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Proud to be non-skeptical on Iraq

Marine Major Ben Connable has written a fine editorial regarding how America’s military feels about the current situation in Iraq. Thanks to Stan for bringing it to my attention.

Open optimism, whether or not it is warranted, is a necessary trait in senior officers and officials. Skeptics can be excused for discounting glowing reports on Iraq from the upper echelons of power. But it is not a simple thing to ignore genuine optimism from mid-grade, junior and noncommissioned officers who have spent much of the past three years in Iraq.”

I’m proud to be one of those noncommissioned officers.

Today is election day. Iraqis are voting. A mortar just went off in the distance. So what? The insurgents are going to lose and Iraqis are going to exercise free will by voting. Today is a great day and even though I am nervous and wary, I am honored to be participating in this process. History is being made in this nation today, and it will ripple outward from Baghdad across the Middle East and further.

Tsunamis wipe out everything in their path. It is my hope that by being here, I have played a small role in creating a tsunami that will scour Iraq, cleansing it of head choppers, bombers and dictators. When I’m an old man sitting on my porch in North Georgia drinking chai tea with my wife and watching the sunset, I hope an Iraqi will be waking up in Baghdad free to pursue his dream of building a business, writing a book or inventing something new he dreamed about while I was wide awake and living free back home.

UPDATE: Please take a moment to read “Iraq: Getting the Whole Picture.” It’s well worth your time.

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Mudville Gazette
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Many are about to come home, in fact – and this event makes a fine ending to a long effort. Others will “soldier on” – we can only hope with less opposition on many fronts. Enough of me; they speak for themselves… Trevor – The Will to Exist Today is election day. Iraqis are voting. A mortar just went off in the distance. So what? The insurgents are going to lose and Iraqis are going to exercise free will by voting. Today is a great day and even though I am nervous and wary, I am honored

Dad
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Hi Son,

To quote you: “Today is election day. Iraqis are voting. A mortar just went off in the distance. So what? The insurgents are going to lose and Iraqis are going to exercise free will by voting. Today is a great day and even though I am nervous and wary, I am honored to be participating in this process. History is being made in this nation today, and it will ripple outward from Baghdad across the Middle East and further.”

Trevor, I can’t fully express how proud I am of your part to provide a suppressed country with the opportunity to be free. Though you don’t recall the details, this is the second time in your life that you have observed a nation undergoing a new birth.

For your readers, the first time was at your age of one to five when we served in Bangladesh with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and the Christian Organization for Relief and Development (CORR). Now, 30 years later, the country of Bangladesh, though poor, is still free and choosing its own destiny.

As I write this, a calendar picture in front of me highlights Bangladeshi Rina Bala Das, 20, holding her first baby. To her right is Jutila, an MCC employed midwife. Rina and thousands of other Bangladeshi families experience a brighter future for their children because we were there.

Thanks for carrying on the tradition! About A.D 40, the apostle Paul (just to the west of you, in Damascus) said “As God’s chosen ones, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.” It appears you are doing just that.

Stay safe, son, and have a great Christmas!

Love, Dad

The Gunn Nutt
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A Date Which Will Live in History

Hooray for Iraq! Another sucessful election in which a huge percentage of the population showed up to exercise their God given right to determine their own future.

GunnNutt
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Thanks Trevor’s Dad! You did a great job raising this one. I’m proud of him, too.

Julian
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God bless you and your comrades in arms. I am now 60 and a little too old for the army to take me back in. My war was Vietnam. I hope we have learned not to break and run as a nation from the mistakes our politicans made during that era.

You soldiers are doing a great job. I am proud to be an American when I see and read what you are doing. Believe me, the vocal antiwar demonstrators and agitators criticizing the military are in a minority. You have many Americans that back you. We veterans of other wars know what you experience and why you are there and will back you 100%.

Take care of yourself. Say hello to your buddies from an old vet that wishes he could be there. Be careful and keep your head down. Stay safe.

Jeff Lowry
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People shouldn’t “ignore genuine optimism” from the Iraqi people either.

Trevor
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Thank everyone.

kat-missouri
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Thank you for a job well done. If you have contact with your Iraqi counterparts in uniform, tell them congratulations and a job well done.

Franc Reed
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I read an article today. An A.P. poll found a majority of Amermicans were in favor of staying in Iraq until we are finished. Thank you for all that you do and have done. You have alot more support than I had in Viet Nam in ’67/’68. Keep your head down and come home safe. B.I.A. Franc Reed 3/5 th Cav, 9th Infantry Division Viet Nam 1967/1968

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