Marine Corps Veteran Kirstie Ennis thinks that the sacrifice of blood, treasure, life, and limb that she and her fellow soldiers experienced over the last 20 years in the Middle East and Asia was worth it.
No one should disagree with her assessment of her commitment to this country or the reasons why she served in the armed forces. Because of the U.S. military, it is true that we altered the landscape and hiding places of terrorism across the world and exacted a steep price from our enemies. We respect the members of the U.S. military.
Ennis enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps when she was 17 years old in Pensacola, Florida. That means that her parents signed off on her decision. She served six years and went to Afghanistan.
Injuries from a plane accident in 2014 to her head and face, shoulder, wounds to her cervical and lumbar, as well as significant damage to the left side of her leg, meant she was medically discharged. After 40 medical procedures and the amputation of her left leg beneath her knee, she formed an athletic nonprofit to support veterans in similar situations. Ennis climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2017. She provided her perspective on the Biden administration’s actions.
President Joe Biden executed the most ham-fisted withdrawal of United States armed forces from Afghanistan possible. But this does not mean that we should have remained indefinitely in the country or our nation’s sacrifice was in vain. It does mean that we should expect more from our civilian leaders put in charge of life or death decisions and the military brass, the Pentagon decision-makers, the National Security team, and Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Ennis reflected on what is happening in Afghanistan. She noted how painful it was to watch this scornful, harsh, and sad treatment of our citizens and allies in her Instagram post. She was heartbroken for the loss of American lives. Because of President Joe Biden’s failure, administration officials have cleared out of Afghanistan, leaving behind more than the “around 100 people” that Ron Klain has claimed to remain.
More than 170 individuals were killed in the terrorist attack on the Kabul Airport, including 13 U.S. Servicemen. She was “devastated” by the “unacceptable” loss. It could have been her death and her parents receiving her casket.
She expressed the fact that as a grunt, she could not control what happened. She did not choose to leave residents and partners in a crumbling Afghanistan, now succumbing to the Taliban. She believes that Afghan refugees and their families need our support, but our citizens left in the destabilized country need to escape first. We support the people who served. Ennis and others must be straightforward with themselves and their mixed feelings about time spent in the military, given this horrible and tragic turn of events under the anti-President Joe Biden.
Her experience and that of others over the last 20 years were positive, life forms, and significant during hardship. According to her comments, many American and Afghan individuals she worked with were great people. It should not be denied.
Using social media, soldiers, airmen, and Marines provide the U.S. population with a snapshot of their feelings and experiences. But speaking up on legislative issues can create problems for the chain of command rather than filling our hearts with joy. We need to allow people to share their genuine and heartfelt views. At the same time, we need men and women to make the hard choices regarding our failed leadership in the White House, or we will continue to suffer defeats when victory is the only option.