Taking Texas And The Nation Back

Petraeus Sees Our Troops Decompensate!

Posted by bosskitty on May 11, 2007

Decompensate: the inability to maintain defense mechanisms in response to stress, resulting in personality disturbance or psychological imbalance.

Pentagon mental-health advisory team, findings:
Approximately 10 percent of all Army and Marine Corps troops surveyed last September in Iraq acknowledged mistreating civilians (troops “damaged/destroyed Iraqi property … or hit/kicked a non-combatant”). The report found that soldiers who’d experienced the most combat were “nearly twice as likely to mistreat non-combatants.” Nearly half of the Army troops and 60 percent of the Marines told researchers that if someone in their unit were to kill an innocent civilian, they would not report it.
Gen. David Petraeus
: “respect human dignity, maintain our integrity and do what is right.” Although “[w]e train to kill our enemies,” Petraeus wrote, [w]hat sets us apart from our enemies … is how we behave.”
The General wrote an open letter to our troops, this Thursday, addressing the unacceptable disregard for civilian and innocent casualties.

Thank you Bonnie Goldstein in her Slate Magazine and Thomas E. Ricks The Washington Post for their articles today

General Petraeus Open Letter dated May 10, 2007


8 Responses to “Petraeus Sees Our Troops Decompensate!”

  1. kayinmaine said

    It’s amazing that Petraeus finds torture unacceptable. Where has he been????!!?

  2. nytexan said

    Thanks Kay, I could have said so much more, but the General has acknowledged the issue and King George can’t dismiss the facts this time. After all, King George “listens to his generals”. I reiterate that IRAQ no longer exists.
    When you kick an ant bed, you cannot stuff the ants back in.

  3. Everyone, every single member of our government is immoral and incompetent.

  4. kayinmaine said

    Yep. Kicking an ant bed results in ants running everywhere and the chances of getting them back in is almost impossible. Yep.

  5. bosskitty said

    Hey Kay, I was using NYTEXAN’s computer when I responded to your kind comment. Texas has lotsa ants – saw the analogy right away.

  6. Nelly said

    Well… they need support. They need real support not just a bumpersticker or what ever else. The letters are heartbreaking and amazing in the same way. The most rewarding thing i’ve ever done in my life is being a Soldiers’ Angel.

    If you want to do something for the troops, write a supportive letter that gets their mind off the things they see every single day.

  7. bosskitty said

    You are so right Nelly. We can sit on our butts and gripe about what’s happening and who it’s happening to, all day. But those guys and gals are still suffering the consequences of our political catastrophe. Writing letters and sending care packages is a small and doable contribution. Hats off to everyone sending personal support to the troops.

  8. nytexan said

    Correct Nelly. I wrote a post about a week ago regarding the treatment of the troops and supporting them doesn’t mean a lapel flag or a bumper sticker.

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