Local Soldier Reacts To Possibility of Returning To Iraq

Local reactions are mixed after President Barack Obama notified the U.S. Congress that up to 275 American Special Forces soldiers could be going to Iraq.

Scott Morrow is from Arkansas and back at home after serving in Iraq.

“I served in Iraq during the draw down in 2009 and 2010,” Morrow said.

Morrow supports the idea of keeping more troops in the region to stabilize the area.

“I’m O.K. with sending troops over there to help them,” Morrow said. “Because when we were over there there’s a big difference between their army and ours. Before we left I could kind I tell they weren’t going to be able to stand by themselves.”

But others disagree, saying the U.S. has given enough troops to the cause.

“I really don’t think we should be sending our troops,” Eric Brown said. “When we have enough problems with our own economy.”

Morrow said if he was back overseas he would need the man power.

“The worse experience is being away from family and friends,” Morrow said. “I believe we need to help out all we can with any country undergoing what Iraq is.”

Morrow served in Iraq for one year. He’s now in the Army National Guard.

9 comments

  • Richard S. Drake

    Well, we couldn’t FORCE the Iraqi government to have American troops in after the time came for us to leave. And really, after 10+ years, maybe they could have built their own Army?
    Sadly, I suspect we’ll see a lot of “The Surge worked” refrain from those who don’t quite understand that victory on the battlefield isn’t the same thing as political progress.
    And honestly, how long must America prop up corrupt governments? Didn’t we learn that lesson in Vietnam?

    • Get Real

      The lesson that should have been learned in Vietnam is let the military do their job, keep the politicians out. LBJ and a liberal media lost that war, not the American military. A further lesson should have been don’t leave until the job is completely done, and don’t hold back doing it. Regardless of who let the terrorists know a time-certain we were leaving Iraq, it was a bad tactical mistake we’re paying for now.

  • soonerfan

    Thank You to all that served. Also hope you don’t have to return. God Bless You and Your families.

  • Elaphas

    Obama should have never pulled them out in the first place – done for political reasons only. Pulling out forces before a country is stabilized is a fool’s plan. What is happening now is a direct result of his failed “leadership.” The same thing will happen in Afghanistan. Just wait. Obama apologists will blame Bush of course, because that’s how they cover for this incompetent buffoon. If Obama got drunk and beat up his wife the moocher they would still blame Bush. Delusional liars.

    • Sarah 1

      First of all, Iraq’s President signed an order refusing to allow American troops in Iraq.

      And George Bush, In 2008 the American and Iraqi governments signed the U.S.–Iraq Status of Forces Agreement which stipulates that all American forces should withdraw from Iraqi cities by 30 June 2009 and from Iraqi territory altogether by 31 December 2011. On 14 December 2008 then-President George W. Bush signed the security pact with Iraq. In his fourth and final trip to Iraq, the president appeared with Iraq’s prime minister Nouri al-Maliki and said more work is to be done.

    • Jimmy Bob

      We had no place being there in the first place. Bush had to go in there and finish what his dad started and for what reason? Weapons of mass destruction? Give me a break. Not to mention Cheney was the CEO of Halliburton at one point. Halliburton along with other contractors made billions from this war while hard working Americans picked up the bill. It was all for money is what it all comes down to, money America doesn’t have. Now we have to find some way to blame the Obama and the liberals. Must be nice to blame all your problems on someone else. There are plenty of other countries that are in the same position as Iraq, how come we aren’t helping them too?

    • Ted

      What’s the flavor of the Kool-Aid you’re drinking? I bet it’s grape. I LOVE ME SOME GRAPE KOOL-AID!

  • Bob Gnarly

    @Mr. Morrow:

    Thank you for your service! If you are called to go, I hope you remain safe and return soon and that all goes well for you and your family.

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