Wednesday, December 03, 2008

French Commentary on the US Military

Say what you like about the French; at least they are perceptive. Excerpts from a French soldier's letter about the Americans with whom he is serving:

...Heavily built, fed at the earliest age with Gatorade, proteins and creatine - 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.

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. 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.

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 ennemy, 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

God Bless the USA....

5 comments:

TerryN said...

Thanks for sharing this. After weeks of reading about the constant fumblebumbling of our increasingly corrupt electorate, this makes me feel a little proud again of what we are doing to advance democracy.

Steve Burri said...

Here's a letter from an Australian soldier in Baghdad to his father back home that is like the one quoted above.

asianbadger said...

Too bad the MSM can't see what the French see.

Berto said...

Creatine and protein are proven to be very effective in growing muscle, but they alone are not making RAMBOS out of anyone.

Plus, these supplements are readily available to people everywhere. Hell, the best creatine monohydrate is made in Germany. It's not like we have a lock on any of this.

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