As war changes, so do troops

As war changes, so do troops

There are 70 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Dec 30, 2007, titled As war changes, so do troops. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

When it comes to searching Iraqi homes, the "soft knock" is in for the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

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Great

Carmel, IN

#1 Dec 30, 2007
Great, our troops aren't busting through doors like nazi storm troopers anymore. That's progress.
WhutZatSmell

Dayton, OH

#2 Dec 30, 2007
I get a strange feeling that the "soft knock" policy is not the way to go!
If something is "dirty" at a compound, house, etc., intelligence and/or recon will have provided the necessary info for the "correct approach" to areas being investigated!
Damn y'all it's a war over there ... not a "welcome to the neighborhood" affair!
Common Sense

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Dec 30, 2007
Why does the media always report on tactical moves made by our troops? Do they not realize that they are helping the enemy identify our weaknesses and then exploit them?

The very first decision that should have made in 2003 was to create a total media blackout over there. The war would have been over long ago and reconciliation would have taken place much faster.

News media=the enemy's best friends
Local landlord

United States

#4 Dec 30, 2007
Indiana's National Guard belongs in Indiana, not Iraq. I just want to go on record as saying that I don't think George Bush is right drawing on our National Guard to fight his foreign war. These are our children. Their duties should be helping out after a tornado or a disaster. I don't want them to go to Iraq. I'm so afraid something will happen to them. The parents seem so brave. I hate this president.
Common Sense

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Dec 30, 2007
Also, to clarify: I absolutely believe that this war was necessary, albeit unpopular (let the flame wars begin on here, I know). I just wish that Rumsfeld would have been fired sometime in the 2004 timeframe and that Gen. Petraeus would have been put in charge years earlier. Many boneheaded moves would have been prevented and our image, both at home and abroad, would not have been tarnished the way that it has.

Again, I do support the troops and the larger War on Terrorism wholeheartedly, but do wish that things would have been managed better. I just hope that our next President is one who will not cut and run and will see to it that we emerge victorious and rebuild our image throughout the world. This will be a very difficult job, but not impossible.
fellow veteran

United States

#6 Dec 30, 2007
Great wrote:
Great, our troops aren't busting through doors like nazi storm troopers anymore. That's progress.
Comparing American Troops to Nazi's, sad. You have no idea how hard these guys work to earn your respect as they risk their lives searching for radical extremist muslims that want to destroy them as well as you and I and our way of life in the free world.
Bushisclueless

Marion, IA

#7 Dec 30, 2007
END THE WAR!
Fiscally conservative

Marion, IA

#8 Dec 30, 2007
600 billion spent in Iraq, 0 spent on American children. thanks bush

Since: Oct 07

Brownsburg, IN

#9 Dec 30, 2007
I read the article and have a sense of pride of how one branch of government does work. The US military is trained so well and just shows how successful they are when dealing with most situations.

American children and Nazi statements are so worn out and disgusting. First, the children are the parents responsibility and last time I checked, the government is still raping its citizens in the form of taxes for government education and health care for kids. Each child gets about $10,000 per kid for public education. Add on the state and federal health insurance that kids can get if mommy and daddy feel they can't afford it. Each budget year, the US govt. spends 1.6 Trillion in social services, but yet it is not enough to the people who don't want the responsibility to raise their kids and make choices. Let the feds do it for them.

The Nazi comment can only be stated as someone who just truely hates our military or our country. You have ever right to say it, but look in history and there are no comparisons to be made with Nazi's and our United States Military. If you feel this is, then go to military training grounds and let the troops truely know how you feel. You probably won't and will make some excuse of why you can't do it.

We do have freedom of speech, but others have every right to challenge absurd statements.
Great

Milwaukee, WI

#10 Dec 30, 2007
Steve Stuck wrote:
I read the article and have a sense of pride of how one branch of government does work. The US military is trained so well and just shows how successful they are when dealing with most situations.
American children and Nazi statements are so worn out and disgusting. First, the children are the parents responsibility and last time I checked, the government is still raping its citizens in the form of taxes for government education and health care for kids. Each child gets about $10,000 per kid for public education. Add on the state and federal health insurance that kids can get if mommy and daddy feel they can't afford it. Each budget year, the US govt. spends 1.6 Trillion in social services, but yet it is not enough to the people who don't want the responsibility to raise their kids and make choices. Let the feds do it for them.
The Nazi comment can only be stated as someone who just truely hates our military or our country. You have ever right to say it, but look in history and there are no comparisons to be made with Nazi's and our United States Military. If you feel this is, then go to military training grounds and let the troops truely know how you feel. You probably won't and will make some excuse of why you can't do it.
We do have freedom of speech, but others have every right to challenge absurd statements.
The article states "The days of kicking down a front door and crashing through with rifles ready are mostly over. The approach has been widespread for much of the fighting in Iraq".

WOW! This has been going on for what 5-6 YEARS? I guess it is ok because they are American troops?? This is the kind of activity that the USA used to condemn other countries for (including SaddamÂ’s regime).
fellow veteran

United States

#11 Dec 30, 2007
Great wrote:
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The article states "The days of kicking down a front door and crashing through with rifles ready are mostly over. The approach has been widespread for much of the fighting in Iraq".
WOW! This has been going on for what 5-6 YEARS? I guess it is ok because they are American troops?? This is the kind of activity that the USA used to condemn other countries for (including SaddamÂ’s regime).
You have a first hand report of what our brothers, sisters, dads, moms, cousins, nephews, nieces, aunts uncles... ie fellow Americans are doing there?
fellow veteran

United States

#12 Dec 30, 2007
Bushisclueless wrote:
END THE WAR!
That is the goal.
Bob

Bloomington, IN

#13 Dec 30, 2007
FYI on the equipment section... the vest worn over the IBA is correctly pronounced "Molly" but spelled "MOLLE".

Be safe guys. I'll see you all soon enough.
Great

Milwaukee, WI

#14 Dec 30, 2007
fellow veteran wrote:
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You have a first hand report of what our brothers, sisters, dads, moms, cousins, nephews, nieces, aunts uncles... ie fellow Americans are doing there?
I have today's newspaper reporting what they are doing.
OIFVET

Phenix City, AL

#15 Dec 30, 2007
Great wrote:
Great, our troops aren't busting through doors like nazi storm troopers anymore. That's progress.
You really have no idea what you are writing about.
GetReal

Milwaukee, WI

#16 Dec 30, 2007
fellow veteran wrote:
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That is the goal.
This is the middle east. They have been at each other's throats for all of recorded history. They will be at war with each other whether we are there or not.
OIFVET

Phenix City, AL

#17 Dec 30, 2007
Local landlord wrote:
Indiana's National Guard belongs in Indiana, not Iraq. I just want to go on record as saying that I don't think George Bush is right drawing on our National Guard to fight his foreign war. These are our children. Their duties should be helping out after a tornado or a disaster. I don't want them to go to Iraq. I'm so afraid something will happen to them. The parents seem so brave. I hate this president.
This is an all voluntary National Guard. We know what is in our future when we sign a contract with the military. Wish I was going with these men and women. They are the backbone of society. Just think of all the welfare pigs who sit around and do nothing for a free check.
Great

Milwaukee, WI

#18 Dec 30, 2007
OIFVET wrote:
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You really have no idea what you are writing about.
Yes I do, today's newspaper.
Haji

Houston, TX

#19 Dec 30, 2007
Not using the word Haji. Interesting. If they don't they will be the only ones over here not using it - including Iraqis.

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

#20 Dec 30, 2007
Translation: We are winning the war in Iraq.

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