I'm tired of a mainstream media that can only focus on car bombs and casualty reports because they are too afraid to leave the safety of their hotels to report on the courage and success our brave men and women are having on the battlefield.

I'm tired that so many Americans think you can rebuild a dictatorship into a democracy overnight. I'm tired that so many ignore the bravery of the Iraqi people to go to the voting booth and freely elect a Constitution and soon a permanent

I'm tired of the so called 'Elite Left' that prolongs this war by giving aid and comfort to our enemy, just as they did during the Vietnam War.

I'm tired of antiwar protesters showing up at the funerals of our fallen soldiers, a family whose loved ones gave their life in a just and noble cause, only to be cruelly tormented on the funeral day by cowardly protesters is beyond shameful.

I'm tired that my generation, the Baby Boom --Vietnam generation, who have such a weak backbone that they can't stomach seeing the difficult tasks through to victory.

I'm tired that some are more concerned about the treatment of captives than they are the slaughter and beheading of our citizens and allies.

I'm tired that when we find mass graves it is seldom reported by the press, but mistreat a prisoner and it is front-page news.

Mostly, I'm tired that the people of this great nation didn't learn from history that there is no substitute for victory.


Joe Repya, Lieutenant Colonel, U. S. Army
101st Airborne Division >"

One of several of Repya's points that deserves further exploration is the one about the baby boomers. The baby boom generation is the one that was too self-indulgent to care about the political milking of the social security system even as they spent carelessly and failed to save for retirement. They are the generation that watched while health care costs spun out of control, and likely will spin even further when they most need care, without lifting a finger to solve the problem. The baby boom is the generation that watched Alan Greenspan debase the US dollar but lacked the cognitive reasoning skills to voice concern. The baby boom is the generation that watched higher education costs spin out of control while educational standards and achievement plummeted. The baby boom is the generation that watched lower educational standards plummet while corporations fled the country. Is it surprising that the baby boom lacks the courage and ability to confront terrorism? Repya is right about the baby boom.

1 comment:

Rob said...

As a member of the baby boom generation (just barely...), I agree whole-heartedly with the comments. Of course the baby boom generation doesn't have the stomach for way. They don't have the stomach for self-control, why would war be any different