As Barack Obama apologized for the burning of the Koran, books used by prisoners to pass messages, Maryland Soldier Major Robert Marchanti was murdered in Afghanistan by an animal. Bob was murdered because a book was burned. He paid the ultimate price and his Commander in Chief is apologizing (as did the General in charge over there). Is the Afghani President apologizing over Bob’s murder? Hell no, he is calling for those who burned the books to be prosecuted.
Did anyone apologize when the US Army burned Bibles it confiscated from a soldier? No and Christians did not riot and kill people.
Perhaps we should start rioting to get what we want.
Bob Marchanti and I served together and he was my friend. It is tragic that he died and it hurts deeply to know he will never be with his family or friends again. It hurts more to know that he was murdered by someone he was helping and because someone burned a book.
Our military sacrifices everything for this country and that sacrifice sometimes includes their lives. We willingly go through the gates of hell to keep our country safe and free.
What thanks do the men and women of the military get from the people who run this country? They get slapped in the face as the politicians try to balance the budget on the backs of those who serve. While social welfare programs remain untouched the defense budget is hacked to pieces and the programs promised to veterans are going to cost them much more. The federal government is looking to increase the premiums veterans pay for health care.
Some claim that the goal is to force veterans into Obamacare. I don’t know (though it would not surprise me) and I don’t care.
Veterans have sacrificed a lot up front for benefits in the future and it is just flat out wrong for the government to break the promises it made to its warriors.
It is not my intention to use the death of my friend for political purposes. I would not dishonor him or his family by doing so.
However, his death reminds us of what sacrifice is and that we have commitments to those who serve.
Commitments that we should honor.
Rest in peace my friend. You served honorably and will be sorely missed.
Never surrender, never submit.