It was nice to hear the US soldiers will be pulling out of Iraq. We have lost enough of our good men and women to a country that doesn't want us there. After a nine year battle with Islam's Extremists, it's time to throw in the towel and let our men and women come home. After visiting Iraq in 2003, my heart goes out to the men and women who have spent years in the country. As you drive around the country you can see the buildings and homes that have been destroyed by war and the dirt stings your eyes from all the bombings. I worry about all the cancers and health problems the soldiers will have once they return home and the PTSS, the soldiers will have to face when they return to their homeland.
The country has lived at war since it's existence and will continue to live at war with one another. Our American Soldiers occupying the country isn't going to change that. War is a way of life for the Iraqi people. The United States can not change what is in the Iraqi peoples hearts and minds and our country is in an economic struggle of it's own and can not afford to continue to pay for the war in Iraq. The United States didn't learn their lesson in Vietnam or Afghanistan. What makes our government think Iraq would be any different? Afghanistan hasn't changed, their political activity is hidden better. Yes, I feel somewhat sorry for some of the Iraqi people who have fallen victims to their political system. But, the United States can't help everyone.
We are in a country that doesn't want us there. As an American visiting the country, you have to disguise you are an American or risk being killed. Sure, a few select Iraqi people want us there, but there are too many that despise our existence in their country and don't want us there. Therefore, it is best to leave them to their own fate. Islamic Jihad is a way of life in Iraq, just as it is in many of the Middle Eastern countries. You can't change a country that has been brain washed by it's religion and culture. It is a waste of time to even try and change their way of life or the way they think.
I wish all the American soldiers and very Merry Christmas and pray for the their safe return to their families. This will be one of the best Christmas's ever to have their loved ones home for the holidays.