Nothing To talk About.

For once I

actually find myself

with nothing

to talk about,

and so I will talk

about nothing.

I spent most of the day

doing nothing but

lying in a hammock

watching the leaves

of green above me flutter

on the quaking Asps

that suspended me

just about two feet

from the earth.

I found myself

wishing for nothing

and praying in a

non-secular way

to someday soon

live in a world

that has nothing

to do with war.

So many young

men and women

reduced to nothing,

young souls who meant

something to so many.

Then I wondered if

old George Bush

was doing nothing today.

The former Commander-in-Grief

who sent them into Iraq

to die for nothing more

than a foothold

in the Middle East

to guard our oil interests.

Was he doing

nothing more today

then chopping wood

or was his mind splitting all

the would have beens

that could have prevented

so many deaths.

I wish for him nothing

more than guilt

for that rush to a war

over weapons of

mass destruction

that turned out

to be nothing.

That could have

been handled

in a much more

proficient way.

Saddam Hussien begged for

diplomacy the night

before the invasion.

How many lives would

that act have saved.

How many kids

were doing nothing

with their Mom's

and Dad's today.

Nothing more then

sticking flags and flowers

over a mound of dirt

not much older then they are.

How many parents sat gazing

with love into the

eyes of a loved one

who stared back at nothing

because all that once was

no longer registers.

How many boys are

sitting in V.A. wards

thinking about

nothing at all

because they

had insufficient armor

on their Humvees

or body to protect

a brain that used

to think about

having something else

to do when they got home.

I'm sure George Bush always

had the proper equipment

when he attacked a load

of wood at the ranch,

gloves thick enough to

protect from callouses,

eye wear to protect his sight,

perhaps some steel-toed shoes

in case the axe slipped.

But our boys went for years

into battles without proper armor,

with almost nothing to

protect them from I.E.D.'s

and got nothing in return

except flag draped coffins

and maimed brains.

Remember what Rumsfield said about

having the proper armor....

"A lot of us are getting ready to

move north relatively soon," said Wilson,

an airplane mechanic with the Tennessee Army National Guard,

according to a transcript of the meeting released by the Pentagon.

"Our vehicles are not armored. We're digging pieces of rusted scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass that's already been shot up . . .

picking the best out of this scrap to put on our vehicles

to take into combat. We do not have proper . . . vehicles to carry with us north."

Rumsfeld replied: "As you know, you go to war with the Army you have. They're not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time."

He added: "If you think about it, you can have all the armor

in the world on a tank and a tank can be blown up."

Another soldier, from a logistical support unit based at Fort Bragg, N.C., complained that she was being kept in the Army against her wishes by a Pentagon "stop-loss" order.

"It is something you prefer not to have to use, obviously, in a perfect world," Rumsfeld responded. "It's been used as little as possible." ????? *(Three four and five terms of duty in a war zone???)

When a third soldier, from the Idaho Army National Guard, complained that Guard units were being issued "antiquated" equipment inferior to that given to regular Army units,

Rumsfeld said that the Army is trying to be equitable but that somebody has to get the older gear.

The one question that seemed to give Rumsfeld pause came from a lieutenant colonel who said that many of the soldiers in his unit are having trouble receiving all the pay due them, causing problems for their families back home who are being pestered by collection agencies.

credit to: Thomas E. Ricks

Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 9, 2004; Page A01

MSNBC.com reported earlier this year

that the Army was aware that Humvees

were under-protected as far back as 1993

but was still officially advising soldiers as

recently as March to put sandbags on the

floorboards to deaden the impact of mine explosions.

Rumsfeld promised that steps were also

being taken to deal with explosive devices,

a leading cause of death in Iraq,

where more than 1,000 U.S. soldiers

have been killed in action.

4 years later

Thousands of Army

Humvees Lack Armor Upgrade

Credit to : Ann Scott Tyson

Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 12, 2007

Body Armor Shortage

Wednesday, 03/09/05 12am

credit to : B. Seaman- Norwich, VT

We've heard stories from our G.I.s about a shortage of flak jackets. They said that many troops were issued either leftover Vietnam equipment instead of the latest and more effective ceramic plate jackets - or they were not issued any vests at all. We even heard the stories about how some parents, in desperation, bought the latest jackets at military supply stores and shipped them to their sons and daughters in Iraq or Afghanistan.

The number of G.I.s who died because of the lack of adequate body armor cannot be counted. But the question raised by this sad story is, where did all the knowledge go that was accumulated by the Army War College and Pentagon terrorism experts after years of studying terrorism techniques in Israel and other beleaguered countries? Surely the basic lesson of Terrorism 101 was that the Arab suicide bomber would strike where least expected, and our troops were prime targets wherever they were - not just on mythical front lines.

And what about Afghanistan

are we still sending them

in there Ill-equipped,

as we did for so long before.

3 years after the war started????

U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan to get new side armor / Pentagon study found lack of plates cost many lives

January 12, 2006|By Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post

(01-12) 04:00 PST Washington —

The Army announced Wednesday that it would soon start producing 230,000 sets of side armor plates and field them over the year to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan after a recently disclosed Pentagon study indicated such plates could have helped prevent scores of troop deaths since 2003.

The Marine Corps has delivered 9,000 sets of the plates to Iraq, a number that will rise to about 30,000 by April, officials said Wednesday. Each set of plates, together with a carrier and soft armor, costs about $450 and weighs about 7 pounds, the officials said.

Army and Marine generals in charge of developing and buying equipment defended the speed with which they were getting the new side armor to troops after a closed-door briefing Wednesday on the matter on Capitol Hill. The generals briefed the Senate Armed Services Committee after lawmakers voiced concern over a classified Pentagon forensic study disclosed last week that for the first time linked gaps in upper torso protection to troop fatalities.

Our troops should

lack for nothing

when they go to fight for us

or they shouldn't be there

until they have

everything they need.

We need to remember

that on this Memorial day,

instead of harassing

illegal immigrants

and throwing pious

tea parties over

health care,

and it's costs.

We should as a nation

be looking into

the current health care

of the troops we keep

sending to die.

Anything else is

much ado about nothing.

How many legs and

arms and genitals

plus so many other

various body parts

were sacrificed by

lack of attention to

such an important

pre-war detail such as this.

How many sections of

brain cells were destroyed

because the supply and demand

for armor was not met.

Thousands were maimed,

and many more

were "named" today

in every small town

and big city

across America.

The roll calls of

the dead were read,

and the names of those who

gave up far more then most

were also honored.

But when it all was over

we were still left

with nothing more

then what was and what will

never, ever be the same again.

There will be many who

will not like this poem

calling it water over the dam

when it is simply

tears over the damned.

They will say I am nothing

more then a fanatic,

but we have fought

wars over nothing before.

We have taken

hills for nothing.

We have men who

are still missing

from all of those wars

with nothing left

to show for them.

They are buried in

some dank jungle

or some sandy, sea bottom

with nothing to mark

their final resting places.

Many were ill equipped

with guns that jammed,

or kill quotas that limited,

Many more were exposed

to deadly toxins: Agent Orange

that reduced jungles and

our troops lives to nothing.

how many thousands

in Korea and Vietnam were

chasing the ghosts of communism

only to become ghost themselves.

We have tried and

failed many times

to make dictatorships

democratic

and they are

still dictatorships.

We raise walls to them

and monuments

that list their names

on black marble

and richly veined granite

long after they have gone on

into the nothingness.

That is why today I

am content with nothing,

and quite disturbed

by our priorities.

We continue to fail to learn

from history, and then

become hysterical

when it repeats itself endlessly

in twenty-one gun salutes.

I have stood and fired

such volleys many times,

I cannot shake the

echoes of those blanks

bullets filled with nothing more

than a tribute to those

who have nothing

left but tributes.

Bring our boys home...

we can do nothing more in Iraq

except to keep dying.

They are Theocratic and nothing

automatic nor semi-automatic

will ever change that.

Let's finish up

in Afghanistan

by cleaning up what

hides in Pakistan.

Let Pakistani troops

surround one side

of where the Al-Quida hides,

and let us surround the other...

letting no food, water

or any supplies

get in or out.

Let those bastards starve

in their hidey holes,

and die of thirst

with nothing to sustain them.

Or better yet,

let us be merciful

by simply air dropping

only pork and pork juice,

and force them to chose between

thier God or their survival.

They are getting

supplies from somewhere.

it is time to cut

that source out.

We must be

far more barbaric

to beat barbarians.

It is long past time.

Perhaps a

religious Hiroshima

just might work.

One cannot be a martyr

and get seventy two virgins

upon their death

if they have been

tainted by pork.

But one cannot

survive without food.

Let the insurgents decide

six months from now

when they all look

like Holocaust survivors

whether they want to

drink pork tainted water

and eat forbidden meat

or die in the desert.

They mean nothing to me

until they all are nothing....

then I will spit on their graves.

Happy Memorial day,

And I hope none of you

ever have to face

the nothingness of

a dead family memeber

that this day recognizes.

Peace to you and yours....

and Godspeed to our trooops

coming home real soon.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~MFB III

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epigramman 6 years ago

this just might be the WAR AND PEACE of poetry - and YOU having nothing to talk about is like the greatest day ever in other people's lives.

I would like to see when you're REALLY wound up - that might be better than the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky!!


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States Author

lol...guess nothing really is someting after all, who would have thunk it. Thanks for the comment~~~MFB III


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Joy56 6 years ago

you started off with nothing, and ended up with a lot. You can even make beautiful words, with nothing..... I will always be inspired by your work, thankyou


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Tony the writer 6 years ago from Birmingham, England

Many a true word spoken in verse.


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always exploring 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

Your true words echo in my heart

you told a true story

you listed all the sad happenings

you tore it all apart

some here on these pages

would rather you didn,t mention a name,

but you pulled no punches,to you it,s called murder

the words " let,s roll" to him seemed like a game

while he stood on that mighty ship,

and declared "victory"bring it on"

many were still dying

all we could do was mourn

I was so in hopes that President Obama would

do what he promised and bring all the troops home,

but it seems everything he tries to do

he,s left to do it alone

I think it,s time , we the people, stand up

and declare

"stop sending our boys and girls

to die over there"


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ambikac09 6 years ago from UK

So true,extremely unbelievable and frustratingly sad to see the young who were to make many more significant contributions to this world disappear without being given a chance just because someone thinks they are giving more to the world, which they are not. Hope this world is not heading for worse.Hope is hanging by a real thin thread though.


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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

MFB; your nothing became Something! Thank you so, we need to make millions of flyers of this and drop it by planes on this nation for all to read.

all that money spent on war when at home people have no medical, some no food, so many homeless, many of which are those who fought in wars past. god, i can list so much that needs to be done at home. Pull our troop out, bring them al home, fix what we have that is broke, let the others fix themselves. This government has no business going to help someone else when their own people need so much, then on top of all that need, our soldiers are being killed out there! Pull them all out and bring them ALL home! ~aloha~


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

Great hub MFB and I cant believe that there will ever be a time that you will have nothing to say...you said it beautifully here. So many people go about their business everyday not even thinking about the war that is still raging because if they don't have someone there personally it seems to be forgotten. People like yourself shall make people realize and remember that there is still a war and our men and women are still dying. Cheers to you. God Bless our Troops.


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~Kimberly Kay~ 6 years ago

wow...i couldn't finish your hub. i am sorry, but we didn't go out there for oil.


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States Author

Ah, Kimberly Kay, you missed my point, it wasn't about why we went over there, it was about how we went over there, completely unprepared and with no exit strategy. As a result many many more young men and women died in a rush to make war, in the rush to to distract America from the fact that we were not catching bin laden, and that was a dead end, and still is. Sorry if some truths are painful, but oil is one of our governments biggest priorities. ~~~MFB III


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~Kimberly Kay~ 6 years ago

okay i came back, read everything you had to say, and although we differ in political views in some areas i do see the point that you make about the armour. it is sad that people die due to our country's lack of support in that area. and i do think that we are over there trying to get rid of terrorist, as well as free a country from a dictatorship. but i don't know. enlighten me more...what should i reserch? 'cauase honestly, i don't know where people get this stuff...and another point...how pissed would you be if you were sitting on a cloud watching your buddies pulling out after you died for a cause and see nothing is accomplished in the end?


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~Kimberly Kay~ 6 years ago

by the way i don't mean this in a snappy disrespectful way, i am just expressing my opinion...and siting here rather happily and laid back just so you know. LOL! i just come off stronger than i mean to at times...i went back and read my comment and sound like i'm all wound up...but i'm really not...just giving my point of view...;)


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States Author

The boys would all be shouting "Hoorah" from the heavens if their brothers-in-arms were going home at last. Most if not all soldiers aren't fighting for a governments rhetoric they are simply fighting and dying to save and perserve their brother-in-arms. They are trained professionals who take orders and do the job, they don't get involved in the politics, they are not allowed to. They are under orders not to criticize thier commander-in-chief, or some of the stupid missions that they are sent on, but they will willingly devastate anyone who tries to hurt the troops. Most of them know just by observing what goes on daily, that Iraq and Afghanistan will never be democratic. They might do some token voting, but the fanatics and insurgents will rememdy that soon enough. And they know that when we leave it will fall back into a theocratic society as it has before with the French, the British the Russians and all the other forces that tried to change the barbarians. So they simply fight to stay alive and to keep their brothers-in-arms alive. that is the true goal. Sad but true, but they do helo the women and children over there in any way they can, because they are trained to be kind to civilians even if some of the civilians are killing them daily. Go figure.

Thanks for coming back, I am not speaking from a political platform here but as an ex-Marine and veteran who is sick of seeing boys die again for years in a lost cause when it is all said and done. that's all...Been there done that hated it. Peace to you and yours Kim, now and always.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Yo MFB- just put me down for an AMEN! My folks have been defending our country for a century now.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

We continue to fail to learn

from history, and then

become hysterical

when it repeats itself endlessly

in twenty-one gun salutes.

I have stood and fired

such volleys many times,

I cannot shake the

echoes of those blanks

bullets filled with nothing more

than a tribute to those

who have nothing

left but tributes.

I go and sit at the grave of one of these men sometimes and ask him why our daughter can not see the hatred she carries and shares will only cripple her and those around her and he says something very similar to me that you have said with these words. Maybe age will tune down her rage if she doesn't self destruct first.

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