Lt Col. Lance Kohler
Commander, Rear Detachment
2nd Brigade Combat Team
4th Infantry Division
Dear Lt. Col. Kohler,
Combat duty changes a man. Many come home to serve their communities with a greater appreciation for life, family, and duty. A few return consumed by anger and parley their passion for sadism into a command position in a brigade combat team. Others take the wussy way out by choosing to be stricken by post-traumatic stress disorder and attempting suicide.
Pvt. Adam Lieberman, a man unworthy to pick the fungus from your necklace of human ears, joined the latter group when he downed a bottle of pills in an attempt to take his own life.
As his commander, it was your duty to respond to Lieberman's desperate cry for help, and you did so in a way that must have put a smile on Gen. Patton's face as he looked up at you from his quarters in the afterlife.
A weaker, more compassionate commander would have provided psychological counseling to Pvt. Lieberman and placed him in a PTSD treatment program, but you chose another course. Angry that he'd defaced government property by painting his suicide note on a barracks wall, you ordered his mother to do the same to her home, threatening her with a court martial for her son if she failed to acquiesce to your will. Then, after she did as you instructed, you charged him anyway.
That response was as near perfect a demonstration of sheer ruthlessness and absolute sadism as I can imagine. It lacks only a hard kick to the groin to achieve total perfection, but perhaps you aren't finished yet.
Gen. JC Christian, patriot