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Iraq Report from 7 GI’s currently serving there

While we wait for the September whitewash White House report (formerly known as the Petreous Report) we would do well to read an interem report penned by 7 GI's currently finishing up their 15 month tour of duty in Iraq.

The report, by Specialist Buddhika Jayamaha,  Sgt. Wesley D. Smith,  Sgt. Jeremy Roebuck, Sgt. Omar Mora, Sgt Edward Sandmeier, Staff Sgt. Yance T. Gray and Staff Sgt. Jeremy A. Murphy appears as an Op-Ed column in today's New York Times.

What they say comes after the fold… 

To believe that Americans, with an occupying force that long ago outlived its reluctant welcome, can win over a recalcitrant local population and win this counterinsurgency is far-fetched. As responsible infantrymen and noncommissioned officers with the 82nd Airborne Division soon heading back home, we are skeptical of recent press coverage portraying the conflict as increasingly manageable and feel it has neglected the mounting civil, political and social unrest we see every day…

Given the situation, it is important not to assess security from an American-centered perspective. The ability of, say, American observers to safely walk down the streets of formerly violent towns is not a resounding indicator of security. What matters is the experience of the local citizenry and the future of our counterinsurgency. When we take this view, we see that a vast majority of Iraqis feel increasingly insecure and view us as an occupation force that has failed to produce normalcy after four years and is increasingly unlikely to do so as we continue to arm each warring side…

In the end, we need to recognize that our presence may have released Iraqis from the grip of a tyrant, but that it has also robbed them of their self-respect. They will soon realize that the best way to regain dignity is to call us what we are — an army of occupation — and force our withdrawal.

Read the entire article here (free registration required). 

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