Iraq Getting Worse For Troops
The number of U.S troops wounded in Iraq has surged to its highest monthly level in nearly two years as American GIs fight block-by-block in Baghdad to try to check a spiral of sectarian violence that U.S. commanders warn could lead to civil war.
Now, I’m no Pollyanna here. I acknowledge that this is a war and you’re going to have casualties. That’s what these men and women signed up for, and there is absolutely no confusion about that.
However, what our troops didn’t sign up for was anemic leadership unwilling to change given new situations and new threats in what has become the terrorist magnet du jour in the Middle East. And when new terrorists come into the country, more of our men and women die. That we don’t have a plan to stem that flow, 4 YEARS after we started this thing, is unconscionable.
Bush. Cheney. Rumsfeld. Please, quit failing our troops. The cost will be too great because we’ll soon see those failures translate into a vote of no confidence in the military career in general, with many not signing back up to defend our country. The trend is already apparent.
My point is that while soldiers will follow orders, even the most disciplined fighter starts to wonder if his Commander in Chief has his country’s best interests at heart when plans haven’t changed and things continue to get worse. And in the WoT, we can’t afford to lose the hearts of minds of those who will be on the front line in our battle against the forces of extremist Islam.