Secret Letter from Iraq

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  1. carpro

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    A little old, but a good read, even if slightly long.


    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1543658-3,00.html

    The Secret Letter From Iraq
    Friday, Oct. 06, 2006



    Written last month, this straightforward account of life in Iraq by a Marine officer was initially sent just to a small group of family and friends. His honest but wry narration and unusually frank dissection of the mission contrasts sharply with the story presented by both sides of the Iraq war debate, the Pentagon spin masters and fierce critics

    EXCERPT

    Most Profound Man in Iraq — an unidentified farmer in a fairly remote area who, after being asked by Reconnaissance Marines if he had seen any foreign fighters in the area replied "Yes, you."

    Worst City in al-Anbar Province
    — Ramadi, hands down. The provincial capital of 400,000 people. Lots and lots of insurgents killed in there since we arrived in February. Every day is a nasty gun battle. They blast us with giant bombs in the road, snipers, mortars and small arms. We blast them with tanks, attack helicopters, artillery, our snipers (much better than theirs), and every weapon that an infantryman can carry. Every day. Incredibly, I rarely see Ramadi in the news. We have as many attacks out here in the west as Baghdad. Yet, Baghdad has 7 million people, we have just 1.2 million. Per capita, al-Anbar province is the most violent place in Iraq by several orders of magnitude. I suppose it was no accident that the Marines were assigned this area in 2003.

    Biggest Surprise — Iraqi Police. All local guys. I never figured that we'd get a police force established in the cities in al-Anbar. I estimated that insurgents would kill the first few, scaring off the rest. Well, insurgents did kill the first few, but the cops kept on coming. The insurgents continue to target the police, killing them in their homes and on the streets, but the cops won't give up. Absolutely incredible tenacity. The insurgents know that the police are far better at finding them than we are — and they are finding them. Now, if we could just get them out of the habit of beating prisoners to a pulp...

    Coolest Insurgent Act — Stealing almost $7 million from the main bank in Ramadi in broad daylight, then, upon exiting, waving to the Marines in the combat outpost right next to the bank, who had no clue of what was going on. The Marines waved back. Too cool.

    Highest Unit Re-enlistment Rate — Any outfit that has been in Iraq recently. All the danger, all the hardship, all the time away from home, all the horror, all the frustrations with the fight here — all are outweighed by the desire for young men to be part of a band of brothers who will die for one another. They found what they were looking for when they enlisted out of high school. Man for man, they now have more combat experience than any Marines in the history of our Corps.

    Proudest Moment
    — It's a tie every day, watching our Marines produce phenomenal intelligence products that go pretty far in teasing apart Bad Guy operations in al-Anbar. Every night Marines and Soldiers are kicking in doors and grabbing Bad Guys based on intelligence developed by our guys. We rarely lose a Marine during these raids, they are so well-informed of the objective. A bunch of kids right out of high school shouldn't be able to work so well, but they do.
     
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    Carpro

    A good read . . . if you believe in brotherhood and freedom . . .

    ;)

    Thanks!

    Wayne

     
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    Doesn't always match up so well with what we hear in the media.

    How 'bout them Iraqi cops?:applause:
     
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    Thanks, carpro!!
    :thumbs: :thumbs:
     
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    Good to hear that morale is holding up. We hear so many bad things. But they are professionals; even if they think the mission is wrong, they still do their best.

    And their best is very good.
     
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    Reading this letter, there is no reason to believe they think the mission is wrong.
     
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    Most soldiers are smart enough to figure out that this mission is wrong and has been from the beginning.
     
  8. carpro

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    You are simply wrong. They believe very deeply in their mission and have from the start.

    Naturally there are differences of opinion about how to go about it and frustations about how it's going and concerns about the lack of appreciation and support here at home, as you have illustrated in your post.

    But they believe. You have no idea at all what you are talking about.
     
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    It was a mistake for the US to invade Iraq, period.

    The question now is, how many more American soldiers have to die before this hard-headed President changes his failed policies.
     
  10. Rev. Phil Parrish

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    Thank God for a 'hard-headed' presidential leader that is willing to go the distance to do what is right, especially in the presence of such public criticism. Whatever happened to the mindset that we should pray for our leaders instead of bashing them!



    I'm Proud To Be An American! :thumbs:
     
  11. Rev. Phil Parrish

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    Soldiers' Joy

    American soldiers giving their lives for our country is called DUTY.

    In 1981 my recruiter, SSGT John Jones, told me, 'If you're not willing to risk your life, fighting for America and what America stands for, join the Scouts NOT the Army!'



    Proud To Be An American! :thumbs:
     
  12. Terry_Herrington

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    So, did you join the Scouts?
     
  13. RockRambler

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    And wars aren't won, freedoms aren't obtain, by dying for your country. They are obtain by getting someone else to die for theirs.

    "Now I want you to remember that no ******* ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb ******* die for his country"-General George S. Patton
     
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    Thanks for sharing this letter. :thumbs:
     

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