What follows is an account from a French ISAF soldier that was stationed with American Warfighters in Afghanistan sometime in the past 4 years. This was copied and translated from an editorial French newspaper.
A NOS FRERES D’ARMES AMERICAINS
"We have shared our daily life with two US units for quite a while - they are the first and fourth companies of a prestigious infantry battalion whose name I will withhold for the sake of military secrecy. To the common man it is a unit just like any other. But we live with them and got to know them, and we henceforth know that we have the honor to live with one of the most renowned units of the US Army - one that the movies brought to the public as series showing "ordinary soldiers thrust into extraordinary events". Who are they, those soldiers from abroad, how is their daily life, and what support do they bring to the men of our OMLT every day? Few of them belong to the Easy Company, the one the TV series focuses on. This one nowadays is named Echo Company, and it has become the support company.
They have a terribly strong American accent - from our point of view the language they speak is not even English. How many times did I have to write down what I wanted to say rather than waste precious minutes trying various pronunciations of a seemingly common word? Whatever State they are from, no two accents are alike and they even admit that in some crisis situations they have difficulties understanding each other. Heavily built, fed at the earliest age with Gatorade, proteins and creatine (Heh. More like Waffle House and McDonalds) - they are all heads and shoulders taller than us and their muscles remind us of Rambo. Our frames are amusingly skinny to them - we are wimps, even the strongest of us - and because of that they often mistake us for Afghans.
And they are impressive warriors! We have not come across bad ones, as strange at it may seem to you when you know how critical French people can be. Even if some of them are a bit on the heavy side, all of them provide us everyday with lessons in infantry know-how. Beyond the wearing of a combat kit that never seem to discomfort them (helmet strap, helmet, combat goggles, rifles etc.) the long hours of watch at the outpost never seem to annoy them in the slightest. On the one square meter wooden tower above the perimeter wall they stand the five consecutive hours in full battle rattle and night vision goggles on top, their sight unmoving in the directions of likely danger. No distractions, no pauses, they are like statues nights and days. At night, all movements are performed in the dark - only a handful of subdued red lights indicate the occasional presence of a soldier on the move. Same with the vehicles whose lights are covered - everything happens in pitch dark even filling the fuel tanks with the Japy pump.Here we discover America as it is often depicted: their values are taken to their paroxysm, often amplified by promiscuity and the loneliness of this outpost in the middle of that Afghan valley.
And combat? If you have seen Rambo you have seen it all - always coming to the rescue when one of our teams gets in trouble, and always in the shortest delay. That is one of their tricks: they switch from T-shirt and sandals to combat ready in three minutes. Arriving in contact with the enemy, the way they fight is simple and disconcerting: they just charge! They disembark and assault in stride, they bomb first and ask questions later - which cuts any pussyfooting short.Honor, motherland - everything here reminds of that: the American flag floating in the wind above the outpost, just like the one on the post parcels. Even if recruits often originate from the hearth of American cities and gang territory, no one here has any goal other than to hold high and proud the star spangled banner. Each man knows he can count on the support of a whole people who provides them through the mail all that an American could miss in such a remote front-line location: books, chewing gums, razorblades, Gatorade, toothpaste etc. in such way that every man is aware of how much the American people backs him in his difficult mission. And that is a first shock to our preconceptions: the American soldier is no individualist. The team, the group, the combat team are the focus of all his attention.
(This is the main area where I'd like to comment. Anyone with a passing knowledge of Kipling knows the lines from Chant Pagan: 'If your officer's dead and the sergeants look white/remember it's ruin to run from a fight./ So take open order, lie down, sit tight/ And wait for supports like a soldier./ This, in fact, is the basic philosophy of both British and Continental soldiers. 'In the absence of orders, take a defensive position.' Indeed, virtually every army in the world. The American soldier and Marine, however, are imbued from early in their training with the ethos: In the Absence of Orders: Attack! Where other forces, for good or ill, will wait for precise orders and plans to respond to an attack or any other 'incident', the American force will simply go, counting on firepower and SOP to carry the day.
This is one of the great strengths of the American force in combat and it is something that even our closest allies, such as the Brits and Aussies (that latter being closer by the way) find repeatedly surprising. No wonder is surprises the hell out of our enemies.)
We have the finest Military in the world. Filled with our finest young men and women. Let's hope and prey the Satanic Communist Obama does not leave them ill equipped and further move to dismantle the military! One thing lacking in the tyrant Obamas character is, he has never served in the military. Then again, if he had they would have kicked the shit out of him for being a arrogant racist pussy and he might be a different person today!
I say your reply is honest and very sincere, but you should never say ubama as ubama. I feel that he is AMERICAS Anti-Christ. I welcome your comments Cary D'Agnese as I feel we are on the same page. GOD Bless America and WE THE PEOPLE shall .............(I need a word here) more than RETURN.
By the time the next election cycle comes around we may be facing these same soldiers under martial law. If they go after these nimrods Obama has installed in our streets and the Pakistani para-military camps, then go after Washington we would have the most respected military in the whole world, "including" Wall street. Then go after Soros. If you leave that snake alive he "will" come back and bite you. It's time our forces joined with other countries and hunt down these people who cause all these international disasters in the name of Jihad or population control. At this point in time the American people need rescuing by our military. Without them we can't stop Obama from unleashing terrible destruction on the Ukraine and on us.
It’s difficult to believe that a Frenchman wrote this. In my experience, he is correct that they are rather slight compared to us and their motivation and dedication to a mission leaves something to be desired (Same with Belgians and Spanish) but what they all seem to have in common is that they look to us for the example of how to accomplish a mission and fall very short of it. Eastern Europeans, Africans and South Americans are about the same. Mexicans and Canadians I am completely unimpressed with and in the case of the Mexicans, it would have been better if they had not shown at all. The ones I enjoyed operating with the most were Australians and Israelis. You can also rest assure that the respect level between Israel and Australia towards us exists also. Some would add the Brits to that list but the arrogance level that come out of their mouths is just obnoxious.
I have a respect for any individual that serves our military. First of all they were either drafted or they signed up, Ok. I think that happened on the other end no matter which country.Now my only question is, is our pres, gonna make a Grand Surprise. to us We the People or not.My belief is no surprise but more turmoil.
No draft for over 40 years. They are all volunteers which makes it all the more impressive, I believe.
Thank God we still have men who are men ! The metrosexuals on the left would have us all feminized !
Let us not waste them fighting for nations that show no appreciation for our sacrifice
By far, The World's BEST !! Let's keep it that way D.C.
" "they bomb first and ask questions later"
"The American soldier and Marine, however, are imbued from early in their training with the ethos: In the Absence of Orders: Attack! Where other forces, for good or ill, will wait for precise orders and plans to respond to an attack or any other 'incident', the American force will simply go, counting on firepower and SOP to carry the day."
With the liberal progressive democrat machine obliterating this nation from the top and bottom,
What the HELL are WE the People waiting for?
Are we not of the same cloth as our fighting soldiers as described in the view of the French soldier above?
Do we not yet know who is our enemy?
Are we blinded by political correctness?
I say WE, as a Vietnam Veteran follow orders delivered by our commanders. We, just like any Foreign Unit we are committed to work with, we establish a working environment. We must not forget our OBJECTIVE. Our cohesiveness and our commitment with each others confidence will CONQUER this enemy. isis or any other shall not survive. Its not Americas' statement its mine.
A house divided cannot stand. We are indeed being destroyed from within.