Skip to comments."It sucks being in Iraq"
Posted on 01/15/2008 3:54:16 PM PST by got_moab?
Albert Jordan, 21, isnt one to hold back, especially when he describes what its like being a soldier in Iraq.
It sucks Its definitely an experience, but it sucks being in Iraq, said Jordan, a U.S. Army Specialist, during an interview with the Beacon, a day after returning home from his first tour of duty.
At first its kind of exciting because youre doing different things. Youre doing what you see in video games, but then a couple of IEDs [improvised explosive devices] go off or a couple of bullets go by your head and you go, Whoa, what is this I got myself into? And then you start thinking too much.
The 21-year-old 2004 Pilgrim graduate who lives on Parkview Avenue joined the Army in May of 2005, and was sent to Baghdad, the worlds most dangerous city, in 2006. He spent both his 20th and 21st birthday in Baghdad.
To illustrate the extreme danger soldiers face on a daily basis, Jordan told a story.
One afternoon in Baghdad, Jordan and his comrades were on patrol. They noticed a mound of fresh dirt in the yard of a residencea telltale sign of a hidden weapons cache. After affirming their suspicions and finding barrels full of weapons, the group followed protocol and checked the lot next door.
Jordan, a staff sergeant and an interpreter approached an Iraqi man in the next house and began to question him.
We were just kind of standing around, and then we heard a single crack and the wall, just a few feet away from my face, exploded. It went Ka-boom, said Jordan.
He was the target of a sniper.
We didnt know where it was coming from, but someones not just going to shoot randomly We got out of there and I was like Wow, I almost got shot in the face, he said.
The story isnt an isolated incident. Its one of many that Jordan chose randomly.
Thats the reality of being an Army Specialist in Baghdad. The threat of a snipers bullet, an explosion of an improvised bomb or even a drive-by shooting, is as pervasive as the sand during a windstorm.
You go out and you say to yourself, Is this going to be the last day that I woke up, said Jordan.
How does one deal with the reality that death could realistically come at any given second?
You just dont think about it. You try not to as hard as you can, said Jordan.
As time passed, Jordan began to question the purpose of the mission.
Every day someone is getting killed, and wed ask ourselves, What is this for, Jordan said.
Jordan granted that while he doesnt like being in a war zone, it does come with the territory. What makes the Iraq war an even harder pill for him to swallow is the fact that he doesnt understand the rationale for it. After all, Iraq never attacked America, he notes.
Some will argue that America is establishing democracy in the Middle East, but Jordan counters that democracy is something that must come from within, it cant be imposed.
Most troubling, he said, is the fact that since the invasion, the military has acted less and less like a military and more like police.
Were not police officers. Were trained to go and kill people in battles, not keep them in line, said Jordan.
Like many in the private sector, while he doesnt agree with the mission set up by his superiors, he follows orders dutifully.
Jordan said he believes the surge has been successful in reducing violence over the last year, but notes that it also increases the likelihood of soldiers being killed because with more American troops comes more targets for the Iraqi insurgents.
And although he doesnt agree with the war, he rejects the notion of setting timetables for withdrawals, as some prominent Democrats have suggested. It wouldnt be wise, Jordan said, to tell an enemy when you plan on retreating.
He believes the U.S. will treat Iraq like South Korea, Japan and Germany and remain there indefinitely.
Jordan joined the Army for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, he comes from a military family. His sister, Shannon Wyatt, is also a member of the Army. His older brother, Don Moyer, a Warwick lawyer, was also in the military before becoming a lawyer.
As a child, Jordan always wanted to become a career military man. But he didnt get around to joining the Army until a couple years after graduating from Pilgrim. He lacked direction, and decided to do his country a favor by enlisting in the Army.
After completing his first stint in Iraq, Jordan said he has no intention of becoming a career military man.
Despite his distaste for the current war, Jordan deeply respects the military, and is thankful for the benefits of being a soldier. The tax-free pay he receives as a soldier is better than that he earned at his last job before enlistinghe worked at Ocean State Job Lot. Also, before he enlisted in the Army, he was in debt. Now hes debt free.
When he completes his service, he hopes to either parlay his military experience into a position at a local police department, or attend college.
He fully expects to get sent back to Iraq sometime next year, but he isnt looking forward to it.
Im not happy over there. Im not happy, said Jordan.
Im not happy over there. Im not happy, said Jordan.
Then why the hell did you sign up during war time?
Where the hell did you think they were going to send you kid?
He'll be a democrat in congress here soon. And he'll be the dem nominee for president in 2024.
Good frickin grief. This coupled with the NY Times article on deranged vets is all the MSM has to offer in coverage of this heroic mission. **** them.
Mine told me that I couldn’t really complain because I volunteered to join. LOL!
Moron for joining.
Every soldier I’ve ever known, complains. The food, the CO, the enemy, the quarters...it’s an art form:)
This guy though, is whining- not complaining. BIG difference.
We don’t need to criticize him. If this gets out to the guys he serves with he will get a raft of sh*t, at the very least.
I don’t blame him for a word he said. I am sure nobody LIKES being in Iraq. But he didn’t run away to Canada or shoot himself in the foot. He remained and did his duty as he was called to do. He also never spewed any left wing “its all about oil” crap. Nobody on here wants to take sniper fire at work tommorow. Give the guy a break. He did his duty and it sounds like when he is called, he will do it again.
Yah, sorta like living in any U.S. inner city...
favors and duty rarely coincide,but the reporter has his slant....sit down talk with a kid,let the kid talk, and print your story....see thats what the kid said, see, see...and Newt Gingrich's mom is still right, she is a bitch, ain't that right Connie?
He was recruited by his video games. If his enlistment isn’t up, he’ll regret this when he gets back to his unit.
My next question is: how many soldiers did they have to ask, “hey, do you hate being stuck over here in Iraq?” before they got the answer they wanted.
This guys a sniveler. There’s always going to be some, even in an all volunteer Army. The enemedia has a talent for finding them.
More Americans were killed in Detroit by enemy fire last month than Baghdad.
I don't like to criticize any serviceman or woman, so all I'll say is: Wow, seems like the boy matured in the blink of an eye.