News from Baghdad

A small spot to describe to a certain extent what it is like for the soldiers here in Iraq. I must remain anonymous as there may be some who would view this as an "official" posting, however, it is not. Just some personal views on the politics and public views in this war that has been to oftentimes tainted by the sensationalism of the media.

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I enjoy my job to the fullest, regardless of the political climate at any particular time. My family and my soldiers are the central focal point of my existence as well as my religious viewpoints.

Friday, October 22, 2004

22 October 2004 (Post 2)

This particular posting is in reply to a comment I received within minutes after posting today's blog. An anonymous reader had posted a comment calling me narrow minded. I must sincerely apologise to this reader for his seemingly accusational view towards my "ranting". As I have stated before this site is my views on my day to day life in Baghdad and what me and my soldiers do every day. I try to shed at least some light on what the media has to offer. He stated that in North Carolina there is not enough of the liberal news media (L N M as he termed it). His question was where was the L N M when he needs it? Hey there fella, turn on your television set. He stated that Bush's military service should have surfaced even before the 2000 elections. Well, in my views, military service seems to play a very little role in the decision making process of the American people when choosing a President, id est, our former President William Clinton, whose "stellar" manipulation of our country has been a thorn in many people's sides for many years. He seems disgusted with the perfomance of our current political leaders, and while I must agree that there are faults in today's current government, overall, I have seen nothing but good, in my views, on many issues that plague our country. Is the war in Iraq just? It is not for me to say. Does the war in Iraq need to cease tomorrow? NO! We cannot leave. We cannot go into a country, regardless of whether it was right or wrong, and then just leave when the going gets tough. He stated that for the media to gain my good graces it should change its tune and agree that all is well in Iraq. When have I ever said that? When have I ever stated that all is good and peaceful in Baghdad? Never. In any case, it is mostly the opposite. I try to shed some light on the things that ARE good. Not just the deaths, killings, maimings, kidnappings and general crime that is so rampant in that part of the world. He stated that the L N M shows very little of Iraq and what is going on. Don't know where you are looking but I seem to read it and watch it every single day, somewhere, whether it be the television, internet or newspapers. These postings have been, as I stated before, MY views and MY experiences. Nothing more, nothing less. Thank you for your insights, however, as any comment is welcome.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate that you take the time to do this blog. I read you, several other milblogs, and several Iraqis daily to stay informed.
To you and your family - we are thankful for your service over there. I believe it to be a critical mission and there is no doubt about the outcome.

regards
charles wilson
port isabel, tx

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for writing about your experiences. The news media only talks about the bad things that happen in Iraq, and seem to be scared to leave their hotels. Funny how during the initial invasion they were all excited to be embedded with military units, but now they just stand on their hotel balcony and read dispatches about this or that bombing. No coverage of American Soldiers working with Iraqis to set up local governments, schools without Saddam textbooks, etc.

Glad you got a chance to come home for a little while. Try and get some rest and not worry too much about your soldiers. You'll be back there soon enough. Thanks for your willingness to serve our great country.

Anthony

10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That guy must be from Mars or something. For instance J Kerry has never signed a form '108' I think the number is to release his Navy records and keeps stating all my records are posted on my website.. The navy says the form was not signed and there are still twenty docs unreleased. I use this as an example because if GWB had not signed this form the media mantra would be "why don't you sign the form!?"..over and over every day till election..Kerry gets a pass..I know this is off the subject of Iraq but it goes right to the heart of the media's bias. CBS airs a story on docs on Bush and the docs are apparently forgeries and they made an incredibly stupid statement basically saying..'Even if the docs are forged we beleive the heart of the story is true" Whaaa???

God bless you for your service, Jay, good site! stay safe!

signed

an AF vet

1:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jay,

get in touch with me

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3:49 PM  
Blogger Ric James said...

I find your posts to be very informative and far, far from rants. The "voice" you post in is generally rather calm and measured. Someone who says differently is looking for an excuse to rag on you.

And if your anonymous reader says he can't find liberal news media, then he's living in a cave somewhere and hasn't picked up a paper or watched a news broadcast in 20 years.

Keep 'em coming and my best to you and your team in Iraq.

10:35 PM  
Blogger adoptaplatoon_mom said...

Your blog is great. I check it every day, along with all my others, LOL! :) Thank you for all you do and for sharing your experiences with the rest of us.

~Kat in ATL
http://hope4you.blogspot.com/
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2:20 AM  
Blogger D said...

Speak it as you see it Jay.... Screw the liberals who don't like it. More of us back home should take your writings as an example, and live by it. My family and I enjoy your blog, mainly because you don't sugar coat, or step around issues. Keep up the good work. If you need (or want)anything, send me an email. I'll get you a package out with whatever...asap. God bless you for being devoted to your country and fellow Americans.
Diana

7:36 AM  
Blogger OSAPian said...

Jay,

Leftists can't win arguments with facts and logical reason so they attack those they disagree with as "narrow minded", "insensitve", "racist", "homophobe", etc.
Had the word existed, I'm sure the Pharasees would have criticized John the Baptist's sermons as rants.

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