What the troops think

A woman on Hannity, who once talked to a member of the military, was just explaining that the troops want to stay in Iraq because the people there love them so much and things are going so well and the press is simply misrepresenting everything.

In this AP article, the troops, given the chance to speak for themselves are somewhat less sanguine.

“We’ve been here for 12 months now and there’s been no progress,” said Spc. Richard Johnson, 20, of Bridgeport, Conn., as he manned a machine gun on the rooftop of an outpost ringed by a shallow moat of sewage.

Nearby buildings have been leveled by rocket or tank fire, and others are riddled with bullet holes. The neighborhood only has electricity a few hours a day and most streets are barricaded with barbed wire and blast walls.

“It’s like holding a child’s hand. How long can you hold onto his hand before he does something on his own?” Johnson said. “How much longer do we have to get shot at or blown up?”

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1st Lt. Gerard Dow said he agreed with the commission’s assessment that the situation in Iraq was “grave and disappointing.”

“In Iraq, we try to win the hearts and minds of population,” said Dow, 32, of Chicago. “They want Americans out of here. They blame us for all their problems. They look at us as the terrorists and then they turn around and help the terrorists who are trying to kill us.”

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“U.S. soldiers are dying trying to help people who don’t want their help,” he said. “That makes you angry.”

Who are they gonna believe, a woman on Hannity or their lyin’ eyes?