American troops in Afghanistan losing heart, say army chaplains - Times Online They feel they are risking their lives for progress thats hard to discern, said Captain Sam Rico, of the Divisions 4-25 Field Artillery Battalion. They are tired, strained, confused and just want to get through. The chaplains said that they were speaking out because the men could not. snip Were lost thats how I feel. Im not exactly sure why were here, said Specialist Raquime Mercer, 20, whose closest friend was shot dead by a renegade Afghan policeman last Friday. I need a clear-cut purpose if Im going to get hurt out here or if Im going to die. Sergeant Christopher Hughes, 37, from Detroit, has lost six colleagues and survived two roadside bombs. Asked if the mission was worthwhile, he replied: If I knew exactly what the mission was, probably so, but I dont. The only soldiers who thought it was going well work in an office, not on the ground. In his opinion the whole country is going to s***.