Is the U.S. Military even IN Iraq?

So many things about the War on Terror have turned out to be untrue: Saddams links to Al Queda, yellow cake purchases in Niger, “we have found Weapons of Mass Destruction”, that this should really come as no surprise

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Soldierss Glowing Accounts of Success in Iraq Were Written by Commander

I am beginning to wonder if there even IS a country named Iraq, maybe it is a large paper cutout and a bunch of Hollywood extras trying to make sure they can keep their Health and Dental benefits for yet another year. Just how insignificant does a thing have to be before it is not worth lying about? Even the story about our little blond American “hero” Jessica Lynch seems to have been more fabrication than fact. Just how little regard DOES this administration have for the truth?

10 thoughts on “Is the U.S. Military even IN Iraq?

  1. Wasn’t me. The above is Eric’s doing. Though the more I hear about this news item the more it bothers me. Apparently some of the soldiers whose names were attached to these letters weren’t aware of it or happy about it.

  2. My take on this is more a case of a field commander trying to get some brownie points. If it had been coming from all units in Iraq, I would blame the administration, but I don’t think you can tie them to this one.

    The Jessica Lynch situation is a seperate issue. I have always considered a hero to be someone you want to emulate, and there is no fucking way I would want anyone to emulate Lynch.

  3. Sorry WB, It’s not Les – It is Eric fooling you all again! Anyhow, I guess I my overall disgust is that it is yet one more example of fabrication, whether it comes from the top or the bottom of the food chain (my bad for deriding Bush Co, It has just become second nature). It smacks of pathetic desperation to try to put and keep a positive spin on a war that many people are beginning to question. What really was the point in sending home a letter to these soldiers loved ones saying something like:

    **‘Hi (insert name of significant other here), Missed you last night during our desert clam bake but I thought of little (insert offspring’s name here) when a crowd of ecstatic Iraqi children ran out and showered us all with freshly cut daisies breaking into spontanious song and dance to express their joy that we are here. Well I have to go now, it is time for my volleyball match. /Sincerely/Kisses/Hugs (insert soldiers name here).

    Okay so there is no great crime committed here but it is false, creepy, and insincere. It is another lie even if it is small and insignificant, and I am just so tired of all of the lies associated with this war. When is enough enough?

    **Please note that the above was my own sarcastic take on the actual letter which reads: “Kirkuk is a hot and dusty city of just over a million people. The majority of the city has welcomed our presence with open arms. After nearly five months here, the people still come running from their homes, into the 110-degree heat, waving to us as our troops drive by on daily patrols of the city. Children smile and run up to shake hands and in their broken English shouting, “Thank you, Mister.” Just thought you should know.

  4. I have to air my view!  I would think that CNN and most other major american networks made Lynch into a hero, as opposed to just some soldier who luckily got out alive.  Some-one in the military probably saw it and jumped on the bandwagon!  So spare a thought for the real hero of the situation, a fellow soldier who apparently killed three Iraqi soldiers before he was killed himself.  But of course, they’d rather i didn’t know his name, because he cant provide clever and interesting sound bites.

  5. Les,
      I would like to know, no I would LOVE to know what you think about the patriot act?


  6. Souless

    I would have to agree with you for the most part, but the political types in the Pentagon definitely joined in the fun.  I was just amazed when Eric said the administration orchestrated it!

  7. Ok, so it’s a year after this first posted, but I stumbled across it and it brought back some memories. I thought those of you interested might like to know from a person who helped organize (because he was told to do so by his boss) the mailing of this accused ‘fabrication’.
    That letter was an attempt to build pride about what we were doing in Kirkuk. It was also an attempt to counter the persistently negative reports that were, and still are, being aired by FoxNews, CNN, and other news agencies.
    Though I know for you couch-heroes imagining that the Iraqi people actually wanted us there is a hard pill to swallow when all you hear about is suicide bombers and IEDs.
    The Iraqis did run out to us with flowers daily (yes even the 110 degree days) and say “mister thankyou! … good bush!” (their way of saying they liked our president). To say that we didn’t see people give us dirty looks and pull their children inside the house when we drove by or have people shoot RPGs at us and throw grenades at us is also not true. But for every asshole that fired a weapon at me there were a dozen that brought me and my men food, flowers, gifts, and friendship. And only hearing about the stories that are the MINORITY seems like quite a shame. So that brings us back to the intent of this one Lieutenant Colonel… and more specifically a Major under his command who sold the idea to him… which was to spread the story about what OUR UNIT was experiencing in Iraq and send these letters to the soldier’s hometown newspaper (or the nearest newspaper available… as it proved to be very difficult to find hometown newspapers for guys who lived in podunk alabama).
    About the soldiers who said they had no idea that the letter existed or had never read it. We didn’t send one letter for every soldier. We sent a letter if it had the soldiers signature on it. Each letter sent on behalf of a soldier had that soldier’s signature on it. No one was forced. If signatures were forged it was done by someone in the company chain of command. If a soldier didn’t read what he signed (which is quite common amongst the lower enlisted) then that’s on him.
    I was never a proponent of this idea, but it was inflated in the media as something much more than it was… a scandal. It had good intentions, and wasn’t the best idea. But it was not a conspiracy

    Name withheld.

  8. I appreciate you posting, though it would’ve been nice if you had left a name. I’m always open to hearing from someone who has first-hand knowledge of the things we discuss here on SEB. I only take exception to the description of us a “couch-heroes” as I don’t think any of us here think we’re heroes of any sort nor do any of us not appreciate what you guys in the armed forces are attempting to do regardless of how we feel about the commander-in-chief and his decisions.

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