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Early Warning by William M. Larkin Washigton Post

I've been mulling over an NBC Nightly News report from Iraq last Friday in which a number of soldiers expressed frustration with opposition to war in the United States.

I'm sure the soldiers were expressing a majority opinion common amongst the ranks - that's why it is news - and I'm also sure no one in the military leadership or the administration put the soldiers up to expressing their views, nor steered NBC reporter Richard Engel to the story.

I'm all for everyone expressing their opinion, even those who wear the uniform of the United States Army. But I also hope that military commanders took the soldiers aside after the story and explained to them why it wasn't for them to disapprove of the American people.

Friday's NBC Nightly News included a story from my colleague and friend Richard Engel, who was embedded with an active duty Army infantry battalion from Fort Lewis, Washington.

Engel relayed how "troops here say they are increasingly frustrated by American criticism of the war. Many take it personally, believing it is also criticism of what they've been fighting for."

First up was 21 year old junior enlisted man Tyler Johnson, whom Engel said was frustrated about war skepticism and thinks that critics "should come over and see what it's like firsthand before criticizing."

"You may support or say we support the troops, but, so you're not supporting what they do, what they're here sweating for, what we bleed for, what we die for. It just don't make sense to me," Johnson said.

Next up was Staff Sergeant Manuel Sahagun, who is on his second tour in Iraq. He complained that "one thing I don't like is when people back home say they support the troops, but they don't support the war. If they're going to support us, support us all the way." (CONTINUED.......)

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"With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. "

That is the biggest crock of shit I ever heard. It doesn't take religion for good people to do evil things, it just takes being human.

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"Because I'm not a moron."

Another disputable non-answer.

Goose Creek SC
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"Or did you just mean that they didn't explain how nuclear weapons were made, why somebody would fire them at us, or what the effects of radiation had on the human body?"

That's right. They didn't tell me about the cold war, the arms race, Project Hardtack, politics in general etc etc etc. They just told me to put my head under the desk. Or, on occasion they would take us out in the halls and make us get in the fetal position.

Why is it so difficult for you to believe this?

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I can't even decipher that last retort Lucky. You are becoming unintelligible. Hello (hello)? Is there anybody in there (in there)? Your lips move but I can't hear what you say ...........

Goose Creek SC
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Dont explain if you dont know the answer to what really happened and like I said or asked " memory from when you were 4 years old is so outstanding!!!"

Imperial MO
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Lucky please take Imperfecto with you to your remedial grammar class.

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"And your teacher said these words or the other which was it?"

Lucky, let me give you a little grammar lesson. When I use quotation marks -- you do know what quotation marks are, don't you? -- those a the little things that look like this " ..... you know, you usually see them surrounding a word or phrase ... like:

Joe said, "I want a hamburger".

Well, if I use quotation marks that means the words were actually spoken by someone.

Now I could write something like:

Joe told me he was hungry.

But did Joe actually say "I am hungry"? No. He said he wants a hamburger.

Simple grammar skills go a long way. Perhaps you should take a remedial class at your local community college.

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I thought they TOLD you..........."When I was a kid they told me to put my head under the desk and practice for when the communists were going to blow me up"

Really? And your teacher said these words or the other which was it?

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You should lay off the crack pipe Lucky. My story didn't change. That's the effect of mind altering halucinagens you are experiencing.

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funny about how you change your story and how your memory from when you were 4 years old is so outstanding!!!

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