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Plain Old Thanks

Yesterday, we celebrated Thanksgiving. I didn’t hear a single explosion all day. To all those who stood guard yesterday, thanks for your viligance.

I owe many others thanks as well. Thank you to my wife for supporting me while I’m deployed. Thanks, Mom and Dad for being moral compasses. Thanks Dad Chance, for your books and other help. Thanks Tim and the rest of the crew at EMJ for the morale boosting hygiene kit you sent us while we were training up to come here. Thanks Doug for finding me the stuff I don’t have time to find and sending it over. Thanks to so many of you who’ve supported me via this blog and other lifelines. I appreciate each and every one of you.

In return for your support, I’d like to let you know what I’ve learned since I arrived in Iraq. From Iraqis, I’ve heard stories about what Saddam did to their families. All of them have been bad. One example that comes to mind is the electrician I met who said his brother was killed by Saddam and it broke his mother’s heart. He told me that under Saddam he made $3 a day and that now he makes ten times as much. He sees a positive future for Iraq.

From my leadership, I’ve heard how we are fighting and winning the battle to crush the insurgency. And I’ve seen that despite the bureaucracy the inevitably comes with government, the coalition is here to build, while the insurgency is only here to destroy. Yesterday, my generals served my evening meal. I wonder what Al-Zarqawi did for his troops.

Al-Zarqawi has no new construction projects. He doesn’t have engineers on staff to bring people without plumbing running water. He won’t be seen risking his life to bring electric service into Sadr City. His people don’t work late into the night planning how they can make life better for the Iraqis. The coalition does all these things.”

If you’re one of the people who think that this isn’t a cooperative effort, you’re wrong. In any given day since I’ve been here, I’ve met Egyptians, Iraqis, Polish, Iranians, Turks, Peruvians, Brits, Georgians, Gurkhas, Indians and others. Hell, I even met a Frenchman. There are people of every nationality here, doing every job imaginable. In ways small and large, all these people are doing jobs that will lead to one result – more freedom of choice for more Iraqis.

So on behalf of one of those polyglot people working for a better future for Iraq and for humanity, I appreciate your support. Thank you for standing behind the builders and not the destroyers.

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The Gunn Nutt
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put two in the chest and one in the head with a reasonable degree of accuracy. Hope to see you soon you self-important piece of shit. Sgt. Snyder has lots more videos and a wonderful Thanksgiving post (I know, I’m a loser for not linking sooner) titled Plain Old Thanks .If you’re one of the people who think that this isn’t a cooperative effort, you’re wrong. In any given day since I’ve been here, I’ve met Egyptians, Iraqis, Polish, Iranians, Turks, Peruvians, Brits, Georgians, Gurkhas, Indians and others.

alisa
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I am so glad to hear something positive about everything going on there from someone who’s on the ground and running. I wish what you have written could be broadcasted by every media outlet from coast to coast. I am sorry that you had to miss the holiday season with your family, but am glad to hear that our leaders are out there providing motivation to their troops. Please let us know if you, or any of your fellow Soldiers need any items from home.

Thanks for everything you’re doing.

Mark
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I second Alisa’s comments. It’s nice to hear the viewpoint from the guy on the ground – sometimes you get the idea that every person in Iraq hates us. The following observation you made hits home – “Al-Zarqawi has no new construction projects. He doesn’t have engineers on staff to bring people without plumbing running water. He won’t be seen risking his life to bring electric service into Sadr City. His people don’t work late into the night planning how they can make life better for the Iraqis. The coalition does all these things.”

Good luck – hopefully that training starts to pay some dividends shortly and take some of the burden off you guys. The American public often lacks patience – personally, I would guess it would take a few more years to get that force trained where they have the capability to stand up and make a diff.

Stay safe – and put that 8lb monster on when you’re wandering around. :) (I picked up a WWII helmet the other day in a pawn shop – was stunned how heavy that sucker was – don’t think I’d have a neck left after wearing that sucker around for a few days.) :)

Keep on posting!
Mark

David Schantz
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I heard about your site when visiting Jake at American Liberty. I want to thank you and everyone that is serving with you for everything you have done for our country. I’m looking forward to the day I can post a Welcome Home to all of you at my site. Until then take care.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

Dwana
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Testify Trevor! You’re telling the truth about the insurgents and how they’re the ones destroying Iraq,while our side is the one trying to build it. I just wish people like Cindy Sheehan and Michael Moore would be honest enough to recognize that truth. I don’t understand those who, in the name of peace, are so quick to condemn you boys but are deafeningly silent on any violence committed by the insurgents. But enough about them. Trevor, you and your comrades keep up the good work, and know that there are real patriots back home cheering for you! Rock on dude!

Dwana
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Oops! Sorry about the double comment, Trevor. I thought my first comment didn’t go through, so I wrote another one, only to discover that my first comment DID post properly. How embarrasing! Feel free to delete my second comment, and this one too, if you want. Thanks for your understanding, and keep up the good fight!

Trevor
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Dwana,

Don’t worry about the double comment. I fixed it. You were commenting for the first time here, and it was moderated in a holding queue. I approved it, now you can comment to your heart’s content without any moderation.

David,

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your support and encouragement.

Mark,

I’m glad I have a modern helmet. No worries, I plan to keep posting.

Alisa,

What I’ve written is just the truth as I see it. It might not be getting broadcast by mainstream media outlets, but it’s still my reality, and I’m sharing it with the world right here on the Internet. I appreciate your continuing words of support.

GunnNutt
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Wow – you packed a heck of a lot of great info in this post. Thank you, Trevor!

Trevor
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You are welcome, Nutt :)

Donna, Los Osos, CA
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Good job! Simple facts…easy to understand…now, why can’t our mainstream media get it? You are all doing a great job, and we are proud of you! Thank you for all you do. God bless you.
Always grateful,
Donna

Trevor
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Thank you Donna. Your support is appreciated.

Mudville Gazette
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