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Going Back To War.....Again.
Last night, my husband and I were watching "The Colbert Report". Both he and I are Marines, and have been to deployed to Iraq. Some Marines who go to Iraq only stay on base, never going outside of the wire and see no action. This usually depends on their job and their unit. My husband I both saw more action in Iraq than most Marines, always going outside of the wire.
My husband is an artillery Marine, and I am a motor transport operator (combat driver who drives 7-ton). I was severely injured during my last few weeks in Iraq. I lost a gall bladder, appendix, an ovary, a Fallopian tube, and lost 5 feet of intestines. It was during a sandstorm, and the improvised explosive device, IED, was buried in 4 feet of sand. I don't even remember the event, I just remember flashes of what I think that happened.
The blast also gave me a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, so now I have chronic migraines and seizures. I have nightmares about the blast, it killed my friend who was in the truck. I was told it was not my fault, I couldn't have known. A person was on a bridge close by when he detonated the IED by using a cell phone; though, that doesn't make the nightmares go away. There is no way the Marines would ever send me back, but with military luck, that means I really am going back.to Iraq.
So while we were in bed, we saw how the new terrorist organization "ISIS" is so extreme, the Taliban and Al Queda think they are too extreme. The Taliban were the ones who planted the IED which injured me. When we heard how extreme they were, my husband and I shared a worried glance. Colbert reported that ISIS is the WORLD's richest terrorist organization, they are worth 2.5 billion dollars.
The United States will send 275 Marines to the region. The United States Marine Corps is actually not a branch of the military, we are a department of the Navy. The special thing about the Marines is the President of the United States can deploy as many Marines as he wants, to where ever he wants, and he does not need the Senate's approval. That is why the Marines are called "The Presidents Own".
When Paul and I heard that only 275 Marines, which is the size of a company (4 platoons). At the same time in unison, we said "suicide mission". 275 Marines can accomplish a lot (a lot more than other branches), but this amount is irresponsible. There will be high casualties if they carry this out.
I looked over to Paul and said "I want to go". It's hard to explain, but Marines like action, even if there will be high casualties. It's just the way we are trained. In our training,one of our cadences are "One shot, one kill. Ready to die, but never will". Paul chided me and said "You have seizures and almost died last time. You paid your price already. They won't let you go. Plus, I doubt that they will takes females on this. We already earned our stripes, let some boot earn his. If worst comes to worst, I will go again".
Seeing all the cities in Iraq that the Marines cleared of terrorists, like Fallujah, being taken over by ISIS, is demoralizing. What did all my friends die for? What is the point? I don't know.
When our 8-year daughter asks why mommy and daddy went to war, we always reply "So you won't have to". I don't know if that is true anymore.