The War as We Saw It

Buddhika Jayamaha is an Army specialist. Wesley D. Smith is a sergeant. Jeremy Roebuck is a sergeant. Omar Mora is a sergeant. Edward Sandmeier is a sergeant. Yance T. Gray is a staff sergeant. Jeremy A. Murphy is a staff sergeant.

VIEWED from Iraq at the tail end of a 15-month deployment, the political debate in Washington is indeed surreal. Counterinsurgency is, by definition, a competition between insurgents and counterinsurgents for the control and support of a population. To believe that Americans, with an occupying force that long ago outlived its reluctant welcome, can win over a recalcitrant local population and win this counterinsurgency is far-fetched. As responsible infantrymen and noncommissioned officers with the 82nd Airborne Division soon heading back home, we are skeptical of recent press coverage portraying the conflict as increasingly manageable and feel it has neglected the mounting civil, political and social unrest we see every day. (Obviously, these are our personal views and should not be seen as official within our chain of command.)

Read the rest of their amazing post from The New York Times.

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  1. illa morales

    Lookup the Cost of the war in your district
    http://pol.moveon.org/iraq/priorities_reports.html

  2. illa morales

    Sesktak Warns Iraqi Oil Law Contains ‘Undue Ability Of U.S. Oil Companies To Control Iraqi Profits’
    http://thinkprogress.org/2007/08/18/sestak-oil-law/

  3. illa morales

    Bliderberg Plan – Control
    Oil, Control People
    http://www.rense.com/general77/bilf.htm

  4. illa morales

    Iraq Progress Report: A Time
    To Assess And Reflect
    http://www.countercurrents.org/lendman200807.htm

  5. illa morales

    Trial of Officer Charged Over Abu Ghraib Nears
    http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/082007M.shtml

  6. illa morales

    Syrian newspaper: US pushing Israel to war
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3439643,00.html

  7. illa morales

    The court martial of the only US Army officer charged over the abuse scandal at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison has begun, but two key counts have been dismissed.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6955355.stm

  8. illa morales

    US Media Curtail Iraq War Coverage: Study
    http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/08/20/3294/

  9. reported by Salon
    http://www.salon.com/news/primary_sources/2007/09/12/times_soldiers/?source=newsletter

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/19/opinion/19jayamaha.html?ex=1189828800&en=93e63c4072f7ed64&ei=5070

    As noted, in a coda to that piece, one of the writers, Murphy, was wounded in the head before it was published and has been evacuated to Bethesda. Now word comes from Baghdad that two of the remaining authors, Mora and Gray, died in Iraq Monday (reported by Salon)

    http://www.salon.com/news/primary_sources/2007/09/12/times_soldiers/?source=newsletter

    I hope you’ll remember these multiple combat tour, combat hardened troops when reading about Pete Hegseth and his GOP front organization Vets for Freedom, both of which have been much in the news lately. Hegseth did one tour of Iraq early on with the NY National Guard and hasn’t been back since. While I honor his service, he’s abused his mantle of authority beyond credibility in the press. His prowar neocon organization, Vets for Freedom, much in the news lately with the latest administration push after the Petraeus/Crocker report, is a wholly owned, 100% financed, creation of the GOP war machine.

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Vets_for_Freedom
    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Pete_Hegseth

    http://www.vetsforfreedom.org/

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