How many times have you heard this line used in a movie or TV show? I guess it would be often…..
The premise is that no soldier is left on the field of battle…..a wonderful concept…..a brave bold statement……however not accurate. The mission ALWAYS comes first…if that means a person is left behind…so be it.
But this post is about those Iraqis that help the US when it invaded in 2003….
The US has a horrible track record on assisting those that helped in our war endeavors…..in Iraq it was those people that joined with the US forces to defeat Saddam and his minions……once we had accomplished the task what was the future of those brave Iraqis?
Not a very honorable picture in that……now is it?
But Iraq was not the only time that we turned our backs on those that risked everything to help in our war efforts…..
For me it is Vietnam and the people known as Montagnards……indigenous tribesmen of the Central Highlands of Vietnam that joined with US Special Forces to fight the NVA and the VC…..
The bond between America’s elite fighters and their indigenous partners has persisted into the present, but despite the best efforts of vets, the Montagnards have suffered greatly in the postwar years, at least in part because they cast their lot with the U.S. Army. In a war with more than its share of tragedies, this one is less often told but is crucial to understanding the conflict and its toll.
We could also use Afghanistan of the 1980’s as an example…..only it was not so much individuals that we turned our backs on but rather an entire country.
After Soviet forces pulled out of the country in 1989. Various factions of mujahedeen — or holy warriors — took control but then quickly began to fight among themselves. And that continued bloodshed among the warlords gave rise to the radical Taliban movement.
And the US saw NO strategic benefit in further funding any ops in Afghanistan….so yes we turned our backs on the country and as they say…..”the rest is history”.
We have done this sort of thing many times…..we turn our backs on those when they are NO longer useful….and it is translating into our society as well…..