Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A helping hand

Each day the men and women of the U.S. armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan not only fight the enemy, but they also put their sweat and energy into projects to improve the lives of Iraqi and Afghan citizens.

In Anbar Province, Marines of the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5 have partnered with Dr. Dhea Mijwal Shami Maadahidi, an Iraqi surgeon and manager of Rutbah General Hospital, to provide medical assistants to residents of the outlying cities of Nukayb and Akashat.

“It’s a great feeling to be able to go to these towns and provide health assistance that is hard to come by for those people,” said Dhea. “I always like to do good things for people and increase their hope in my work.”

The Marines will provide logistical support and security.

This little story represent just one of the thousands of ways the U.S. continues to make a difference in the lives of Iraqi and Afghan people.

Granted, much work remains. Many areas in both countries still lack basic infrastructure.

This is why we must not quit before the we complete the mission.

We cannot win the war on terror simply by killing bad guys. The bigger picture consists of creating stable governments in these countries.

The popular position on the left right now consists of pulling out of Iraq and sending more troops to Afghanistan. In reality, some draw down of forces in Iraq probably makes sense, and we clearly need more troops in Afghanistan.

But I have little doubt that this is simply political posturing. Within months, the Dems will start crying to pull American troops out of Afghanistan as well.

The sad truth is that many American lack the fortitude win this war.

Politicians who would simply walk away from what they call a "failed policy" seem to have no regard to the damage that it would do, not only to American security, but the people of Iraq as well.

3 comments:

Ky Woman said...

Michael,

what milblogs do you currently read? I've got a long list of those who have been in or are still in Iraq and Afghanistan, if you are interested...

One word of caution though, they are addictive...I know, I've been addicted for over a year now. I'm not looking for a cure anytime soon. Please feel free to contact me. I could put you in touch with some of "our Guys".

btw, I'm not too far up the road from Lexington.

Michael Maharrey said...

I would love for you to send the links to two or three of the best blogs. I'll link to them from my blog.

Honestly, I haven't had time to read a whole lot. I'm pushing it just to keep up with the research to complete my posts.

Definitely keep me up to date!
mike

Ky Woman said...

You could just drop by my little blog and see the list I have yourself... Pick and choose yourself. I'm biased on several. ;-)

Be prepared to become engrossed with what you will be reading though...

These men have done so much more than what they can write about. OpSec, ya know?