Twenty-six year old Army Staff Sergeant Matt Sitton predicted his own death. He’d advised his entire chain of command that he and his men were performing daily foot patrols where they knew there were improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Every day they went into this particular field, and every day a man lost a leg or an arm or their life.
SSG Sitton’s command told him to quit whining.
I’m having a difficult time understanding why commanders send soldiers into an area where they are going to be either seriously injured or killed and there’s nothing for the United States to gain.
Furthermore, what happened to the $3 billion budget paid to the agency that’s in charge of protecting our troops against IEDs. We’re sustaining the same number of horrific injuries and deaths despite the expenditure. Where’s the accounting of the money?
SSG Matt Sitton wrote a letter to U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young. Rep. Young attends the same church as SSG Sitton and his young family. He wrote the letter after his command refused to take action on patrolling the field with the IEDs. The very field where the staff sergeant was killed by an IED.
Rep. Young is an influential Republican and partly because of the letter he received from SSG Matt Sitton, he’s now in a position opposite that held by most of his party.
Rep. Young reported he shared Sitton’s letter with the Army’s top leadership, as well as Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
No one took action and no one owns up to the responsibility of the men patrolling a field set with IEDs wherein the U.S. had nothing to gain. It seems to me no one knows what our mission is anymore or did we ever have one?
In my opinion, our troops must come home. We are not making our country safer by fighting someone else’s war on borrowed money.