Here is a chat with a young man from the west coast. The only information that has been changed is to protect the people’s identity. friend_of_TopOfTheThread’s sister is stationed in Iraq. His sister plans on attending medical school upon her return.
It is interesting to get a soldier’s family member’s opinions… (Stay with it. It is a chat so it may seem out of order at times.) Date of chat 6/21/08
topofthethread: Does she get American news or newspapers?
friend_of_TopOfTheThread: i think so
topofthethread: I admire everyone over there. I think they are doing a great job.
friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : do you have any relatives there?
topofthethread: No but a buddy of mine is in the marines. He was overseas and now is back in quantico.
topofthethread: Whether people agree or disagree with the “actions” overseas, it is important that our people feel supported
topofthethread: Does your sister and her group feel supported by us?
friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : I agree! I think that they know we’re behind them. It might be a bit disconcerting to hear the spiteful remarks of self-proclaimed liberals though.
topofthethread: I agree.
topofthethread: I can’t stand to hear it.
topofthethread: Does she feel like she’s in danger?
friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : it would be pretty naive if she didnt
topofthethread: Overall yes. But constantly.
friend_of_TopOfTheThread: what I don’t get is the sheer number of people claiming how f—ing supportive they are of the war but never dared join up. most people have no clue what being deployed actually means. its so hypocritical.
topofthethread: I would never imagine, pretend, to have any clue as to what it is like. We should simply 100% support the people.
topofthethread: And we should have a real strategy.
friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : being a relative of someone over there, I’m in favor of pulling the troops out as soon as possible. But everyone keeps telling me that this attitude would be destructive. how the heck would they know what’s best in this situation? noone does.
friend_of_TopOfTheThread: the war is a fact. all we can do now is try to make the best of it.
topofthethread: Good point. The only fact is we have real, americans over there doing their jobs and risking their lives for us. That’s it. We do not know what would happen in any of the scenarios being presented.
friend_of_TopOfTheThread: exactly. but apparently, these real people have become a politcal toy.
topofthethread: Does your sister’s superiors give her any indication as to how long this action will last?
friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : nothing definite
friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : in the end, it comes down to gov policy
topofthethread: how long is she enlisted for?
friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : for X years. XX months to go.
topofthethread: You and your folks must be counting the minutes
friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : yeah
friend_of_TopOfTheThread: i tried to talk her out of it, but she’s serious about studying, and we could never afford uni (we’re ‘XXXXXXXXXXees’), so…
topofthethread: So she enlisted purely for the money for college?
friend_of_TopOfTheThread: no, if so, there would have been alternatives, the money offered kinda settled the discussion
topofthethread: Is she your younger sister?
friend_of_TopOfTheThread: nope, older
topofthethread: what would she say if you told her you were going to enlist?
friend_of_TopOfTheThread: I think she’d try to persuade me not to do it.
friend_of_TopOfTheThread: after all, if all this was really for our country, and not just in the interest of it, I probably wouldn’t hesitate.
friend_of_TopOfTheThread: i don’t think the military would want me, though. I’m ….XXXXXXX
friend_of_TopOfTheThread: so…who are you gonna vote for?
topofthethread: Not sure. For such a great country, the choices are… McCain has more experience but I am afraid he will follow the current administration’s path. (If they had a plan it would have helped. Obama…
topofthethread: is this man of change but I have not seen any substance or answers.
topofthethread: My decision has not been made… yet…
topofthethread: And you?
friend_of_TopOfTheThread: not sure either. I don’t think experience is that important, after all, the president
friend_of_TopOfTheThread: is hardly gonna make any decisions without consulting his staff. And we live in a democratic system, so he doesn’t have that much power anyway. From the very start I was inclined to vote for Clinton, but she behaved crappily during the primaries.
topofthethread: i g2g. I wish you and your sister all the best and her speedy / healthy return to you and your family. ……………………….
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Regardless of the political climate in the U.S. please support our troops.