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Interview with a True American Hero

Posted by iusbvision on October 9, 2007

       This week’s article will be a little different than most. Recently I had an opportunity to sit down with one of our country’s finest, a serviceman in the military. There is no better way to get an understanding of what is happening in Iraq than to speak directly with the soldiers. Due to restrictions set in place by the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) I am not able to release the identity of the interviewee. I am able to tell you that he has served during the last couple of years, and has recently returned from a surge deployment in the Middle East, arguably the most controversial part of the war.

Q:  Why did you choose to enlist in the military?
A:  Simple, college.

Q:  What do you think is the biggest threat to the United States today?

A:  The biggest threat is not war with another country, because of our ability to resolve things politically, and both countries fearing war. It is genuinely terrorism; the small single cell groups, working independently, getting through our boarders and making their moves. That’s what terrifies me. 

Q:  I am going to read two comments spoken earlier this year to you, one from Sen. John McCain and one from Sen. Harry Reid. Which statement is more accurate in your opinion and why?“For the first time since 2003, we have the right strategy. In Petraeus, we have a military professional who literally wrote the book on fighting this kind of war. And we will have the right mix and number of forces.” – John McCain“I believe … that this war is lost, and this surge is not
accomplishing anything, as is shown by the extreme violence in Iraq”- Harry Reid

A:  I would side with John McCain, and I know my fellow servicemen would do the same. Just because it’s a frustrating war doesn’t make it a lost war. I don’t want to do surge deployments any more than the next guy, but if I start believing that we aren’t accomplishing anything, that kind of morale hit to the serviceman would be terrible. Q:  Do you think it was the right or wrong thing to go into Iraq?A:  Right, but poorly planned and that is acting as a direct affect as to why I just returned from a surge deployment.
 

Q:  In your opinion, do the majority of soldiers want to end this war by
winning or by retreating?
A:  Winning, soldiers and sailors are some of the proudest Americans I will ever see and retreating would be demoralizing even if it is better for our well being.

Q:  Do you believe the coverage of the war has been fair to the military? 

A:  Hardly, because it changes so much depending on what source your going with. One day you might see something that leads you to believe that the war is won then the next you see 10 soldiers killed in battle.
 

Q:  What is your opinion of Blackwater USA?

A:  I think it’s a fine idea and I think the majority of my serviceman would agree. 

Q:  How do our troops react to the in-fighting between Bush and the Congress?

A:  The armed forces as a majority support our President, and from there they believe in the fight they are fighting. If Congress tries to cut the legs out from under us who do you think we would side with? 

Q:  What has been the most rewarding part of your experience?

A:  The most rewarding part of any experiences I have had, has been how much I have seen the world, how much my perspective has changed since I joined the military, and how much I have grown-up and matured. 

Q:  What is one of the ways your perspective has changed?

A:  How much I care about America, and how much I admire our country, compared to some of the other countries I have seen.
 

Q:  How can Americans best support the troops?

A:  I have received nothing but love and support from my friends, family and complete strangers, that’s not too much to ask for but it makes all the difference in the world to a soldier or sailor when they are away from home. 

Marcus Vigil 

4 Responses to “Interview with a True American Hero”

  1. scott Gorney said

    what a bunch of bs. I served in the miltary also, and there is on restriction in the UCMJ from an active duty service person from interviewing while they are in service. Please, Mr. Virgil, dont use the military to spread you propaganda.

    Scott Gorney

  2. Well, it doesn’t get much more disrespectful than that. Apparantly this military individual’s opinion (who is serving our country to protect you) holds no value to you Scott. I understand if you are frustrated with the current situation we are in, but it does not merit disrespect to those who are in the service of protecting you and your family.

    Maybe I am wrong.

    There are obvious reasons, not just the code, to not release the name of the interviewee.

  3. Chuck Norton said

    Marcus is right, if a soldier is under orders not to talk to the press while in uniform than the UCMJ binds him to that order. Scott just isnt thinking.

  4. mvigil said

    Well Mr. Gorney you are right.

    There is no restriction on the UCMJ from an active duty service person from interviewing while they are in service, but there is a restriction of them attaching their identity to an interview.

    As a serviceman (by the way thank you for your service) I welcome any specific insight of where you had a different experence in the military, but just a blank “this is BS statement”, doesn’t add any value at all.

    I would never use the military as propoganda, I just present the facts, I am sorry that you don’t like them, and next time, my name is Mr. Vigil.

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