March 9th, 2010
05:47 PM ET
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Chaise

    Oh I see someone already correct Mr. Boone's errors.

    My apologees for not reading all posts prior to commenting. He irritated me.

    April 25, 2010 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Chaise

    It's ANA and ANP, as in Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police. Kind of hard to try and make a point when you very obviously don't know what you're talking about. That aside, there is a small military tactic...it's called "presence", it helps to deter the use of force by the opposition, especially against civilian supporters of our troops in Afghanistan...so yes...sometimes...even in war it can be slow. Doesn't mean its money wasted.

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    March 10th, 2010
    8:33 am ET

    What? These troops are bored? The bored troops are costing the NATO tax payers Millions of Dollars and Euros not to mention the A&A and A&P that they also have to pay for being board!
    Posted by: Daniel Boone

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    April 25, 2010 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Proud Army Mom Dee

    If you're bored you're alive and they will live to fight another day.
    My son is serving in the 173 Infantry stationed in a remote area of Northern Afghanistan, so remote that they have no running water, haven't received mail or packages in more than 30 days. They are running out of baby wipes by now, try living like that for a year or more.
    We are Americans who stand behind all of our troops wherever they may be stationed and pray everyday for their safe return. Mr Boone try looking at the human side for a change. Michelle, glad you got to see your hubby.

    March 17, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gene

    Having served in SE Asia I can only commend our young men & women putting it all on the line, and for their families waiting it out at home worrying every day of their deployment. I agree with everyone who says if you haven't been there keep your yap shut. None of us can related to what these young heros are going through. Even my "war" was different than theirs, so to all that serve God Bless and look over you. Semper FI

    Gene

    March 17, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ferdinand

    Better bored then in a fight. I'd put my money on those men and women any day. Mr Boone, might I suggest that you at least join a reserve unit? Then I would welcome you comments on wasted time and money.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TXanimal

    I liked being bored when I was deployed. It meant that none of the convoys I was supporting were under attack. Being busy usually meant dealing with the aftermath of an IED. I for one appreciated those afternoons of stealing a nap and reading a magazine because I wasn't completely burned out and sleep-deprived the next time I had to manage a crisis!

    March 17, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joker

    Im a hard core cold war vet, searving all of my four years in the Armys 3/41ST I.D. locked and loaded base in Garlsedt West Germany, Hell On Wheels Divison under the command of Lt Col " Cold Steel " Powell, we all spent countless hours and days guarding our motor pools and on Red Alerts, the russians are coming, the russians are coming and all we had to keep busy was a Sony Walkman and few home town stories, with todays techno gear life on the front lines must be better then what we had, lucky for us, the only shots that were ever fired at us were at the local guest hiouse in form of Jack Daniels of course I supprt our troops, Carry – On.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • JTG

      I also served with "Cold Steel", worked for the man himself, 82-83.

      June 17, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Eric

    Anyone who has served knows the "fog of war" boredom being one of them. so untill you serve kept your comments to yourself about tax payer dollars being wasted! yes i served in iraq and afgan and YES you do get bored. you try taking your daily routine and freedom of leaving your house and doing as you please and trading it in to go to the sand box to be stuck on a base and when you do leave you have to watch your back cause you have a price tag over your head!
    Semper Fi Devil Dogs!

    March 17, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Casper

    If you have never served your country and put your life on line for our freedom, I suggest that you keep quite and support our troops. When I came back from nam, we were treated like s***. I stand behind our soldiers 100% and I suggest that you do the same.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joker

    Im bored to death: a day without blood is like a day without sunshine,now Daniel Boone thinks he's John Wayne! (FULL METAL JACKET)

    March 17, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. Pam Houston TX

    Boredom and Loneliness are two things that are hard to fight. Do whatever it takes to get you thru those long shifts. I hope ya'll know that you are thought of, prayed for and very
    much respected by all of us back in the USA. Don't forget that because we're not forgetting you and all that you are giving up being over there for us.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bhima

    Let u be ckear, we are over there jut o our Big Oil companie can survive. Only in America do kids join the nmilitary for college and money and get killed or maimed, government spends trillions jut so Big Oil can earn billions each quarter!

    I see no winners in these wars except the Big military contractors, Big Oil and career military personnel. If we are never going to win these wars, let us bomb these places and simply get out!

    March 17, 2010 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. Brian Lockhart

    I may not agree with this war, we should have sent our troops into Afghanistan in the first place instead of Iraq that was soley Bush acting upon his own agenda. If we would have went into Afghanistan in the first place we might have had an end to this in sight. Either way I feel this war is pointless and the Afghan's cannot be "beaten" for they will never give up. Whether or not I agree with this war doesn't matter what does matter is that I support our soldiers 100%. They aren't choosing to be over there and any backlash they receive is unwarranted for they are just doing their duty. As for Daniel Boone don't let anything he says bother you the guy can't even type. "board"? It is spelled bored and if you can't even get a 3rd grade word like that right you shouldn't be expressing your thoughts and feelings on an article like this for you are just wasting yourself and other peoples times.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scott

    I commend their commanders for allowing them the downtime they justly deserve. I served under some that believed in drilling or busy work to fill what should be unwind time. While this may seem to make the most of taxpayer money, we had the highest rates of injury due to fatigue and mental health issues during this time. It's bad for morale when one has to choose between eating, showering, or sleeping, during a one hour gap between dusting the XO's p-way and going back on watch. Congrats on having officers with enough brains to understand the importance of rested minds and bodies.

    March 16, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. is totally okay with this

    I'd rather they be bored than dead. They signed up for this, but they sure as hell didn't START a war, so with that in mind, let them be bored. They can't come back home if they're dead.

    March 15, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Al

    It's like being a pilot, fireman, policeman, etc. .... hours of boredom broken up by moments of sheer terror !

    For those who complain here try one of these moments of sheer terror and see how well you could cope and survive !

    March 15, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Mother of a soldier

    Michelle King: Thanks to you for your sacrifices and devotion. Stay strong!

    March 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  18. tjm308

    I'm retired Army. did 3 wars and a NATO peace keeping mission. Glad to see vast majority of you think D. Boone is an dolt. (yes ANA, ANP) FYI - I spent 2 yrs in AFG as a contractor. It is boring as a place to be and still be on the planet. Fully agree with the person who commented about BOOKs .. almost always had one OR two. Troops today appear to be more into battery consuming toys ... but if it entertains, it entertains.
    Stay low and keep your protective gear on. Best of luck to you!!

    March 15, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  19. Robert Hope

    RE: Retired Marine? Since when do Marines retire? Once a Marine...Allways a Marine...Don't you forget that son.

    March 15, 2010 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  20. Kathy

    At least when you have time to think about being bored, it means you are still alive. I wish our soldiers would receive more recognition. What folks wear to the Oscars gets more attention. Soldiers are fighting for our country in unbearable conditions, away from family and friends and most of the time they are barely mentioned, except to say what a brave young soldier he or she was when coming back home in a casket, and then that is only mentioned a couple of times. But when someone shows up at the Oscars in an outrageous outfit, or makes an off the wall comment, it is on the news for days. Go figure this one.

    March 15, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  21. Knopp

    I suggest that you experience life here in Afghanistan before you run your mouth about soldiers and marines 'wasting taxpayer money' by being bored. Not only are we getting shot at when we leave the wire, we also have rocket attacks at random on the base. Do you honestly think someone will still have a sound mind after dealing with constant carnage 24/7? Why don't you man up and enlist to experience what it's really like before you open your c*ck holster!

    March 14, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Amanda

    I am married to a Marine who is currently serving in Afghanistan. Mr. Boone, you have no right to ever make a negative comment about any branch of the military, unless you have been over there yourself and/or even served a day in the military! I doubt you could EVER do the job my husband does. Or any other service member for that matter! How many days a week do you work? I'd say the average is probably 5. They work 7 days a week (and FYI, they do not understand the meaning of sick days, if you're sick... You're working) How many hours do you work? I'd say average is between 8-10 a day. They work average 18-20 hours a day. Do you for the most part have a safe commute to and from work? I'd assume you do. They have to worry about, being shot, driving, or walking across IED's. That's not a "every so often thought", it's a "every second thought". I can assure you the service member's that are over there "bored" absolutely hate it. Majority of them count down the days, until they are able to leave and come home. If they are bored, it means the time drags by even slower! And their "boredom" isn't how we would define it. I would say it's more like antsy. They need something to keep their minds busy, most of them are young, and scared. So why not provide something to them to help them keep their minds off of the very high possibilty of something happening at any given point. I am more than willing to have my tax dollars spent helping support them! They do the job so that other's don't have too.

    March 14, 2010 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  23. SGT

    As a Soldier currently deployed in the Brigade that recently lost three Soldiers I was very angry at some of the ignorance of a couple of the posts, however I would like to thank everyone else for your support. We are already pushed pretty hard, 12-15 hour work days get pretty old after a while and any down time we can get is much appreciated. Just remember, we do this so you do not have to (unless you want a draft)

    March 14, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  24. halfmom

    I think that each and every soldier is brave. Just imagine HOW HARD they work. My son is 20 and just got injured and I guarantee that wasn't downtime. He was injured in the lastest suicide bombs. When you have someone you love over there, you just hope you can see or hold them again. They miss their families too. My son is headed out to Germany for his injuries and then to the U.S.A. But he has spine injuries so we don't know how badly he got hurt. While he was hanging around bored waiting for the suicide bombers. Have compassion this could be your son or daughter or just someone you love. We support our troops and just pray because no one can predict what will happen tomorrow. Brave men and women!

    March 13, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Robert

    Days and days of sheer boredom interrupted by moments of sheer terror. If you have been there, this article has no merit, if you have not been there, don't assume to judge.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  26. joani

    I hope that they are getting good books to read, the kind of books that serve a purpose. These guys and (some ladies) really need to be in a good mind set. I myself don't know If I could sit around or doing security.Although I dont understand the dynamics of this whole war thing, I just hope they tell them all to come home soon.
    They could certainly use drawing materials and write down their thoughts to let us know what its really all about. Even do thier own illustrations of some of the contacts they make who knows,what may become of it.
    Lots of people are praying for all.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Mary B.

    My son is in the Bravo Co.! Unfortunately he wasn't in the video! Way to go Michelle; you got to see your husband! The real heroes of our country are not the ones that make million dollar contracts and then eventually fall from grace because of their immoral antics. The real heroes wear khaki (and blue) and serve their country, in the worst conditions, every day after day. We are safe and cozy in our homes while they are washing up with baby wipes and eating MREs. My son thinks Chef Boy Ar Dee is gourmet food while he's deployed. Ooh rah! Mary, proud Mom of Doc.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  28. FactChecker

    Those aren't APCs they're MRAPs.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Elizabeth

    thank you, Mrs. King. and of course, your husband too. Have said all along that Mr. Wedeman's journalism is not my favorite, by far. His comments in other articles about the Marines were inappropriate and subtly demeaning. Every day here stateside I see "gangsta's" with false bravado. Our Marines have the real bravado minus the attitude. Perhaps Mr. W should be reporting from the US instead. Send someone over to AfPak who cares about troops, instead of just there to make a buck.
    Well read, well informed, living in reality...Mother of a US Marine. Thankful and appreciative of journalists who have brought us photos of our loved ones for years now...minus the sarcasm.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Langley

    Daniel Boone didnt say anything negative about the troops, your attacks are uncalled for.
    Downtime is good. Fighting boredom is required. However, in this case instead of giving them downtime its time to send the troops home. We've outstayed our welcome. Mission accomplished long ago, its time to leave.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Ian

    Daniel Boone – 1) These guys deserve a little down time. They are getting shot at on a daily basis and deal with IEDs regularly. 2) The military guys over there need a break from walking around in 50+ lbs. of gear every time they go outside the wire. Physically, that takes a toll on your body. 3) It's not A&A and A&P. If you plan to comment on something, it's wise to know a little bit about the subject. It's ANA (Afghan National Army) and ANP (Afghan National Police). Maybe you can listen to another pundit so you can get some more factually incorrect info.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Patsy

    Try living in that dust for 30 days without getting back to the base.I don't mind my tax dollars taking care of these heros! At least I know where that tax money is going. Giving them a paycheck. Smaller than it should be that I can assure you! I am proud they might be bored. Better bored and alive. These young men are all of our family. They deserve a break.I am with the rest of you. Get the rank RIGHT!!

    March 12, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  33. sammy

    be glad they are bored, because that means they are not in combat.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  34. crghss

    Hey Daniel Boone, I'm sure they'd rather be bored in Hawaii or California. And the USA taxpayer is footing the bill. Forget that Euro crap for these guys.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  35. lit2001

    @ D. Boone
    If you think NATO taxpayers are not getting their Euro’s worth because US Marines are standing down, then you must be horrified at the waste of the NATO budget by having European troops there at all. Continental European troops cannot fight, they are not even worth the grease pen I use to mark their positions on my map.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  36. flythemig29

    I was in an area of Iraq where we were never bored, just terrified all the time. I would trade that for bored any day of the week.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Devis Sri lanka

    These young service men deserve all the blessings of God and respect of every other .

    March 11, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Michelle King

    Clearly Staff Sgt Matthew King... that is my husband. So proud of him.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Doc

    Miister Boone needs to keep his mouth shut. He clearly has no clue that troops require downtime/ are subjected to boredom while in a war zone. It happens there's an old saying "ilde hands are tools of the devil," and in the military's case it's true, Marines and soldiers find ways and often times dangerous ways to keep themselves entertained when they have nothing to do. Accidents happen and they will happen when people get bored, So why not spend some extra tax dollars to help troops have something to do. If Mr. Boone had a clue what war is like he would understand that war is 95% boredom and 5% excitement/terror. War ins't this constant never ending fire fight like it is depicted in movies and the media, this is especially true of troops battling an insurgency.

    March 11, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Retired Marine.

    Rank is important to Marines. Attention to detail is a must in your field. As for being bored, GOOD FOR THEM. They deserve the break. They just finished a hell of a batlle. Also, If you have never been in the military, or in combat you have not EARNED the RIGHT to say ANYTHING.

    March 11, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Major T

    These Soldiers are the tip of spear. Sometimes it can get lonely at the front. They are young and eager to get into the fight. I have been there twice and once you've tasted battle you will not be looking for it in the future...

    March 11, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Stretch

    To anyone wanting to trash and complain about our troops overseas, not matter where they are located, go take your measley little self over there and stand in their shoes for a day. i guarantee that you will be running back home to your mama with big tear drops coming off your puffy little cheeks.

    Real heroes were the uniform of the Armed Forces...

    March 11, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  43. James

    I agree with Snowyman28. As one who's also taken a trip downrange, troops need ways to de-stress before they hit those patrols again. I would recommend that Daniel Boone revisit his comments after a 7 to 12 month deployment.

    March 11, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  44. MOMMAi

    I can see them being bored. all you see is sand,sand,sand and sometimes it is blowing! I have an adopted "son" in the army and he just "loves" his beachfront property. (NOT!) I don't think any of us would want to live like this so al I can say is Support! Support! Support! and be glad our boys are willing to do this for us and don't make assumptions unless yu have lived it.

    March 11, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  45. mike2

    They are bored because they are usually in a state of 100% readiness. Then when they do have a bit of downtime, they don't know how to relax that well. Thank goodness they are bored and not slugging it out in a battle somewhere at the moment.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  46. Fred

    I am just wondering how much experience Mr. Daniel Boone has considering as it is ANA and ANP. A&P is a grocery store.

    March 11, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  47. Mike Snifferpippits

    I am there and as a leader of soldiers I can tell you that boredom in a combat zone is more dangerous than the enemy. Its best to stay busy on something everyday, then before you go home relax and unwind a bit. Is there money being wasted over here? Yes, try the $2.18 bottles of water I brush my teeth with daily cause there isn't any potable water.

    March 11, 2010 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  48. Gill Avila

    I never go anywhere without a book. What they need are books, I-Pods, portable DVD players w/ dvd's, graphic novels, collections of short stories, gum, candy, National Geographic magazines, battery-powered fans-anything that will feed their heads.

    March 10, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  49. roomnumber

    If I had to be at my job 24hrs a day, 7 days a week for 6 months with the same people eating in the same messhall for every meal, day in day out, I would also get bored.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Tammy

    I hope they rotate the patrols periodically. If they get bored they might be off their game if attacked.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Bev

    Who cares if they are bored? As long as they stay alive, that is what I care about. The 187th airborne just lost a 21 year old. Where is the reporting on that. Srange, when the previous administration was in office, you were reporting on fatalities nonstop, now you barely hear a word. Things are still very ugly over there and our young boys are still dying though you fail to report about it. Instead we hear about our useless Congress, and their scandals. WAKE UP CNN.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  52. andrea

    yep, good ol' Dan'l boone has no clue about how being in the military is boredom interrupted by terror. These guys and gals need all the distraction they can get from the hell that they are in. No wonder my husband played a lot of role-playing games while he was in the US Army as a combat engineer/sapper.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Roseanne

    Dirt... dirt... and more dirt. Maybe even a lick of grass would be thrown in the mix. I would be bored to. There has to be lapse in the days, nights, where there's nothing but crickets or whatever.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Snowyman28

    I've been there, these guys deserve their downtime probably more than anyone else over there. Let them relax, it keeps them from burning out and becoming a bigger problem for themselves than the Taliban are. Rested troops are far more effective than battle stressed and burnt out. Daniel Boone needs to relax a little himself and look at the realities of a Marine in combat before opening his mouth to complain about wasted money.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Mike

    Cmon guys, you can clearly see the Marine being interviewed is a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps not a Master Sergeant. These guys take pride in their rank as well as the job they do so please take a little more time when reporting to get the seemingly unimportant things right.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  56. Daniel Boone

    What? These troops are bored? The bored troops are costing the NATO tax payers Millions of Dollars and Euros not to mention the A&A and A&P that they also have to pay for being board!

    March 10, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  57. Marine

    He is a Staff Sergeant not a master sergeant! Are you paying attention to what you are involved in? Probably not.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |