April 21, 2004

It's easy to ask, there's this thing called the Internet...

Francis W. Porretto writes

...In the many assertions from the anti-war camp that the Iraqi occupation is "turning into a quagmire," there's a common thread: the implication or outright statement that the morale of American forces in Iraq is low and sinking. That this claim is contradicted by statements from the troops themselves, who see their job as a necessary one, albeit arduous and dangerous, is seldom discussed. Moreover, the most recent reports on enlistment and retention rates from all the armed services have been better than satisfactory; all of them have met their quotas in all areas, except for a handful of technical specialties...
It's interesting how often those who claim to feel deeply the plight of our soldiers show little evidence of having actually asked any of them what they think.

It would be easy to do, The guys in Iraq and Afghanistan have e-mail. And there are many military bloggers, and various web sites for military units, with forums. Heres a sample (and again, this time facing bad news)—This brigade is in the thick of it. Or here's Sgt Hook, who took a little survey...

When you read someone's lament that our hapless troops are stretched to the breaking point, bogged down, beleaguered, battered, bewitched, bothered,...notice whether they asked any of the people most involved.


Posted by John Weidner at April 21, 2004 6:43 PM
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