Re: Are things in Iraq going well?
I just got back from my third tour there. It sucks, and thats the sugar coated answer. There are so many different angles that need to be looked at. One of my favorites is the fact that 250 years ago, this country fought for its independence and paid for it in blood. We gave it to them on a silver platter, saying "Here ya go, fresh plate of democracy for ya." My Dad always taught me that you appreciate something more when you earn it. They haven't. But on the other hand could they? I've seen things over there that civilized people shouldn't see. Kids running around barefoot, filthy, wearing the same clothes they were in the month before. It hurts your heart. I don't fight over there for my future, I fight for my kids future. I don't want them even knowing what terrorism is when they get older, except for what they read in books. As for the loss of life over there, I hate to say it like this, but every person that puts on a uniform knows the risks involved. We do it for a myriad of reasons, but the bottom line is that we have a hazardous profession. I have lost friends over in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it hurts. Hurts a lot. But if you want to get into a numbers game, keeping in mind how long we have been at war (and we're still at war, I don't care what Mr. President says. Low intensity conflict my a$$), we have sustained the least amount of casualties compared to any other war. Its what we do. Do I like Iraq? Absolutely not. Do I want to be there? No way. I do it because its my job to do it. Just wanted to chime in my $0.02