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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Rumblings in the Ranks 6

Two years ago, I began a thread about dissent and growing frustration among the troops in Iraq. (Click the Label "ranks" below to see these articles.)

I wrote that there was increasing dissent among the grunts in Iraq, the ones actually dying. I linked to several articles, many of which never made it into the mainstream media.

Recent surveys, and a well-publicized op-ed by serving soldiers, support the view that these men and women are getting sick and tired of the hypocrisy and bad decisions of this country's leadership.

Think Progess reports the following:

Some say two wars are being fought here: the one the enlisted men see, and the one that senior officers and politicians want the world to see.

“I don’t see any progress. Just us getting killed,” said Spc. Yvenson Tertulien, one of those in the dining hall in Yousifiya, 10 miles south of Baghdad, as Bush’s speech aired last month. “I don’t want to be here anymore.” […]

The signs of frustration and of flagging morale are unmistakable, including blunt comments, online rants and the findings of surveys on military morale and suicides.

Sometimes the signs are to be found even in latrines. In the stalls at Baghdad’s Camp Liberty, someone had posted Army help cards listing “nine signs of suicide.” On one card, seven of the boxes had been checked.

I would just like to note that throughout history, revolutions have begun from the midst of soldiers.

My question is: how soon before these soldiers say enough is enough and begin refusing to fight? What the, George? Are you going to order that they be shot for disobeying orders?

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