(Dec. 11, 2016) — [A note to the reader:  Being a writer of the P&E has afforded me some great opportunities for stories, many of which are sent to me from our troops in the field. This is one such story.]

“They said that yesterday and tomorrow they’ll say the same thing: ‘The extension will only be for 72 hours.’ How many times have we heard that, twice, thrice, thorce?”

“There’s no such word as ‘thorce.’”

“Maybe not, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one now. You knew what I meant: twice, three times, four times.”

“I figured that out all by myself, just as I figure we’re out here because we’re expendable.”

“Look, if life hasn’t taught you anything by now, everyone is expendable. Look what they did to Jesus for, well, all he did was help people. ‘If you see a man approaching you with the obvious intent of doing you good, you should run for your life.’ Thoreau said that.”

“No kidding?”

“None other.”

“Right, Jesus was a ‘do-gooder.’ They say we’re ‘do-gooders’ too, but I just don’t see it.”

“And neither do I. ‘Changing hearts and minds;” are you kidding me?”

“Right. We drive through a village and all we see are hand gestures in the rear-view mirror.”

“And they’re not waving us goodbye.”

“No democracy in these parts. No girls being taught how to read and write, and if they’re ever caught with a ‘How to Read’ book they’re summarily executed, commonly called an ‘Honor Killing’ so as to, and I quote, ‘protect the family’s honor.’ Excuse me while I throw up. And we’re here for what reason, tell me that?”

“Why you asking me? Ask Tops or the Lieutenant.”

“I just might do that.”

“No, you won’t; you’ll just mark your time, just as everyone else here is doing. Just make it through until we get a REAL Commander-in-Chief and we get a new set of Rules of Engagement. They fire at us from a mosque or a cemetery as we drive by and we have to just sit back and take it. And if we fire back and kill any of them we get arrested and thrown in a penitentiary.”

“That’s right: and if we call for permission to fire back, by the time we get an answer they’ve already run away or we’re all killed, or maimed — or something — If Trump doesn’t do what he says he’ll do there’ll be a million active military really ticked-off, I’m telling you.”

“And I’m hearing you. I say he does exactly what he says he’d do. Heck, I voted for him.”

“Me, too.”

“This stinks. We’re just sitting ducks, that’s all we are.”

“Make that ‘Christian Sitting Ducks.’”

“’American Christian Sitting Ducks.’”

 “’American Infidel Christian Sitting Ducks.’”

“See that pickup truck just sitting there near that intersection?”

 “You mean the one that’s been there for the last hour? I see it. I saw it when it pulled up. So what?”

“The ‘what’ is that we could take it out if we wanted. Now look over to your left, where those tall trees are; no, way over. See it? That’s a convoy of ours approaching. What if that truck was packed with explosives, what do you think?”

“Well, if we call it in they’ll just tell us to mind our own business; or tell us to ‘sit tight’ until the Pentagon gets back to us, and by that time a bunch of our fellow Americans will have been sent to Kingdom Come, won’t they?”

“Possible, unless we put a few rounds into the back of that truck.”

“What if we’re wrong?”

“Let’s think about that only when we have to. If we’re right then that whole intersection will just be one big crater.”

“And then we’ll get a medal, you think?”

“I think not. Not a word, okay? We’ll fire at the same time. I’ll aim for the gas tank and you aim for that big plywood box in the back, okay?”

“And keep firing?”

“Until it explodes or we run out of ammo.”

“Good luck.”

“Same to you.”

“Let’s do it.”

“On the count of three.”

“No, make it on thorce.”

“You got it. One; two; three; thorce.”

“Land of a Thousand Dances”



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