From the Troops
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By jank - Last updated: Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - Save & Share - 2 Comments

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There’s been a bunch of back and forth about what ‘the troops’ think about Iraq. This picture sums up the attitude of most of the sailors that I know. Here’s the message that came with the picture:

bq. The proud warriors of Baker Company wanted to do something to pay tribute to our fallen comrades. So since we are part of the only Infantry Battalion left in Iraq the one way that we could think of doing that is by taking a picture of Baker Company saying the way we feel. It would be awesome if you could find a way to share this with our fellow countrymen. I was wondering if there was any way to get this into your papers to let the world know that “WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN” and are proud to serve our country. Semper Fi. 1st Sgt Dave Jobe “Baker 8”

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2 Responses to “From the Troops”

Comment from Rick
Time September 16, 2003 at 5:20 pm

Hoo-ah! Send me that in an email, and I’ll get it started! rick_reeder@dell.com

Comment from jank
Time September 16, 2003 at 5:27 pm

Reeder- Check out this at the American Spectator site (Another right wing rag. Which I love).

The soldiers are staying focused and disciplined, and are getting more effective with each passing day. Our snipers have had some success of late — enough said. Even though we are still being shot at daily, the vast majority of the population supports our objectives and just want to get on with their lives. We are doing some excellent humanitarian work, but it doesn’t make the news because all the press wants to talk about is the attacks. …

(T)hey counted at least over a hundred, and they believe that they can identify nearly a thousand bodies in this (mass grave site). I saw the photos from the site. It’s in this cave and the bodies are pretty well decomposed though some still have hair and what not. Almost all are women and children with gunshot wounds to the head. They literally tossed the bodies into the cave into massive heaps like garbage, and then they left them there. It is pretty disconcerting to see. I have never seen so many bodies, and it reminds me of the Holocaust. We allowed this to happen twelve years ago, and after you see it, you can never be the same. You realize how you cannot allow these people to return to power. It will be a long fight…”

“Some BBC reporters interviewed me recently with a story already written and they needed the sound bites to support it. But we could not agree with their estimation that operations had somehow turned for the worse for us in Tikrit. I explained to them that the acts of violence we had seen represented the actions of a desperate and losing foe. Our cooperation with the locals continues to improve and the Iraqi government and police officials have joined our forces in their own future

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