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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Military Grunts Do More Than Talk Ape

Everyone wonders what the lower pay grades are thinking in hte Iraqi front lines? Not really, for if they did--like John Murtha--they'd never have even gone to war against a two-bit dictator who was already contained. But, if YOU really want to know what some of these guys think, consider the following letter to the editor from "Stars and Stripes" (that's right, they very voice of the military man and woman:

War based on a lie

Weapons of mass destruction? I’m still looking for them, and if you find any give me a call so we can justify our presence in Iraq. We started the war based on a lie, and we’ll finish it based on a lie. I say this because I am currently serving with a logistics headquarters in the Anbar province, between the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi. I am not fooled by the constant fabrication of “democracy” and “freedom” touted by our leadership at home and overseas.
Now, many will say that this guy is just burned out, disgruntled, or some such rationalization. Of course, most of these folks have never seen what these guys see every minte of every day for months after months.

All I can say is that, Capt. Capt. Jeff Pirozzi, Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, better watch his ass. Word is that the higher pay grades are taking names and logging serial numbers of anyone who expresses views contrary to the Bush line. Or no, that's the State Department--just goes to show how much freedom of speech there is in this model and bastion of liberty, huh?

Update 12/4 -- It seems like the higher pay-grades have heard the message as well, The Revolt of the Generals, By ALEXANDER COCKBURN

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