I can't for the life of me remember where I stole these pictures. My apologies to whoever it was from.
For those who don't know, I am a Vietnam vet. I was in country from Jan. 5, 1968 to Jan. 4, 1969, or close to it, not exactly sure on the dates. I was a Huey crewchief attached to a signal battalion. Our main mission was ferrying people and parts to wherever lz or whatever hilltop they were needed. Not the worst duty but definitely not the best either! I lucked out and came home with only a small schrapnel scar, and a bit of a drinking problem. The rumors you may have heard about soldiers getting spit on---true. Those were not the best of days.
I am writing this post to explain why we HAVE to stay in Iraq. About 3 million Americans spent a year or more in Vietnam. Over 58,000 of our friends and comrades never saw home again. Hundreds of thousands are STILL screwed up either physically or mentally or both. There are about 195,000 HOMELESS vets in America today. I believe at least half of them are Vietnam vets. These people, these sacrifices, these losses, the STILL missing in action, THEY WERE ALL FOR NOTHING!!!! We stuck our tail between our legs and we ran home!! The fucking lefties can say what they want, but that is EXACTLY what we did! John Kerry, Jane Fonda, and the SCUM TRAITORS like them can ROT IN HELL as far as I'm concerned. I will fight with my last breath to make sure this country NEVER dishonors our Heros like that again! John McCain understands. I KNOW he feels the same way I do. Clinton and Obama can go pound sand! They have absolutely no clue.
We have lost over 4000 people in Iraq now. The number will go up. Those 4000 plus people have a right to have their sacrifice honored. The best way to do that is to make sure WE WIN!! No leaving until Iraq can stand on its own two feet. Anything less and we dishonor all those who have fought and died. Another point is this, if America "cuts and runs" again, we will NEVER be taken seriously again!! If we stay and finish what we started, others will know that when the U.S. speaks, they had better listen!
If you believe this makes sense, PLEASE PLEASE pass the sentiment along. Pass this post along if you wish. I know a lot of Americans question whether we should have gone over in the first place, so do I, BUT it's what we do about it now that counts. It's all we still have control over. I am quite sure that most Americans now feel obligated to finish up what we started, I sure hope so. But that wont likely happen with either Clinton or Obama at the wheel. They just plain don't know how to drive!