Preface: LtCol S.x MacTemplar -Shadow Warrior

Where to begin? It seems that war is just too big of a topic for Hollywood to handle in 90-110 minutes. Go figure. I know I can’t do it justice in 300-plus pages, either, but it will be more accurate than anything Hollywood can dish up.

I suspect what people want from Hollywood is to take the viewer from innocent civilian to battle-hardened soldier and back again. Do we really want Hollywood to tell us about Charlie’s war in Afghanistan or are we more interested in the conflicts within the soul of the Lion of Panjshir?

Modern war movies seem to be more about telling the story within the story. The other problem with movies is that there is no smell, except of popcorn and spilled fountain drinks. Try to imagine the real smells of war. Then smell the “imagined” ones of fear and death. Do death and fear have a scent? Is it a bad thing if you don’t know the answer to that question?

We are all fascinated with war. It is tribalism at its worst and unveils the darkness within each of our souls. That is why scenes from The Deer Hunter are so hard to watch. We realize that war can take good, decent, and normal people to dark places from which they never can fully return. The movies that touch us the most are those that teach us new ways to think about the common man turned warrior. What makes him take on these unbearable loads? Imagine the burden of command, the weight of a nation upon your very flawed and weak mind and body.

What if, after great personal sacrifice and loss, your president gives away with the stroke of his pen the victory soaked in the blood of your friends and the Marines who believed in you enough to follow your not-always-perfect orders?

Why is war hell? you ask. War is hell because of how the Ruling Class mocks the sacrifices of our warriors. Then there is survivor’s guilt thrown in for good measure.

The best modern war movies do not try to explain war or even human nature. What they do is try to provide a glimpse into the impenetrable psychic conflicts that modern warfare weighs upon the American grunt. One reason that Saving Private Ryan did not really work after the opening scenes is because Tom Hanks was miscast in his role as an infantry officer. He could not and did not give us any sense, other than a shaking hand, of what it is like to order good men to their deaths. The only relief from the burden of command in combat is one’s own death, but in dying what if your replacement is an even more flawed human specimen?

In other words, you have asked me, the Soldier, to go to places and do things for you there that you cannot do for yourself. I have been there and done things as ordered. I am forever changed and not always for the better.

Before spending nearly 30 years in the defense of the greatest nation on Earth’s history, I enjoyed the life of a carefree vagabond with nine lives to give. Now I battle 24/7/11 with tyrants. Tyranny is a beast that cannot be killed but only brought to heel.

Your dilemma is whether or not to accept me as I now am or pretend that you have nothing to do with what I have become. I did not start out this way. I know freedom is not free and that our nation is worth the sacrifice but at what human cost? There is no butcher’s bill too great, physically and/or psychologically, we are unwilling to allow our warriors to pay.

Finally, how do you make sure that America will remain worthy of my efforts to defend her? Will I be mocked in the end by my fellow citizens turning the greatest nation on Earth into something that was not worth fighting, killing, and dying for?


15 thoughts on “Preface: LtCol S.x MacTemplar -Shadow Warrior

  1. There is no love for veterans who speak truth to power.

    L1 and L2 beat me like a redheaded stepchild because they couldn’t understand my concept for Winning the Peace.
    America is too stupid to live.
    You can call it woke and I will call it what it is: Stupidity on steroids.

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  2. That Ukrainian foxtrotter is getting much love on Twitter.
    Woke/Stupid set are all up in arms because he didn’t get to retire with a full bird’s military pension from Tio Sam.
    Makes me want to move to Southeast Asia to date cute, submissive, young ladies.

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      1. There were men on both sites who couldn’t stand that, as a combat veteran, you had infinitely more knowledge and moral authority than they did.

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      2. In hindsight, what strikes me about both those sites was the lack of humility displayed by so many members. Really smart people take every opportunity to learn from others: that is what Robin did. He was usually the smartest guy in the room, but he never needed to be, and he as always eager to admit when he didn’t understand something, and eager to learn from those who knew more. He also felt no need to be seen as any kind of moral authority, so he wasn’t threated by people who had more moral authority than he did: he was respectful. Pretty much the total opposite of the folks on L1 an L2. They are nowhere near as smart as they think they are.

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      3. Yes. My father fought in WWII, every single one of my uncles served, several of my cousins have served-two of them fought in Afghanistan and/or Iraq-I have lived in military towns all my life, I have dated several veterans.Most of my friends’ fathers growing up also served. Perhaps because of this, you, Simon, never shocked me. I was never surprised by your women, lol. But apparently some conservatives have never known anyone who has served? Apparently, the only veterans they know are the ones they see on Fox News? They seem to have a Disneyland view of the military in which all the men who serve are choir boys who remain virgins, or almost virgins until they get married, and then never get divorced. When they meet a real live veteran, they become apoplectic.

        They are only capable of being grateful to veterans who agree with them about everything. The way they treat veterans they disagree with is so telling. They seem to think that they did you a favor by allowing you to defend them: thier attitude is so aborhent. If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I would not have beleived that people could be so awful.

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