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.

Name:
Location: Home, United States

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.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

August 28, 2005

Well, it has been a while since I posted, several months actually, so I figured that I would update you on some pertinent things since I wrote.

As you know, I am home now, and I have left the lovely state of Texas and am now currently stationed in Kentucky training soldiers. I am trying to pass on lessons learned during my tenure in Iraq to the best of my ability. Maybe it will save someone.

I am saddened by the news these days. I am upset that people are disgracing my fallen comrades, America's soldiers, at their funerals. I read recently where there was a church group yelling obscenities at soldier's funerals and at their family members saying that God was punishing this country for harboring homosexuals and that is why their sons died. I care not one wit for the opinions of a so called "church" whose members resort to the tactic of berating the grieving family of a fallen soldier who gave his life for those he loved. I see articles in the news and other blog postings remeniscent of the "documentary" (more like travesty) Fahrenheit 9-11. I see where soldiers, soldier's families, friends etc. flame the government of this country and in turn disgracing the memories of their loved ones. Do I see a grieving mother at the ranch in Crawford, Texas? No, I see a disgruntled American citizen who is ravishing in the throes of public attention to publicly grieve for her lost son. I see not a mother who cares for her son or for his comrades in arms. I see a woman who is hell bent on rending this country apart because she lost her son. I would to God that if my mother was in her place, that she would thank God above that her son was now safe with Him. As much as it pains me to see a soldier die, or get injured, it IS our profession. It IS what WE signed on to do. No one made us do this. No one drafted us. We volounteered.

I read another article earlier on about a Sergeant, a Non-Commissioned Officer no less complaining about having no time off, his truck was broken, etc. Well listen here SERGEANT, fix your vehicle, continue your mission the best you can. You are in a war zone. The enemy doesn't take time off...why should we? We are soldiers; hardship is our middle name and a soldier, especially a leader, must make the sacrifice of "time off" to ensure his mission is completed and his men are safe.

I am disheartned by these facts, these soldiers and soldiers families disgracing everything they and their sons and daughters do. There are better ways to remember them. Memorials. Take an ad out in a newspaper. Something other than rend our country apart.

I remember coming home after being deployed and everywhere I turned, someone said thank you. Now, not even 5 months later, it seems every soldier is looked upon with disdain. We answered our country's call. Right or wrong, we answered the call.

I have one question to pose to the reader. Has there been another 9-11 here on American shores since the OEF and OIF campaigns? Think about it. Think about it long and hard. And also remember this...if we, THIS generation were not called to do this NOW...it would be YOUR sons, YOUR daughters, YOUR grandchildren, doing it in the years to come. As long as there are men in this world whose only desire is to control people, there will be war. It is OUR am as the American servicemember that WE continue to remain a free and independant people, free to voice our opinions, but remember, a Soldier gave you that right. A Soldier continues to see that you can exercise that right. A Soldier will continue to safeguard that right. Always.

"Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." Kipling/Orwell

Good Night and God Bless You and God Bless America

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Army of today is not the Army of yester-year where the soldier who serve, serve freely. They are not trained as they were even 5 yrs ago. They get stress cards so they can take a time out if things get hetic. They are restricted to only doing so much physical training. This is the world we now live in and the soldiers that are now defending our country think that they can goof off, take breaks and still be "IN THE ARMY" well let me tell you something if they were trained as they needed to be and not mothered and babied then the war would be better off. Maybe the soldiers could come home sooner, but of course we have the bureaucracy of our leaders that want to take it easy, thus less training means more deaths and more protest. So I say let's train the soldiers the right way and see how things turn out after that. Stop the pampering, whining and the goofing off be a real soldier, do what you signed the papers for..TO DEFEND YOUR COUNTRY!!!" and if your not happy get out of the ARMY and get out of the USA...I'm sure there is a person out there who would proudly take your place and serve with honor. If you want to see a real soldier, just go back and read Jay's blog...he has fought for our country and his views have opened many eyes. WAR IS HELL people, it's not a party, it's a dirty job! But someone has to do it to protect us, our homes, our rights...so to the protesters....KEEP WASTING YOUR TIME, when you could be doing something productive like supporting a solider...Most of America is not even listening to you...Keep up the good work Jay...many millions support you as well as other soldiers.

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Blogger Zeno Izen said...

There are many many knuckleheads in this story. Cindy Sheehan is definitely one of them. Thing is though, this country is in a precarious position right now. Cindy Sheehan can only do so much damage, and we're about to elect a new president. I'm sure the USA will still be in Iraq for the next few years. ... what am I saying? I express myself so infrequently on this topic that I have tripped over myself in trying to make a simple point. May as well leave it at: I can't wait to see how all of this turns out.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

if the usa thought like this during world war two. We would most likely be speaking German right now along with rest of the world. May God bless all those that defend this country. May you all know there are many of us who love and pray for you and your families every night.

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P.S.- World War II and the farce in Iraq have very little in common, unless one wants to compare the Nazi invasion of Poland with the wannabe-Nazi Amerikkkan invasion of Iraq, as neither country was threatening either respective aggressor nation and both the Nazi and the Bushite regimes had painfully obvious ulterior motives for launching their respective aggressions than the "reasons" they spouted to their equally gullible masses.

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