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November 19, 2005

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dave

Greetings Major K. I'm a big fan and love the on-the-scene insights you provide. I witnessed an exchange last night (Nov 21,2005) between a retired army general (in favor of withdrawl) and retired marine general (against) about this very topic on the Lerher Newshour (PBS). I could not help but think of your post about how "minimum abilities like email and literacy" are not present over there, and how this is hampering our efforts to train their military and police. It is clear that your version of the situation is not making it to the Lefties back home who want to quit.

Keep up the good work, our prayers are with you and your family.

Pat in NC

Thanks for a sensible post that spells out the needed steps toward a successful mission. The military has my complete support.

Lisa Gilliam

Major K much thanks to you and the rest of our service people over there.it is a shame that we have people and a sorry excuse of a press who care more about politics than they are about National security.It stinks!

Ledger

I agree with you Major K.

Notifying our enemies is a horrible idea! With that knowledge the enemy would just hunker down and reemerge as soon as we leave. Due do Iraq's strategic position and huge oil wealth, criminal elements would swoop down and pick it apart. Worse, it could become breading place for terrorists who have significant wealth and the ability to buy very destructive weapons. These terrorists would certainly strike America again. We could end-up fighting them on our shores. That is a horrible thought.

George A. Wojtowycz

Terrorism is as much a political war as it is a tactical one. When "major hostilities" ended, we should have put security and infrastructure first, not disbanding the iraqi army with weapons. And why didn't we go in with enough troops? Why didn't we have enough troops to handle the looting when a full division was just across the border in Kuwait? And why did we let the economic situation there fester for so long that so many iraqis are unemployed. And what happened to that 480 tons of ammo we allowed to just sit there? I'd say these things make all Iraqis feel a little bit uncared for. All these things, if taken care of, would have gone a long way towards changing that feeling and winning that political war. The over 2000 of our dead, and the hundreds of thousands of civilian dead were unnecessary deaths. And sir, I am a U.S. citizen born and bred. It is my right to question these things.

Major K.

Mr. Wojtowycz,

It is your right to "ask questions." But it is rather foolish to ask hindsight-based questions that or no longer relevant or to ask questions when you have no intention of listening to the answer. A legitimate question would be, "So what do we do now?" It is my job to protect your rights, however you choose to exercise them.

Patrick

I'm a vet and I have a son in the 3rd I.D. presently training Iraqi soldiers. We communicate quite often by I.M. and his comments and observations are nearly a mirror image of yours, Major K.

God bless you and your fellow soldiers in this daunting task. What you have done is already changing for the better, the complexion of the middle east.

We are proud of the job you are doing. Keep up the good work. As to the honorable Congressman Murtha, I do not question his patriotism, but I do question his wisdom.

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