Where do you stand on Iraq?

Germany
August 27, 2008 9:23am CST
First off I want to say that I am a military spouse and my husband did spend time in Iraq.Not a fun time but we knew that it was a possibility when he signed on the line. We are proud to serve our country. There are so many different views out there about us being there. I know there are good things that we have accomplished. But I want to know how others feel.
3 responses
• United States
27 Aug 08
I respect the military and their families. Let me say thank you. I don't listen to the news or all these politicians. I listen to the soldiers, the ones who actually knows whats going on. Every soldier That I have seen interviewed or that I have asked believes in what we are doing over there. They have seen a positive outcome and most don't regret their service over there. My cousin came back from Iraq and can't wait to go back.
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• United States
27 Aug 08
I know that I speak for all the military and their loved ones when I say that I cannot express what you've said means to us. It's disheartening for us all when we see all the protestors, all the ugliness directed toward our soldiers. People like you make it all worth it. Thank you so much.
@Barb42 (4217)
• United States
28 Aug 08
I was a military wife during the Vietnam war and my husband spent time over there with the Air Force in Air Rescue. The one thing they would not let them do then was win the war. The military came home to face worse than the war. They weren't welcomed as heros. It was terrible. Today, we are in Iraq. I hate that we have lost so many young people, but if we weren't there, I'm afraid we might be fighting the terrorists in our country already. I've heard so many young military men say that the surge has worked over there and they are proud to be serving their country. I try not to listen to the nay sayers. Many of those have never served their country. When my husband went in, it was through the draft, although when drafted, he went to the board and joined the Air Force. It was during a war and he knew he would probably be going over there, but he wanted to do something he knew. He was a mechanic on helicopters in the Air Force and they did air rescue. It was a very dangerous job. But I have never heard him say he was sorry he went. He knew it was his duty and the thought every young man should have to go through the basic training. It teaches all to be men! And I think, when a young man/woman chooses to go into the military, fully knowing that they may go to war, they should be commended! Some people have yet to understand these young people chose their profession; it wasn't forced on them like it used to be. I thank God for every man/woman that is serving our country now or has in the past. They are the reason we still have freedom in the LAND of the FREE, the USA!
• United States
27 Aug 08
I too am a military spouse, although my husband is an Air Force mechanic, so he did not see any combat, nor has he been to Iraq. I believe that there are aspects of the war in Iraq that could have been handled better - the public feels they have been lied to, and the media is doing little to correct that - in fact, they encourage it. There are many people in the military that know WAY more about what's going on over there than the media is sharing, and it's not QUITE the disaster many believe. Saddam had WMD's; he jerked us around for years about those stupid things. He would never directly comply with what he was told he needed to do. It's like he enjoyed toying with us. Granted, he had PLENTY of time to sell/get rid of/hide those suckers, so it's entirely possible that by the time we went over there, he DIDN'T have them anymore. But because he was not direct with us, we couldn't know that for sure. After 9/11, we didn't want to take chances anymore, so we went to straighten him out. Personally, I feel that by taken out Saddam and his sons and their regime, we got the biggest WMD's in that country - the things they were doing to their own people is just horrible and should not have been adibed as long as it was. Honestly, we should have just stayed over there and straightened him out the first time! Don't misunderstand - I don't like war. I wish the troops could all come home. But if they were all to come home now, everything we've accomplished over there would be for nothing, because it would fall apart - there's still too much instability. I say good on us for a seeing terrible injustice done and stepping in to fix it.
• Germany
27 Aug 08
I want to thank you for your response. I feel so much the same way.I know that in the states(we are in Germany right now) there are alot of people we feel so strongly about bringing our troops home and I so understand but I feel we have to do it the right way. I know people feel it is none of our business what goes on in other countrys but I feel that it is our responsibility as a strong country to help where we can. Thank You again for your input it makes me feel like I am not alone in feeling the way that I do.
• United States
27 Aug 08
I absolutely agree with what you said about a strong country having a responsibility to help others - I've always felt that if someone is in a position to help someone in some way, and they DON'T just because it's not their problem...well, it doesn't say good things about that person, does it? Same with countries. What if something terrible were happening to us and other strong countries just said "Not my problem"?