Thursday, September 27, 2007

They Far Left Found Their Guy: A Real, Live Anti-War OIF Veteran

"...An Iraq war veteran said Tuesday he is returning his military medals in what anti-war groups are calling a rare and powerful protest.

Josh Gaines, 27, plans to mail the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and National Defense Service Medal to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. He said he will do so during a protest scheduled for Wednesday in Madison.

“I’m going to give those back because I truly feel that I did not defend my nation and I did not help with the Global War on Terrorism,” said Gaines, who lives in Madison. “If anything, this conflict has bred more terrorism in the Middle East.”

Gaines served a yearlong tour in Iraq between 2004 and 2005 with the U.S. Army Reserve. He spent his time guarding two military bases and issuing ammunition to soldiers but never fired a weapon, he said.

The experience convinced him the war was a mistake and that a steady withdrawal of troops was the right course of action, Gaines said.

“To be quite honest, I felt like we wasted taxpayers’ money,” he said. “The mission just didn’t seem correct and right for that time.” (source)

I can't find anything from him that describes what was wrong aside from what I bolded. Was he mad he didn't get to fire a weapon and was only allowed to hand weapons to other soldiers? "The mission just didn’t seem correct and right for that time." For that time? So earlier or later we could topple Saddam, but not when he was there? I'm confused...

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