29 January 2005
I would like everyone to know that I am fine. I have received a couple of disturbing comments on this site, which, whoever you are, I care not one wit. My life is threatened every day I wake up, so this in no wise bothers me. I have been personally targeted on more than one occasion, and came through just fine. You must realize that death is not one of the things that I am afraid of. If God tells me it is time to go, well, then there is absolutely nothing that I can do about it, so why worry? I would have you know, that I am fully capable of handling myself and I have 17 other soldiers at any given time willing to watch my back. In any case, if you are trying to frighten or disuade me in my opinions, go find another person to pick on. Makes no never mind to me.
I have been disheartened this month by the violent killings of innocent people. It has come to the point where now we nearly see more injured and killed local nationals, who are targeted by their own countrymen, than we do soldiers, both American and Iraqi alike. I have a lot of respect for most of the Iraqi soldiers, for they leave their posts, go home, with the very real possibility of never returning to their unit, through no fault of their own. The local national people, however, have no idea when or where it will come. This in itself is an evil which must be wiped from the face of the planet.
Success, however, reigned a few nights ago. I will not go into detail, however, suffice it to say that my men made me proud. Through their observations, we were able to catch and detain a bomber, and found a lot of things that we were able to take off the streets. Those close to me and who know who I am know what I am speaking of. I will not go into it all for security reasons. Yes, the newspapers and CNN reported the unit, however, I shall still remain silent on this point, as there is no use in giving away more than is needed.
Elections are upon us and time is short, so I must close for now. I spent the last 12 hours out and will do it all again tomorrow. God bless each and every one of you and thank you for your support. Even the "trolls" who may wish evil upon me, well, at least you read what I had to say. Oh, and one more thing. Just for you all to know, I do not know who is harassing my wife, but you are wasting your time. I will be HOME in a few short weeks and HOME is where I will stay.
Good night, and again, God bless.