A Letter from Mosul

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    A Letter ffrom Mosul
    by Cal Thomas, Human Events
    02/13/2007

    With the House debating this week how much “non-binding” grief to lay on President Bush about Iraq, I e-mailed a soldier friend of mine for his impressions of the increasingly amplified protests.

    Army Sgt. Daniel Dobson, 22, of Grand Rapids, Mich., is on his second tour in Iraq. I asked him what he thinks of the growing opposition to the war. Writing from Mosul, he says he appreciates the freedom Americans have to protest, but adds:

    “The American military has shown a stone-cold professional veneer throughout the seething debate raging over Iraq. Beneath that veneer, however, is a fuming, visceral hatred. We feel as though we have been betrayed by Congress.”

    Sgt. Dobson believes the military is being hamstrung against an enemy with no reservations or restrictions:

    “It is our overwhelming opinion that we have not been allowed to conduct the war to the fullest of our capability; neither do we feel that we should pull out because of a lack of ‘results.’ War is not a chemistry set with predetermined outcomes or complications. With a great army matched with an equally cunning enemy, we find ourselves in a difficult, but winnable fight. We do not seek results; rather, we seek total and unequivocal victory.”

    It’s been a while since anyone spoke of “victory.” Critics ask war supporters to define the word. Sgt. Dobson makes an effort: “That victory is close at hand. With nearly 80 percent of all terrorist and insurgent activity within 50 miles of Baghdad, the sheer thought of not taking out this stronghold is madness. If we can eliminate 80 percent of terrorist activity, the war is nearly won. To throw away a battle of this magnificent importance would be to waste the suffering and the sacrifice of American service members.”

    What of the effect on the troops from anti-war remarks on the streets and in Congress? Some assert it doesn’t hurt troop morale. Sgt. Dobson disagrees:

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    Bastard Damnocrat traitors. :sad:
     
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    bullshit. as a career military man, I can say without doubt, that the deliberations of the congress about the military's mission were about as valuable as a bucket of warm spit. What difference did it make, or does it make? NONE. The guys in uniform will go wherever we are told to go and do whatever we are told to do with the utmost zeal and professionalism until we are told to stop. Shit..when I think back on all the boneheaded places I had to go and the things I had to do or stop doing because the civilians in DC changed their minds, the list is mindboggling. Who gives a shit? YOu go and kick ass and kill folks until they tell you to come home.

    The US Military is nothing but the muscular arm of American foreign policy. Foreign policy is something that is open to debate in the congress and in the court of public opinion. When those factors shift, policy changes, and so, therefore, does the role of the muscular arm. If there are troops on the ground in Iraq who don't understand that dynamic and are, for some unjustified reason, MAD at Americans debating foreign policy, then shame on their commanders for not spelling out the limits of their role in all of this to them.
     
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    Great, but the issue here is morale, not ROE or change of mission. The Damnocrats are siding with the enemy, and that is a FACT, JACK.
     
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    no..it is a lie. democrats are participating in a debate about the wisdom of our military action in Iraq. that is the fact.
     
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    No, they are figuring out how to undermine without being caught in doing that. lots of links:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0207/2751.html

     
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    Right. That's why it's "non-binding". :rolleyes:
     
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    they are giving DUbya a chance to rethink his idiocy.... I think they are being more kind and congenial than he has any right to expect. If I were speaker of the house, I'd cut off all his funding today and force him to bring our troops out of harm's way and back home ASAP.
     
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    Go with that as your talking points for your Hillary-fest. :eusa_drool:
     
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    as I said before, Hillary is not my candidate of choice, but if she wins the nomination, I will work to ensure her victory. Who you gonna put up? Newt the intern fucker, I hope!
     

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