Sunday, April 01, 2007
It seems hopeless over there. I hate to say it but it doesnt seem winnable as the places where my brigade operated and made great strides seem to be slipping backwards to their state prior to our blood, sweat, and hardwork went into making the areas more secure. It seems since we left Tall Afar almost a year ago I've read once a week of a car bomb that kills at least 30 in that medium sized city of Sunnis, Shia, Kurds, and Turkomen. As today I read about the largest attack since the war began killing 160 and wounding 350 in the city that the President touted as the example for all the other cities to follow in his 2006 SOTU address, as my brigade was entering the country and specifically that city. Now that we have done a 14 month tour, 5 months of it there, and are now back home. I look at the news in disgust. Disgust at our leaders for being so ignorant and naive in starting this preventetive illegal invasion and occupation, and disgust at the Iraqis for being so ignorant and ungrateful. In Ramadi, Fallujah, and Anbar Province it seems to be more of the same. All of our hardwork means nothing, because they are back to where they were before we arrived. They want to be in the 7th Century, so pull out and leave them there. Our time, lives, and treasure there, wasted.