The Americans are not giving up
Matt Sanchez, a Marine reservist, presently embedded with The 1-4 Cav in Baghdad, reports. Let us take a little trip - take a little trip, with me:
"Iraqi kids are plentiful, and unabashed by the presence of American military."
"...what is striking is how unafraid the children are of towering soldiers in complete body armor, dark glasses and imposing weaponry."
"On one block, the 1-4 Cav is such a frequent guest that the children follow them around. Despite the heat, heavy body armor and the constant threat of enemy attack, I have never seen a member of the military lose his or her temper..."
"I talked to one young boy who insisted on a picture (the girls are far more shy):
"Are you in school?" He nodded.
"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
"I want to be a doctor."
The boy was 13 years old and living in a country that had many problems, but beyond imagination children know no boundaries. Tomorrow, this child will inherit an Iraq that is built – or destroyed – today."
"Where do you want to live? Do you want to leave Iraq?"
"No, I want to live here in my neighborhood."
"Are you afraid of Americans?"
"I love them!"
"Because they don't shoot at us."
We must not abandon Iraq. Victory!
Also blogging the surge:
Skye,BillT,Donald, and Mike.
If you are also blogging surge news, let me know and of course Grizzly Mama will include your link!