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I’m a Canadian living a life you have described in your BLOG.
I reap the benefits of comfortable life, that you soldiers put your life in danger for.

Although I do not agree with the current policy makers toward the war in Iraq, I just wanted to say thank U my American friend for giving your best at these dire circumstances. So us the home-FOBBITS can enjoy peace at home..

I do not forget for a minute what you sacrifice out there…and wish you a safe return to your home.

"War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothin'!"

See my BLOG entry under “War! What is it good for? ” at my personal blog.


Why are you there?

For that mom and dad, who now have a chance to dye their fingers purple when they vote for a government that actually represents them... for the little girl who no longer has to fear being raped by Saddam's sons or ending up in a mass grave... for the boy who can now get an education and grow up to care for a family of his own without a dictator's wrath hanging over his head... for the little baby who will grow up knowing of Saddam only through story, and not experience... for the next generation, who will not have to endure the things this generation endured because of your work. The German and Japanese people growing up today don't have to endure the things they had to endure in 1945-1950, because of the work of our parents and grandparents. Iraq, a generation from now, will be similarly transformed.

Poverty is always tough, and poverty in a war zone is worse. But making the world a better place by transforming the culture of the Middle East (one small step at a time) makes it worth it.

I'm glad for your service.


Just checking in to see how you're doing today?

Patrick Lasswell

60 Minutes' Andy Rooney is lying about you: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/09/30/60minutes/main892398.shtml and me and all the other people serving.

"We're spending $200 million a year on bullets alone. That's a lot of target practice. We have 1,155,000 enlisted men and women and 225,000 officers."

We are in the middle of a shooting war and this useless idiot doesn't take the time to do the math that $145 a year is not a lot of money with which to train soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines to use their small arms. Especially when that same money is paying for combat operations rounds expended.

My Navy Reserve unit deploys to the beach and is expected to be able use our weapons to defend ourselves. We have to go begging for ammunition to qualify each year. We have zero rounds available for target practice.

A lot of winning a war is the willingness to show up, be miserable, and stick around until the other guy gives up. By winning this war, you are doing a lot to shut up people with airtime who have outlived their integrity.

Thank you for being miserable for your country. Thank you for sticking around until the other guy gives up. Thank you for shutting up Andy Rooney by being better soldiers than they deserve or are willing to pay for.

Thank you, sir.


I lost someone I dearly loved in this war. He wasn't killed by bombs or bullets but he died serving his country just the same. Onre of his buddies made an illegal turn into the path of a vehicle goinh in excess of 100 mph. He then lied about it and said terrrorists hit them from behind on purpose.

For over a year we lived with that and tried to handle it onmly to find out at the trial he lied by his own admission. Except for the people who let us know of his death and helped bury him, his unit was not allowed to offer comfort or support. Since the trial was over they still never even sent a card or letter.

I could be botter and ask why were are there and why he had to dies. He had to be bound together with his bullet proof vest just so we could open his casket.

He left behind 4 little girls aged 7 months to 7 years old. He was a decorated local police Officer. He was 32 years old when he died. After 9/11 he joined the Navy in case his country needed him. He went gladly but that didn't mean he Wanted to leave his kids without a dad.

Why did he go? Because of those kids. And because of those Iraqi kids and the kids in Afgfhanistan. He went for that purple ink on the finger of people he never met so they could put that ink on their finger when before just thinking abut it could get them killed.

He went for Somalia, the USS Cole, and our bombed emnbassies. He went because of 9/11. He went because those terrorists want to destroy us, one because if we are defeated, then they feel Europe will be a piece of cake! Two, because those terrorists hate everything we stand for. They WILL destroy us if they can. They have no intention of giving up.

He went and you all went so that when you re-read what you just wrote, you will not be talking about America and every country in the world if they succeed.


I like to think I know what I would do in your situation, but there is no way to know without being there. The situation of the family you describe is very moving and as one with two young boys I can relate. Is that family (hypothetical or not) not what you are there for? The average Iraqi family now has a chance to thrive, its obviously going to be very tough, but they now have an opportunity that never existed before. You and your soldiers provided that opportunity.


Hey Currie....
I hate to hear you sounding so melancholy again. This has obviously been an incredibly tough tour for you- I wish it wasn't so.

The next time you, or one of your Soldiers questions why you are there- remember the kids you gave shoes to. Remember election day, and how people in America didn't vote because it was a rainy day, but people in Afghanistan and Iraq risk death in order to proudly display that purple finger. Remember the fear expressed by Iraqi's when they think about Saddam's regime. Remember how it feels to walk down the streets at home without armor, guns, or bombs- because that's what we're hoping the Iraqi's will be able to do some day. Remember the brotherhood forged by war. Remember 9/11...because we never want another day like that in American history.

That's why you're there, Rusten. Not just because your country wants you there. It's because you're needed.

Three months to go, Rusten.... only 3 months, and you'll be home. Remember that too.


Hang in there, guy. I hear you. I've been in the same position, both the one who went, and have been left behind.
Reenlistment can be a bitch.

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