Phrases like the "trigger-happy US patrols" is akin to "baby killers" re: Vietnam. They accuse the US military of wanton murder.
FYI, patrols are the ones who go in first to an area to scout it. On foot.
The "insurgents" look like the populace. The only difference is that they aim rifles, grenade launchers, roadside and body bombs indiscriminately at us and Iraqis. They execute Iraqi police and recruits. They assassinate elected officials.
On the other hand, there are brave Iraqi men and women who continue to work to write a constitution, prepare for the next election, and include the different sects in the future of their country.
Thus I found the article blaming the troops on the ground. It ignores the fact that much of that country is now much safer for the residents, both from Sadam's regime and the war. It assumes that all public services were hunky-dory in the 30 years of Sadam's reign. It ignores the fact that some "friendly" countries ignored the sanctions set after the Gulf War, thus giving permission to the Sadam regime to ignore them.
There is a difference between constructive and unconstructive criticism. In the former, possible solutions are presented. In the latter, the focus is on every negative, to the point of "rubbing our noses" in what may or may not have been a mistake or error in judgment. This is especially true as no government world-wide has been free of them---ever.
Our troops would rather not be there, either. They would rather be with their loved ones. But they go where they are sent, perform their mission, and have pride in the good they accomplish - all without knowing what lies around the next corner, behind the next door, or what will come out of the sky. For those who continually focus on that they should not be there serves no useful purpose.
Sure- I would love to have them home yesterday. But I am veryproud of them!!!
Due to political issues we could not go into Baghdad in the Gulf War, so some think we left the good people of Iraqi high and dry. We won't, and should not, do that this time.
Note that we could have destroyed the Republican Guard as they were fleeing from Kuwait on that highway all the way to Baghdad. They had been warned not to take their armaments and tanks with them But, we stopped after an x number of miles. We avoid killing helpless people as best we can.
To not complete the mission would signal that those in the coalition who died did so in vain. And those who were maimed suffer for naught. Though some think those troops were "hoodwinked", they do not, and are dedicated to their mission. They are the ones who see the situation first-hand.
They are being shot at enough without having to take such pot shots as being "trigger happy".
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