Monday, August 20, 2007

The Soldiers Won't Stand For It

All I really have to say is OH SHIT! From the New York Times:

VIEWED from Iraq at the tail end of a 15-month deployment, the political debate in Washington is indeed surreal. Counterinsurgency is, by definition, a competition between insurgents and counterinsurgents for the control and support of a population. To believe that Americans, with an occupying force that long ago outlived its reluctant welcome, can win over a recalcitrant local population and win this counterinsurgency is far-fetched. As responsible infantrymen and noncommissioned officers with the 82nd Airborne Division soon heading back home, we are skeptical of recent press coverage portraying the conflict as increasingly manageable and feel it has neglected the mounting civil, political and social unrest we see every day. (Obviously, these are our personal views and should not be seen as official within our chain of command.)
Yes, you are reading correctly. Those are TROOPS against the war. The 82nd has been based in Baghdad for a long time. These dudes know what they are talking about. You really need to read the entire article. And, I mean that.