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(Editor's note: aj posted this article from an Army Doc called "Bring Us Home." What a powerful and stirring plea this is! Because of that, we've decided to elevate it to a thread header.)

Army Doc: "Bring Us Home" Ca
Submitted by aj (not verified) on Mon, 2005-08-29 15:00.

Army Doc: "Bring Us Home"
Captain Daniel Green is an battlefield surgeon, treating soldiers and Iraqi civilians around Baghdad's Green Zone. He has seen more casualties -- and interacted with more Iraqis -- than the vast majority of GIs over there. And that has given the captain a different perspective on this war. He isn't happy with how it's being run. In an e-mail to friends and family back home, Green says that it's time for U.S. forces to get out of Iraq.

I don't rightly know what your US news is saying, but here are a few of my own observations... The US Army is putting forth its main effort to train Iraqi soldiers... It will realistically take years before their Army and police are sufficient to protect the people and resist internal corruption. The reports that the commands are making to the higher-ups are biased and sugar-coated. The corruption is underplayed and the achievements/milestones exaggerated. The results however, may convince Congress and that a successful pull-out is close.

At this point I'd appreciate [it]. I've done my part. I've personally come to the law-of-diminishing-returns. The remaining process will be slow and arduous. Increasing financial expenditures and man-hours are going to be needed to sustain any significant growth.

It's similar to building a house. From the initial ground-breaking to foundation and framing, things seem to go remarkably fast, giving the home owners an unrealistic sense of impending move-in. Then the minor details like outlets, appliances, trim work, and cabinetry begin and little progress is noted after long periods. The tenants-to-be get anxious. The same is taking place here. The American public will not be able to consciously measure our productivity even with the best of media reporting.

Besides, I think the military is the wrong force at this point. We deal effectively with the combat training, but this corruption is a new species. We need Americans more attune to the nuisances of internal governmental fraud...people more like our own lawmakers. Soldiers need to focus on combat, not mafia arbitration.

I witnessed a company commander a few months ago try to expose and bring to justice the perpetrators of an intricately weaved plot of electricity theft. The King-Pin of the scheme was none other than the chairman of the city council. That went over well...

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It has ocurred to me that there is no more reason to believe the Bushies re: the "progress in Iraq" than to believe the blatant lies told to the Congress and the public to motivate a WAR in the first place.

If I'm not mistaken, the situation during the latter part of the Vietnam war was somewhat similar. The higher-ups painted the situation as being much better than it actually was, partially because they were stationed far from the combat zones -- but the ones who were actually in combat knew the truth, and it was not until some of those among the press who were reporting on the war went to see it with their own eyes that the real facts became known. I seem to recall something that Santanyana said about "those who forget the past..."?

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