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The Iraq War and My Take on It

Updated on June 19, 2009

I remember when September 11 happened. I was on leave back home and my uncle woke me up to turn the TV on and watch what was going on in New York. I could not believe it and I called my base in Portland Oregon to find out if I had to go back. I was told to stay put and be back as scheduled.

I got back to my base and many preparations were going on to make sure if my unit was called we would be ready. The call never came and instead other units more of special forces were used for Afghanistan.

Like any US Marine I wanted to be part of the fight, where? I did not know. We were in constant alert but again the call never came so I had to wait until 2006 to be able to deploy to Iraq. I know the war in Iraq was widely accepted in the beginning, whether it was faulty intelligence or a conspiracy like many claim and I will say I do not believe it was. We were there and obviously the nature of the war changed after the Saddam government fell.

Many said that we should leave after it was liberated and let the Iraqis handle the situation. I was in the opinion that since we literally left towns in rubbles all over Iraq it was our responsibility to clean the mess and once it was stable then give the job to Iraqis.

Of course the insurgents made it very difficult for the reconstruction and that was their aim. Disrupt, kill as many as Americans as possible and make sure the news covered it because there would be outrage against the US government if the public saw it and that's exactly what happened. Unfortunately Americans began to die and as a result the sentiment for the war changed to criticism.

4th CAG Marines having fun

I went to Iraq in 2006 as part of a civil affairs unit. Our mission was to reach out to the Iraqis and help them rebuild their land by initiating projects and establishing relationships between the military and the civilian population. We did many projects such as building schools, distributing toys to children, generating jobs with different projects and sadly I have to say that during the whole time that I was in Iraq none of the stories made it to the news back home. The TV networks would only report the trajedy and the controversial incidents I assume because it was all about ratings.

I remember we had several reporters coming in to embed with our unit, and most times they would ask to be placed with the teams with the most danger to catch some action. We would always have missions to raech out to the local population but they would rather join teams with missions that would involve raids, arrests, or any type of combat.

I thinks the war in Iraq has been seen by two sides. the ones who have been there and and have seen the progress and the ones here who unfortunately have seen mostly the negative aspects.

May all the ones who have fallen rest in peace and the familes find comfort.

Semper Fi

Marines and Army working together
Marines and Army working together


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    • Ruben Rivera profile image

      Ruben Rivera 8 years ago from Colorado, US

      I respect your opinion Ralph and thanks for respecting mine. the way i see it we went into someone's house and destroyed it knowing it was a mistake I think it would be dishonorable to leave the country in chaos. I think had we left Iraq a couple of years ago. It would be a hotbed for terrorism just like Afghanistan in the 90's. We helped the Afghan fighters against the Russians an once they left we said good bye, and what happened next, Afghanistan became the planning grounds for 9-11. It is true so much people have died but speaking as a military person the job just was not complete.

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      Ralph Deeds 8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      I congratulate you for your service, but I disagree strongly with your conclusion. As I'm sure you're now aware, Iraq had nothing to do with the 9-11 attack by Al Qaida. Nearly 4,000 Americans and upwards of 100,000 Iraqis have died in a reckless, unnecessary war which has increased the number of terrorists and anti-American feeling throughout the world, not to mention nearly bankrupting the U.S. treasury. I'm sure some conditions have approved, but most of the Christians have been driven out of the country, and women's rights are not recognized as they were before our invasion. I'll look forward to reading your future hubs. Best wishes.