94% of soldiers & Marines in Iraq have been shot at
86% know someone who was seriously injured or killed
77% have shot at or directed fire at the enemy
68% have seen dead or seriously injured Americans
51% have handled or uncovered human remains
48% said they were responsible for the death of an enemy combatant
28% said they were responsible for the death of a noncombatant
It's not enough that they are exposed to intense combat conditions 10-12 hours a day, seven days a week, for months on end, but this is the first war in our history where they have not been permitted to rotate in and out of a rear area where some measure of rest and recreation was possible.
This is the first war I know of in our history where you don't just serve your deployment. You serve it knowing you will have to go back, and the whole time you are "home" you are training for more combat for your next deployment, and then you have to go back.
And then you have to go back.
Just when will the job be done, Georgie? Because it looks like a quagmire to me.