I’m deployed in Iraq…again, and I have on occasion been asked this question. Being out here first hand, I feel I may be able to inform and/or enlighten some people on the topic who may be in question. Anyways I think this topic possibly could make for a good discussion. Here’s my spill. Please read.
Why are we here?
We are here protecting the US and the World from terrorism, but mostly protecting the Iraqi Nation (the people) from terrorism and insurgency, and building & training up their Nation (security forces and military) to stand, fight, and prevail against the terrorist and insurgents.
I don't know if you follow the war. But the Iraqi people suffer the mass majority of the attacks, especially casualty & fatality wise. The terrorist are more afraid of us (US Military) cause we're strong, so they in turn cowardly attack the weak, being their own people with no regard at all. To them (the terrorist/insurgents) anyone who believes in a just cause and/or a Democratic government, and also befriends the US is fair game. It's sad really.
No, we (US Military) are not bullies, and Bush is not a tyrant
(though he may not be an angel either, but very few are), though some ignorant people that really don't know what's going on out here may tend to think differently.
We are here protecting and supporting the Iraqi's.
We are putting our lives on the line; standing post at many of their installations, road check points, and also patrolling their streets keeping them "more" safe for the Iraqi's to freely move about on; just to name a few.
Heck, we could just up and leave Iraq before they (Iraqi Security Forces) are adequately able to fend for themselves against the insurgency. But I ask, would that really be a just and righteous thing to do? Just follow MSNBC, CNN, and/or FOX News and see how many innocent non-combatants are killed and/or injured from attacks almost daily.
Yes, 9/11 happened and we decided to strike back. I know going through your head right now is, “ but wasn’t Bin-Laden behind those attacks?” Well yes, but it all goes full circle. Believe it or not, there were (and still are) some bad people with power in Iraq that supported the terrorist. I won’t lie; “maybe” initially our motives were partly to seek vindication (i.e. you hit me – I hit you back). But now it’s definitely something much greater than that. We are here to Liberate Iraq (being accomplished) and to head up the Global War on Terrorism.
God Bless America