Colby Buzzell's Recall
Veteran and author, Colby Buzzell, wrote a piece for Esquire magazine about his involuntary recall from the Individual Ready Reserve. As always Mr. Buzzell's writing is candid, biting, and offers a keyhole peak into the dark thoughts of being unexpectedly sent back to combat.
Slowly, one by one, I started telling my friends about how I was being called back up to go to Iraq, and their reactions were all the same, yet all different. Some got angry, some cried, some wondered, "Wow, they can do that?" The best was the reaction I received from my one Republican friend, who asked me if it was possible for him to come with me to Iraq. He never enlisted in the military and wanted to hurry and sign up so that he and I could go there together, which instantly reminded me of how not long ago, George Bush was telling a group of soldiers about how much he envies them, talking about how "exciting" and "romantic" war must be. I guess Vietnam wasn't "exciting" or "romantic" enough for the president, and that's why he blew it off. But Iraq was much different.
And like Bush, my Republican friend was all atwitter about the prospect of seeing combat in Iraq, and he sounded really enthusiastic about this idea of his, and as desperate as the Army is for bodies, it wouldn't amaze me at all if he could possibly do it, but I told him no, that he couldn't, and when he asked if I was sure about that, I lost it and said, "Jason, I'm going back to Iraq because you didn't!"
OYE Comment: It's pathetic to know that able bodied cowards like Jason Mattera, Matthew Continetti, and a overwhelming majority of Young Republicans' biggest fear is bad sushi when men like Mr. Buzzell have the true concern of facing bullets for a second time. Can we be honest here by acknowledging that if enough men were enlisting, Colby Buzzell would have never received a letter telling him "to report to Fort Benning, Georgia".
Note: Colby was eventually judged to be "NOT DEPLOYABLE" and told "Don't worry, you can go home now."