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VictoriaNorthDakotaI guess a short blog will lead some to think I meant the “Surge” was the solo event that quelled the violence…I am aware of the” Anbar Awakening” and the admirable work by our troops prior to the “Surge “,but my intention was to briefly acknowledge the anniversary of the Iraq Evasion (not the surge), not to forget those combat troops that are still over there, and the domestic accomplishments that are often over looked. I also forgot to salute those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and their family and friends. …I hope this brief amendment to my blog will suffice.
NettieI did not write the blog in the first person
I did forget to acknowledge those that served in Iraq, and to honor those that re-enlisted, thanks for pointing that out.
Good article but to call the surge the solo event that quelled most of the violence is short sighted. Your article mentioned the 6th year of the war. The "surge" started in 06. I am sure that other vets who were working thier tails off in 03, 04 and 05 might say they did thier part to styme the insurgency. I was over in 04 down south near Basrah and between the Brits and the US Army they kept the battle from taking over the entire country. Everytime a Mahdi army political center would open in a village our boys watched, waited and the second it went from political to active participants they were on top of it and kept it from creating a new front or insurgent foothold. Thank you for posting such posative figures but plesae for anyone else reading this remember that GI's were fighting hard before the surge. Anyone else remember Faluja round 2?
Have you been there? Sounds like you haven't, but at least you put some decent stats on your blog. Too bad you didn't include the rate of re-enlistment in theater for the U.S. Army...