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IRAQ as viewed by another grunt

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  1. g7777777

    g7777777 TS Supporters TS Supporters

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    This is from one of my college classmates son's

    Tell Clinton and Nagel and Hagel to go talk to them--- and hold CNN and the other media accountable for accurate reporting

    it looks like our media is helping the enemy in many ways

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    I won't say where I am on an unsecured e-mail other than that I am in the al
    Anbar province between Fallujah and Ramadi. And basically, this small city
    is a microcosm of the rest of Iraq. There are Iraqi Police, Iraqi Army, and
    other coalition forces here. This phase is what is called the transition
    phase. There are all kinds of transition teams deployed throughout the
    theater training, advising, guiding, leading, teaching, and mentoring their
    Iraqi counterparts. These teams consist of mixtures of Marines, soldiers,
    IPLOs[International Police Liason Officers], and Navy Seals. We work
    together as a team to prepare our Iraqi counterparts for a future without
    us.

    A little bit about myself. I am a Marine NCO, I'm a Corporal, and I am an
    O-Three-Eleven[the numbers don't work on this keyboard]. Basically, I'm a
    grunt. I act in a capacity I was not trained to act in. The NCO in me
    wants to see the police do things here by the book. The Grunt in me could
    give a damn less how they get the job done as long as they get the job done.
    A month and a half ago there was a vehicle borne-IED that killed over
    fifty men, women, and children. These tactics are used in an effort to
    scare the populace into supporting the insurgency and joining their cause
    rather than ours. Not here, the people here will not tolerate it, they knew
    full well who had done it and they came to the police. The next morning the
    bomber did not have a head.
    One of the things about this place that really sets me off, is this whole
    Sunni-Shia conflict that is reported all the time. Take this place for example. The Iraqi Army, isn't all that different from our own. They get recruited, they go to boot camp, and they get sent somewhere in the country.
    The majority of the Iraqi Army in this area, is Shia. The police are
    Sunni. And aside from the United States and British militaries, I have
    never seen a more well-oiled machine than the Iraqi Army, composed mostly of
    Shia, working alongside the Iraqi Police, composed mostly of Sunnis. Both
    sects working together, kicking in doors, going on raids, arresting
    terrorists and suspects or even ultimately eliminating them. If I were in a
    position to, I would stand before this entire country and tell the people of
    Iraq that it is time to put aside their differences of Sunni and Shia, and
    it's time to remember that they are Iraqis. It's no different from Boston
    fans and Yankees fans. We hate the @#$# out of each other, but we are
    Americans first, we share a state border, we are neighbors, and we embrace
    each other that way. And if you think that is a terrible analogy well I can
    give a damn less what you think, because there are some people in this world
    that consider baseball religion. It is no different. But when I hear about
    the police and the army raiding an insurgents house, finding weapons caches,
    bomb making materials and rounding up insurgents, I have hope for this
    country's future. The people of Iraq can learn a valuable lesson from the
    team cleaning up this area.

    It's time the Iraqi people's message was sent to the insurgents. It's
    time the insurgents were told that they have lost this war. The people of
    Iraq will not tolerate insurgency in their cities, amongst their families
    anymore. It isn't happening just here, it's happening all over. I have
    seen dead women, and I have seen dead children, all I have to ask is, how
    much more does it take before our media sends the Iraqi's message to these evil bastards?

    Keep advisors working closely with the governments and its branches in an
    effort to make sure that everything goes smoothly at a higher level because
    that's really where all the problems lie. The time to give Iraq back to its
    people is now. I don't care what is being reported on CNN or you read in
    the times, the people of this coutry, overall, are very grateful for us, and
    in the future they will be an incredible ally. They are ready.

    Corporal **************
    United States Marine Corps
    Semper Fi
     
  2. dmarbell

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    "It's no different from Boston fans and Yankees fans. We hate the @#$# out of each other, but we are Americans first, we share a state border, we are neighbors, and we embrace each other that way. And if you think that is a terrible analogy well I can give a damn less what you think, because there are some people in this world that consider baseball religion. It is no different."

    I'm trying to think back on the last time a Bosox fan strapped 100 pounds of explosives to his/her body and blew it all up trying to take as many Yankees fans out as possible. I'm sure it's happened, just not coming back to me!

    Shit.

    Yes, it is different.

    Danny
     
  3. marine_0341

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    This war has run it course. Bring them home. I bet the Iraqis get their shit together when our ships and planes leave an exhaust trail on our exit out.
     
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