Sunday, August 19, 2007

82nd Airborne, A Few Speak Out

I'm going to be very careful with this NYT OpEd piece, because it is from Iraq frontline soldiers and because I don't use block quotes or "fair usage" notices. I encourage you to follow the link and read it for yourselves. Those contributing are: "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," and they carefully note: "(Obviously, these are our personal views and should not be seen as official within our chain of command.)"

"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. " Quite frankly the article pretty much follows on from there, but I will not characterize this piece, go read it.

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