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Monday, July 31, 2006

American Soldiers in Iraq Are "Waiting to Get Blown Up"

I've been meaning to post excerpts from this Washington Post piece about frustrated soldiers. Only .4 percent of the American population is directly impacted by Bush's deadly mess in Iraq. Here are a few comments from soldiers who are currently serving:

"Think of what you hate most about your job. Then think of doing what you hate most for five straight hours, every single day, sometimes twice a day, in 120-degree heat. Then ask how morale is."
-Army Staff Sgt. Jose Sixtos

"It sucks. Honestly, it just feels like we're driving around waiting to get blown up. That's the most honest answer I could give you. You lose a couple friends and it gets hard."
-Spec. Tim Ivey, 28, of San Antonio

"No one wants to be here, you know, no one is truly enthused about what we do. We were excited, but then it just wears on you -- there's only so much you can take. Like me, personally, I want to fight in a war like World War II. I want to fight an enemy. And this, out here," he said, motioning around the scorched sand-and-gravel base, the rows of Humvees and barracks, toward the trash-strewn streets of Baghdad outside, "there is no enemy, it's a faceless enemy. He's out there, but he's hiding."
-Sgt. Christopher Dugger, the squad leader

"They say we're here and we've given them freedom, but really what is that? You know, what is freedom? You've got kids here who can't go to school. You've got people here who don't have jobs anymore. You've got people here who don't have power. You know, so yeah, they've got freedom now, but when they didn't have freedom, everybody had a job."
-Spec. David Fulcher, 22, a medic from Lynchburg, Va

11 Comments:

At 7/31/2006 11:08 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

"so yeah, they've got freedom now, but when they didn't have freedom, everybody had a job."

Yeah, I wonder how much those Rape Room jobs used to pay. Or being a warden at Saddam's Children's Prison.

 
At 7/31/2006 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, a job's a job. You don't want those illegal immigrants stealing them from you.

 
At 7/31/2006 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure there are openings at Abu Ghraib. timmy, you should apply. I dare you to say that to the soldier's face. Oh wait, you're on e of those war cheerleaders who cheers from the comfort of his home, not the front lines.

 
At 7/31/2006 7:49 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

One small distinction you might want to consider that separates Saddam's Rape Room employees and our soldiers are that our soldiers actually got prosecuted for their crimes. Of course, Saddam's men weren't actually committing crimes since it wasn't against the law.

And if you're suggesting moral equivalence between our soldiers and Saddam's thugs you're more whacked than I imagined.

.......

"I dare you to say that to the soldier's face."

WTF are you talking about?

 
At 8/01/2006 6:55 PM, Blogger GI Kate said...

Timmy,

say it to my face...i dare you!

(what are you suppose to be saying again?)

 
At 8/01/2006 10:56 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

I haven't the fogiest. I guess he thinks you'll throw me on the floor then squeeze my head with your thighs until I beg for mercy.

Anonymous, please...What is it I'm supposed to say?

 
At 10/22/2006 10:22 AM, Blogger doogarr said...

Sgt. Dugger is currently serving his 3rd tour in Iraq . Thru the stop loss program . Bad ass soldier , looking to do a bad ass job for his country . Not be a policeman , trying to keep people from killing each other . Let them fight and take names or send them home . I know this about him because he is my son . He is not a happy camper , but not for the reason the tree huggers say . Oh and Timmy you and your bitch Lassie should hide .

 
At 9/12/2009 7:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Timmy what are you sticking up for Saddam? Your a fag my brother died for our country, You should be grateful we let your kind be a part of it. Stupid commie go to hell

 
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