"Do what you gotta do"

Do what you gotta do to get us out of here.

That comes from an unidentified Marine (in Afghanistan) that was just interviewed on NPR. It made me stop and think how important it is to get Obama in the White House and a solid majority in the House and Senate. Not just to us, but to the thousands of soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The soldiers interviewed were stationed in Afghanistan and feel detached from the presidential election:

"It really is almost irrelevant, too," he says. "When we get here, you know, you know that war, all it is is old men talking and young men dying. That's all we see. So, it calms down politics a lot of when you're out here."

Like many of the Marines in Garmsir, Cpl. Cody Bazanech was in eighth grade when the Sept. 11 terror attacks took place.

Another Marine talked about their unit probably being sent to Iraq next year and about the occupation in Iraq:

I don't want to see us...my kids here, doing the same thing I was doing.

The first Marine I mentioned asked what the people back home were doing to help the soldiers:

What are people back home, civilians, citizens of America, what are you guys doing?
Why don't you guys do what you gotta do to get us out of here?

I just wanted to remind people that this election isn't all about us and about what we want. Most of us already know that Obama will disappoint us sometime in the future, even make some of us angry, but losing this election to McCain is simply not an option.
Not for us and not for those Marines in Afghanistan.

Tags: Iraq, John McCain (all tags)

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22 Comments

Re: "Do what you gotta do"

Are you suggesting we should not be Afghanistan?

by aliveandkickin 2008-06-25 03:38PM | 0 recs
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' be in '

by aliveandkickin 2008-06-25 03:39PM | 0 recs
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I'm suggesting we should do what we gotta do and get out.
 We owe the Afghanis a lot, there's a lot of work yet to be done against the Taliban and we need to take care of that before we leave. We've dropped the ball there big time for a useless and fruitless occupation in iraq.
by skohayes 2008-06-25 03:43PM | 0 recs
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1. how many years do you think we have before the war on terror is done?  i.e before we have no more issues

2. When do you suppose that we can be out of Afghanistan?

because your diary calls to attention of the plight of a soldier. when do you think we can tell him-- it's time to pack up?

by aliveandkickin 2008-06-25 03:54PM | 0 recs
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actually, the other thing to keep in mind is that most of these guys are on their 3rd or 4th tours since Iraq has taken up so many tours, so it's tough to say that guys being against being over there that have served means they don't believe it isn't right to be there, just that they got hosed. But hey, my cousin is about to get stop lossed back for his 3rd tour between the 2 even though the VA doesn't want him anywhere near there do to prior injures incurred, welcome to over extension of our wonderful heroes, too bad McCain is too much of a fucking moron to know what the fuck he is talking about regarding the military yet he "knows" everything because he served 30 years ago...

by Dog Chains 2008-06-25 04:22PM | 0 recs
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First of all, there is no such thing as "the war on terror". That's a silly catch phrase dreamed up by republicans.
 We have a war against the Taliban in Afghanistan and an occupation in Iraq. These conflicts are creating terrorists, not defeating them. You don't defeat terrorists by killing their families and blowing up their homes, and imprisoning their sons and fathers without cause.
I suppose that I will leave tactical and strategical decisions up to the military and our next Democratic president, and let them decide as to the scheduling of our departure.
by skohayes 2008-06-25 04:46PM | 0 recs
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"You don't defeat terrorists by killing their families and blowing up their homes, and imprisoning their sons and fathers without cause."

are we doing that? wow ... I guess our military should held up for war crimes.

by aliveandkickin 2008-06-25 05:04PM | 0 recs
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No, our government....The military takes orders from the CIC...

by hootie4170 2008-06-25 05:08PM | 0 recs
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ahh so  all those Nazi officers we prosecuted for war crimes that their govt/CIC asked them to commit..

was all in error?

by aliveandkickin 2008-06-25 05:14PM | 0 recs
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You on meds?

by hootie4170 2008-06-25 05:19PM | 0 recs
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"Are we doing that?"

How stupid of me to think that you were interested in a serious conversation. My bad.

by skohayes 2008-06-25 05:13PM | 0 recs
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there is no such thing as a stupid question. Only stupid assumptions

by aliveandkickin 2008-06-25 05:15PM | 0 recs
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Are you suggesting we should not be Afghanistan?

I can't speak for the diarist, but I will freely suggest, and openly state, that if we hadn't gotten distracted by Saddam "Shiny Thing" Hussein, Afghanistan would be a much more stable and peaceful place right now.

by mistersite 2008-06-25 03:51PM | 0 recs
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great diary. brings us back to how important this election is to so many. How lives are at stake--for real.

by linfar 2008-06-25 03:52PM | 0 recs
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will the election get the soldier back or will it add more soldiers to Afghanistan ?

by aliveandkickin 2008-06-25 03:56PM | 0 recs
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How about get us out of Iraq and get enough soldiers to Afghanistan so that the troops there are more secure and have what they need to finish the job....

by hootie4170 2008-06-25 05:10PM | 0 recs
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forgot to say rec'ced.

by linfar 2008-06-25 03:53PM | 0 recs
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Thank you, Linfar!

by skohayes 2008-06-25 04:31PM | 0 recs
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I find it ironic how pleased the military was when the current administration won the elections in 2000 and 2004. Maybe less pleased in 2004 but still leaning Republican. This administration is their choice. They helped put Bush/Cheney in office. The majority of the military tends to vote Republican.

What a difference a war with no end has made.

by feelfree 2008-06-25 04:14PM | 0 recs
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Do you think the men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan want to hear you, safe and sound from your keyboard, laud about how it was their (the military's) fault they were deployed into a war that should have never been waged...Such empathy...

by hootie4170 2008-06-25 05:13PM | 0 recs
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If they are honest they will say yes these comments are correct.

They will say the majority of us vote Republican and will most likely continue to vote Republican and support John McCain.

by feelfree 2008-06-25 05:36PM | 0 recs
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I think if we're not in Iraq, we can relieve the strain on our military so 3-4 tours of duty are not commonplace.  

Who knows how long that guy has been there, hopefully he can come home soon.

by bosdcla14 2008-06-26 01:00AM | 0 recs

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