Tired, so Very Very Tired

The exhaustion of two weekends in a row of soccer tournaments in the blistering heat are catching up with me. In the meantime, pray for The Anchoress’ speedy recovery and read about someone else who is tired, but just of different things.

I’m Tired

Two weeks ago, as I was starting my sixth month of duty in Iraq, I was forced to return to the USA for surgery for an injury I sustained prior to my deployment. With luck, I’ll return to Iraq in January to finish my tour.

I left Baghdad and a war that has every indication that we are winning, to return to a demoralized country much like the one I returned to in 1971 after my tour in Vietnam.

Maybe it’s because I’ll turn 60 years old in just four months, but I’m tired:

I’m tired of spineless politicians, both Democrat and Republican who lack the courage, fortitude, and character to see these difficult tasks through.

I’m tired of the hypocrisy of politicians who want to rewrite history when the going gets tough.

I’m tired of the disingenuous clamor from those that claim they “Support the Troops” by wanting them to “Cut and Run” before victory is achieved.

I’m tired of a mainstream media that can only focus on car bombs and casualty reports because they are too afraid to leave the safety of their hotels to report on the courage and success our brave men and women are having on the battlefield.

I’m tired that so many American’s think you can rebuild a dictatorship into a democracy over night.

I’m tired that so many ignore the bravery of the Iraqi people to go to the voting booth and freely elect a Constitution and soon a permanent Parliament.

I’m tired of the so called “Elite Left” that prolongs this war by giving aid and comfort to our enemy, just as they did during the Vietnam War.

I’m tired of anti-war protesters showing up at the funerals of our fallen in a just and noble cause, only to be cruelly tormented on the funeral day by cowardly protesters is beyond shameful.

I’m tired that my generation, the Baby Boom – Vietnam generation, who have such a weak backbone that they can’t stomach seeing the difficult tasks through to victory.

I’m tired that some are more concerned about the treatment of captives then they are the slaughter and beheading of our citizens and allies.

I’m tired that when we find mass graves it is seldom reported by the press, but mistreat a prisoner and it is front page news.

Mostly, I’m tired that the people of this great nation didn’t learn from history that there is no substitute for Victory.

Joe Repya
Lieutenant Colonel
U. S. Army
101st Airborne Division

While this was written in 2005, it still holds true today. Joe Repya is now considering a run for Senate.


  1. Ken Larson said,

    August 20, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    I am a 2 tour Vietnam Veteran who recently retired after 36 years of working in the Defense Industrial Complex on many of the weapons systems being used by our forces as we speak. I believed another Vietnam could be avoided with defined missions and the best armaments in the world.

    It made no difference.

    We have bought into the Military Industrial Complex (MIC). If you would like to read how this happens please see:


    Through a combination of public apathy and threats by the MIC we have let the SYSTEM get too large. It is now a SYSTEMIC problem and the SYSTEM is out of control. Government and industry are merging and that is very dangerous.

    There is no conspiracy. The SYSTEM has gotten so big that those who make it up and run it day to day in industry and government simply are perpetuating their existance.

    The politicians rely on them for details and recommendations because they cannot possibly grasp the nuances of the environment and the BIG SYSTEM.

    So, the system has to go bust and then be re-scaled, fixed and re-designed to run efficiently and prudently, just like any other big machine that runs poorly or becomes obsolete or dangerous.

    This situation will right itself through trauma. I see a government ENRON on the horizon, with an associated house cleaning.

    The next president will come and go along with his appointees and politicos. The event to watch is the collapse of the MIC.

    For more details see:



  2. mikeinmanila said,

    August 20, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    I’m never too tired to read the truth…
    and even in exhaustion.
    The facts Joe raised are truly something that
    gives me strength to continue trying to report
    what I see on this front of the War on Terror
    in Asia.
    Going on three weekends in a row I have covered
    (albeit from a distance) the tragic conflict in the
    Philippines South.
    Hundreds have been wounded dozens killed on
    both sides…
    Yet, most seem to see this fight which has gone on
    by and large for the last three decaes as but a new
    phase in a insurgency – there are actually three
    going on at the same time here.
    Yet its part of daily life – sitting down for coffee with
    a Philippine Senator – I pondered about how long
    the fight might go on – He put it plain and simple
    until both sides decides its over – and get fed up
    with all the violence.
    I asked him – when did he think that would happen.
    He said – most get tired then die – or leave the battles
    to younger men who in turn grow old and leave the fight to
    thoe who can no longer remember what the battles are
    all originally about anymore.
    War, takes a life of its own – and – each new death mens
    someones sons, brtohers, fathers, sisters, or, daughters –
    come along to fight in place for those killed.
    When will the battles end? Here, there, and everywhere?
    That is something only those fighting can say.

    So even if a political leader somewhere decides – its over lets
    all go home – on the other side or sides – someone will not
    be willing to end that battle till its won from their point of view.

    So when will this current conflict end? When it ends.


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