Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither, and lose both.
-- Benjamin Franklin

One soldier’s letter

From the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire:

A Matter of Survival
By George Sprague
Concord Monitor | Letter

Thursday 28 October 2004

When I was home in New Hampshire on leave last month, a lot of people approached me to tell what a good job we’re doing here in Iraq.

I appreciate the support, but I don’t need the media or those people to tell me what I see every day. We are not getting the job done.

People ask me, “How’s it going over there?” Cities have been overrun and are in a state of lawlessness. My job brings me into the streets. I see these things as they happen. They aren’t just headlines for me. All we are doing here is treading water, and at this rate we can’t keep afloat much longer. I’m just a simple man, but I can see that everything this administration has done with Iraq has been dead wrong.

We appreciate your support, but we can’t see those yellow ribbons from here. I ask that you let your vote show your support. I don’t know what you go to bed thinking, but I go to bed wondering not how many more years of this administration I can handle but how many more days I might survive.

George Sprague
Balad, Iraq

The writer, who lives in Hillsboro, is a member of a National Guard unit serving at Camp Anaconda, a large logistical support area about 45 miles north of Baghdad.

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