September 1, 2010
Last night I did something I have not done previously; I listened to Mr. Obama give a speech on the ABC Nightly News.
Some 50,000 troops remain in Iraq, as Mr. Obama announced the “end of the war in Iraq”. Then, afterwards I listened to the commentary by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopolous.
There were several things that struck me about this news broadcast last evening. Some of the remaining troops were interviewed by a news correspondent. The reporter asked if they felt the war was over. One soldier responded, the others looking uneasy to respond to such a direct question. The soldier responded with:
“We are combat troops; we are still here and we still have a job to do. The name’s changed, but the mission is pretty much the same.” The reporter pressed the soldier further, “So, you don’t feel like combat is done?” to which the soldier replied “Not at all sir.”
Since March 19, 2003 4,427 Americans ages 18-60 have been killed in Iraq. In the month of August alone, as the war was winding down, there were 560 IED explosions in Iraq. The last American died in Iraq 10 days ago. Not one state of the United States of America has been spared loss of life since the beginning of the war.
I think the one statistic that was ‘quoted’ last evening that upset me the most was this one: 34,268 troops have been ‘wounded’ as of August 31, 2010.
COME ON AMERICA – wake up, educate yourselves, get informed, understand what is going on – whatever label you want to put on “get a reality check”.
Once again the media sanitizes war and tells the American people what the government wants the American people to hear. ANYONE who believes that only 34,000+ troops have been “wounded” is ignorant to the plight of our Veterans returning with PTSD and TBI. The media once again fails our Veterans and I wonder if anyone but me caught that "wounded” statistic.
As long as the media does not broadcast the fact that PTSD and TBI are WOUNDS OF WAR the American people will NEVER get it.
I am so aggravated…………