(Reuters) - U.S. Staff Sergeant Kendrick Manuel swung his rifle over his shoulder and grumbled about being viewed as a "non-combat" soldier in Iraq.
"When NBC talked about the last combat troops are gone, they made it sound like everything is basically over," he said, after escorting a 19-truck convoy through a part of northern Iraq where roadside bombs and mortar attacks are still a danger.
"To us it was like a slap in the face, because we are still here ... we are still going in harm's way every time we leave out of the gate," Manuel said at a U.S. military base, Camp Speicher, near Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit.
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Answer by stacymomof2 at 8:36 PM on Sep. 13, 2010
The war wasnt OVER just because Bush said it was and the combat is not over just because Obama said it was. if ANYTHING he has probably left our troops MORE vulnerable because now the enemy knows we arentat full strength and the ones that are there have their hands tied by non combat rules of engagement! I think he should have pulled them ALL out or left it a combat zone so the ones that are STILL IN HARMS WAY could continue to receive combat pay and benefits...but wth Obama got his shiny I-ended-the-fighting star so everyone can move on I guess....
Answer by momof030404 at 8:38 PM on Sep. 13, 2010
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Answer by Iamgr8teful at 9:34 PM on Sep. 13, 2010
think the troops are smart enough to know that the current Commander in Chief never supported them in the first place.
Thats stupid. Wha has he done to make you feel that way? Send them over there ill equipt, nope that was his predacessor. Say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED like a SECOND in,.,.nop again...please...that is just a DUMB SMEAR LINE
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:42 PM on Sep. 13, 2010
I'm sure people who work for the military know the drill.
I know when the CEO of my Co puts an editorial in the paper, the picture he paints is generally much different from what actually happens within our facility. Further, I can unequivocally state that I doubt my Co CEO knows what I do on a daily basis-he understands how to run a hospital but the day to day details and responsibilities are shouldered by others.
Answer by Sisteract at 9:52 PM on Sep. 13, 2010