With the re insurgency moving back into Iraq, there are many of us frustrated, shaking our head asking why did we go there if we let it go back the way it was. There has been a recent article out titled:
Tell Me Again, Why Did My Friends Die In Iraq? Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/iraq-war-reasons-2014-1#ixzz2pi6N2YB9
I know its frustrating for those that went to Iraq and Afghanistan to see things go right back to the way it was before we arrived. However, remember we didn’t all of a sudden decide to deploy to these places because we wanted to change/alter the culture. No, we went there for significantly other reasons and as I look back at all of my tours to Iraq & Afg, each deployment accomplished exactly what we set oout to do.
In each occasion I can say we changed lives, removed some very bad people and added security to a very unstable region. Hell I can write whatever blog post about it to explain it to you but until you sit night after night with your freezing Marines in some shit hole only to get into to a raging all out gunfight with some bad guys in the middle of the night, fight through the night, watch the sun come up as you call in medivacs and then when everything is over a small child comes out and sits next to you because no matter what language they speak, they know that you mean safety and without speaking a word they know if they are by you, they are safe. It’s a look in their eye that if you haven’t seen someone truly scared for their life and they stare into yours for security, then this is simply a blog post.
Sure Iraq went back to internal fighting, hell they have been fighting like that for century’s. Same for Afg. If you don’t think Afg isn’t going to turn into a holy shit storm when we leave by order of the current commander in chief this year, you’re crazy. At least in Iraq we ALL left. If Afg the Pres has already said a small element will be left to mentor (good luck boys). It’s going to get really ugly. If we are leaving the we all should leave.
I wasn’t even going to post on this recent developments because I saw it coming when I left Iraq (Act II will be AFG). However, its summed up by some like below, you can’t say “why” why” why” when you openly volunteered for the military service. It cracks me up when people join the military, take every benefit under the sun then say "I have to deploy?" Everyone that joins the military has to know there may come a time when you may be in the situation where you get dead. The military doesn't hang out at cake sales.
Death sucks. Dying old dogs, yes, even cats. Old people and yes especially young Marines that call you “brother”. Nothing will stop death. It happens to all of us and when it’s your time, hell, it’s your time.But, if your going to die, Id much rather be doing it at 1000mph with my hair on fire next to some of the best Americans than by some shit head drunk driver. I joined the military knowing one day I may have to put my training to use and it may cost me my life. If you don't like that, its very simple, go work in the mall or somthing else besides the military.
Response from Gen. Ray Odierno: "The bottom line is we raise our right hand in order to defend the Constitution of the United States and when we do that we are prepared to go forward and do what is necessary, as we’re asked to do by our civilian leadership in order to provide security for this nation. That’s what we did in Iraq at a time when it was believed that we need to go there, our military went. We prepared, we went. I believe we left in in a way that enabled it to move forward. We eliminated a ruthless dictator, which we tend to forget about. An incredibly ruthless individual –who, as was there longer and longer and longer, the stories I was told by many different Iraqis to include their military, were actually gruesome, in the life that they had to live inside of Iraq under the leadership of Saddam Hussein.I just think that you have to look at it in those viewpoints. That we raised our right hand and did our job, we left it in a way that was important, it is incredibly difficult for us to deal with the lives that were lost. No matter what the cause is. It’s difficult to deal with lives lost in Afghanistan, it’s difficult to deal with lives lost in Iraq, it’s difficult with lives lost to a car accident, or a suicide of a military member. Because we’re brother and sister in arms and there’s a relationship there that’s built that you’ll never forget. And so I can never explain properly to anybody when somebody gives your life. But the bottom line, I do know in each and every one of those cases, they raised and volunteered to be in the military because they were proud to be part of the Army. They were proud to do this mission. They were proud to be involved with that. And many of them died doing the things that they wanted to do. And that’s what I remember. I remember their service and their sacrifice. And I remember that they dedicated themselves to something much greater than themselves personally. That’s what the Army’s about and that’s what I remember even though it’s very difficult as we look back at some of the sacrifices that were given."
Time for a C-Gar