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November 06, 2006

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U.S. TROOPS DEFY DEMS: SAY NO PULLOUT TILL JOB DONE

Soldiers in Iraq Say Pullout Would Have Devastating Results

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SYKES, Iraq, Nov. 5 -- For the U.S. troops fighting in Iraq, the war is alternately violent and hopeful, sometimes very hot and sometimes very cold. It is dusty and muddy, calm and chaotic, deafeningly loud and eerily quiet.

The one thing the war is not, however, is finished, dozens of soldiers across the country said in interviews. And leaving Iraq now would have devastating consequences, they said.

With a potentially historic U.S. midterm election on Tuesday and the war in Iraq a major issue at the polls, many soldiers said the United States should not abandon its effort here. Such a move, enlisted soldiers and officers said, would set Iraq on a path to civil war, give new life to the insurgency and create the possibility of a failed state after nearly four years of fighting to implant democracy.

"Take us out of that vacuum -- and it's on the edge now -- and boom, it would become a free-for-all," said Lt. Col. Mark Suich, who commands the 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment just south of Baghdad. "It would be a raw contention for power. That would be the bloodiest piece of this war."

The soldiers declined to discuss the political jousting back home, but they expressed support for the Bush administration's approach to the war, which they described as sticking with a tumultuous situation to give Iraq a chance to stand on its own.



Leading Democrats have argued for a timeline to bring U.S. troops home, because obvious progress has been elusive, especially in Baghdad, and even some Republican lawmakers have recently called for a change in strategy. But soldiers criticized the idea of a precipitate withdrawal, largely because they believe their hard work would go for naught.

Capt. Jim Modlin, 26, of Oceanport, N.J., said he thought the situation in Iraq had improved between his deployment in 2003 and his return this year as a liaison officer to Iraqi security forces with the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, based here on FOB Sykes outside Tall Afar. Modlin described himself as more liberal than conservative and said he had already cast his absentee ballot in Texas. He said he believed that U.S. elected officials would lead the military in the right direction, regardless of what happens Tuesday.

"Pulling out now would be as bad or worse than going forward with no changes," Modlin said. "Sectarian violence would be rampant, democracy would cease to exist, and the rule of law would be decimated. It's not 'stay the course,' and it's not 'cut and run' or other political catchphrases. There are people's lives here. There are so many different dynamics that go on here that a simple solution just isn't possible."

Soldiers and officers had difficulty conveying what victory in Iraq would look like or exactly how to achieve it. In some ways, victory is a moving target, they said, one that relies heavily on the Iraqi people gaining trust in the Iraqi security forces and the ability of the Iraqi government to support essential services. In northern Iraq, officials said they expect to hand over major parts of the country to Iraqi forces within the next five months, but most agree that Baghdad will be far behind.

Even if top commanders meet their goal of transferring authority to the Iraqi army within the next 18 months, a U.S. presence long after that is likely, several officers said.

"This is a worthwhile endeavor," said Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, commander of Multinational Division North and the 25th Infantry Division. "Nothing that is worthwhile is usually easy, and we need to give this more time for it to all come together. We all want to come home, but we have a significant investment here, and we need to give the Iraqi army and the Iraqi people a chance to succeed."

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Well if the Troops themselves said it, it's good enough for me!!

10 Comments:

Blogger TrekMedic251 said...

Funny,,..I didn't hear about this today.

Then again, I was watching CNN and (MSM)SNBC.

;-)

November 06, 2006 7:38 PM  
Blogger Ms.Green said...

We need to continue to lift up our troops in prayer. And let them know there are plenty of us who support them.

Interesting post. Thanks for it.

November 06, 2006 9:13 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Ha....ms. green, not to be confused with Mrs. Green. Marie, what is it with the names of your commenters? You had a similar situation with lefty Angry American and righty Angry American.

trekmedic, I heard about this from listening to talk radio (Dennis Prager).

November 06, 2006 10:06 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Trek,

Funny,,..I didn't hear about this today.

Then again, I was watching CNN and (MSM)SNBC.

;-)

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What on earth were you doing watching those channels? Trolling? lol

November 06, 2006 10:13 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Ms. Green,

We need to continue to lift up our troops in prayer. And let them know there are plenty of us who support them.

Interesting post. Thanks for it.

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Always Ms. Green, Thank You!

November 06, 2006 10:16 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Word,

Ha....ms. green, not to be confused with Mrs. Green. Marie, what is it with the names of your commenters? You had a similar situation with lefty Angry American and righty Angry American.

trekmedic, I heard about this from listening to talk radio (Dennis Prager).

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Haha no I realized right away they werent the same person lol, Ms. Green isnt vile and mean.

I dont know why I get these people with the same name. Very odd isnt it?

November 06, 2006 10:22 PM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

And I am soooo pleased (NOT) that Mrs. Mean followed me over to Mike's America and is now leaving her moonbat feces all over the place.

Let's put that witch back in her cage folks! GET OUT AND VOTE GOP TODAY!!!

November 07, 2006 4:14 AM  
Blogger J_G said...

I say a short but sincere prayer for our troops a couple of times a week. Today I will go and vote and I will ask my Lord to give the person that is elected today the wisdom do the right thing for my shipmates and comrades in arms.

I'll have my breakfast then I'll go do my duty. Have a good day everyone.

Thank you Marie for your dedication and hard work to get as much information as could out to people that might be considering staying home today. You truly are someone I am proud to know as a fellow American.

November 07, 2006 4:34 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Mike,

And I am soooo pleased (NOT) that Mrs. Mean followed me over to Mike's America and is now leaving her moonbat feces all over the place.

Let's put that witch back in her cage folks! GET OUT AND VOTE GOP TODAY!!!

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Haha Mike, I'm not taking the blame for Mrs. Green. That woman is EVERYWHERE!

Love, the last line there LMAO!

YES FOR THE LOVE OF GOD VOTE REPUBLICAN!!

November 07, 2006 6:57 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

JG,

I say a short but sincere prayer for our troops a couple of times a week. Today I will go and vote and I will ask my Lord to give the person that is elected today the wisdom do the right thing for my shipmates and comrades in arms.

I'll have my breakfast then I'll go do my duty. Have a good day everyone.

Thank you Marie for your dedication and hard work to get as much information as could out to people that might be considering staying home today. You truly are someone I am proud to know as a fellow American.

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Good for you JG! You are a wonderful person.

It's been MY honor to know you as well.

Thank You! For ALL Your help also!

And I'm not going ANYWHERE!!!
Are you kidding? Worse case scenario, if that happens, I will be on thier ass every minute! :-)

November 07, 2006 7:04 AM  

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