"What're They Gonna Do? Send Us To Iraq?"

Marines speak out.

Now, two months into a seven-month combat tour in Iraq, Perez said he sees little connection between the events of Sept. 11 and the war he is fighting. Instead, he said, he is increasingly disillusioned by a conflict whose origins remain unclear and frustrated by the timidity of U.S. forces against a mostly faceless enemy.

“Sometimes I see no reason why we’re here,” Perez said. “First of all, you cannot engage as many times as we want to. Second of all, we’re looking for an enemy that’s not there. The only way to do it is go house to house until we get out of here.”

Perez is hardly alone. In a dozen interviews, Marines from a platoon known as the “81s” expressed in blunt terms their frustrations with the way the war is being conducted and, in some cases, doubts about why it is being waged. The platoon, named for the size in millimeters of its mortar rounds, is part of the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment based in Iskandariyah, 30 miles southwest of Baghdad.

The Marines offered their opinions openly to a reporter traveling with the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines during operations last week in Babil province, then expanded upon them during interviews over three days in their barracks at Camp Iskandariyah, their forward operating base.

The Marines’ opinions have been shaped by their participation in hundreds of hours of operations over the past two months. Their assessments differ sharply from those of the interim Iraqi government and the Bush administration, which have said that Iraq is on a certain – if bumpy – course toward peaceful democracy.


I can see the administration response now. “Don’t you realize there are people supporting you on the home front? Saying things like this will just demoralize them! You don’t want us to lose the war because you demoralized the public and let the terrorists win.”

I take it these are the one out of five american soldiers that aren’t voting for Bush? As ex-military, that’s one thing I still don’t understand; the massive support for whoever the prez is at the time.

American soldiers vote for the current Commander in Chief because he can holds the purse strings; is the CiC; chain of command …

Soon they will be able to send them to:
a) Iran
b) Iran
c) Iran

The war is about OIL, that is all it is about, getting control of as many Oil fields as the Administration can.

In other news, Pvt. Perez of the platoon known as the 81s was killed today in a “training accident.”

Even Clinton? I woulda thought Dole had gotten more military votes than that pot smokin’, flag-burnin’, war-protestin’, Oxford-goin’-to, draft-dodgin’ hippie.

Saw a poll the other day that had the 2 candidates dead-even, actually.

The officer class is way GOP, but the enlisted aren’t that far from the US median.


Here’s what they may very well do, from an article in Salon.


An Army Reserve staff sergeant who last week wrote a critical analysis of the United States’ prospects in Iraq now faces possible disciplinary action for disloyalty and insubordination. If charges are bought and the officer is found guilty, he could face 20 years in prison. It would be the first such disloyalty prosecution since the Vietnam War.

Remember, War is Peace.