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On Memorial Day: U.S. Soldiers Wonder Why They Are in Iraq

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On Memorial Day: U.S. Soldiers Wonder Why They Are in Iraq

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On Memorial Day, The New York Times today offers a front-page article with elite U.S. troops -- using their actual names -- expressing grave doubts about or opposition to their continuing involvement in the sectarian cauldron of Iraq. Many resent the lack of effort by Iraqi troops, some of whom actually aid the enemy.

But a brief essay at Nieman Watchdog provides an even more powerful personal statement, because it comes from one person, an Army private (you can even see his picture and send him an e-mail).

The author is Donald Hudson Jr., an Army private for three years, deployed to Baghdad for the past four and a half months.

Part of the essay follows. Other material, including comments, can be found here

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I came here as part of the first wave of this so called "troop surge", but so far it has effectively done nothing to quell insurgent violence. …

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