American Soldier says,
I was interviewed by Fox News yesterday about the closed door sessions that transpired earlier this week. Certain questions asked were:
“Do I think that the troops feel bad that the senate now doubts the case for war?”
“Do I think the probe into the case for war is over due?”
“Do I think it’s owed to the family’s who have lost loved ones to have a probe?”
Well the call lasted for about 45 minutes. I told the reporter a lot of things that have affected me personally about this war, how I feel about it coming from a citizen-soldier. However I kept telling the reporter that really the troops on ground don’t give a flying leap about what the hell the senate is doing. In war, you are there to survive and you care for you brothers in arms. I said to her at one point that no soldier is going to run to the head shrink and cry because the senate can’t make up their mind about the war. Or even if they doubt the war, it doesn’t really affect the outcome of what we (soldiers) do on ground. The senate should focus on giving our military a higher pay raise then the measly 3% hike. They should ensure we have better equipment, no soldier should ever have to buy his/her stuff.
I told her that I think the senate has way too much time on their hands to be bickering about what the case for war was or wasn’t. I said at one point that I’m wondering if the senate is trying to impeach our president because some facts in the case for war were never proven. What the senate should be focusing on is where we are at right now. All the strides, leaps and bounds of where we have brought Iraq to now. Who gives a crap if we didn’t find WMD’s or Yellow Cake? Part of the case for war was the fact that we were going to free Iraqi’s of oppression and you dam well better believe we did that. We have empowered the Iraqi’s to a point where they are writing their own constitution, they are mending their country, they are progressing. We are serving a purpose and that is the important thing. A city councilman wrote to me the other day and in a response about how I feel when a person asks me about why we are in Iraq, he said this. “Why are we in Iraq, they had nothing to do with 9/11″, my reply is: “Why did we fight Hitler in WW2? He had nothing to do with Pearl Harbor.”
I hope the Fox News reporter writes this story in good taste. I emphasize this before I got off the phone. She said she would so we’ll see. The story should post in the next few days.
In closing my feeling about the war is this. We are there now; we will be there for a long time. I am a soldier who is of sane mind and I have volunteered in the past to go fight this war. I wouldn’t put my life on the line for something that I felt was not just. I do it for two reasons. The most important thing is to be there for other soldiers. The other is to be a part of the war that is fighting terrorism. Never do I want to see another 9/11!