Sunday, May 27, 2007

Doubts Grow as G.I.’s in Iraq Find Allies in Enemy Ranks
Published: May 27, 2007

BAGHDAD — Staff Sgt. David Safstrom does not regret his previous tours in Iraq, not even a difficult second stint when two comrades were killed while trying to capture insurgents.

“In Mosul, in 2003, it felt like we were making the city a better place,” he said. “There was no sectarian violence, Saddam was gone, we were tracking down the bad guys. It felt awesome.”

But now on his third deployment in Iraq, he is no longer a believer in the mission. The pivotal moment came, he says, this past February when soldiers killed a man setting a roadside bomb. When they searched the bomber’s body, they found identification showing him to be a sergeant in the Iraqi Army.

“I thought, ‘What are we doing here? Why are we still here?’ ” said Sergeant Safstrom, a member of Delta Company of the First Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division. “We’re helping guys that are trying to kill us. We help them in the day. They turn around at night and try to kill us.”

Someone I know who has been to Iraq 2 times already told me not too long ago that Iraq was "Like being in L.A. during a gang riot, and not knowing who the bad guys are." Sounds about right.


At 7:24 PM, Blogger Paddy said...

Too much sadness.

At 7:29 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

I'm going out to dinner tonight...there goes my appetite.

At 10:39 PM, Anonymous John Aravosis' Neighbor Barbara said...

This is SO much like Vietnam, it isn't even funny.

Never thought for a moment that anyone of my generation would fall for this crap again. 'Course the idiots in charge never WERE in Vietnam and apparently learned absolutely NOTHING from that debacle.


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