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Military policies in Iraq are having desired effect

To the Editor:

My son, Ehren Miller, e-mailed this to me in response to an article (The Roads Not Taken, by Fred Barnes, in The Weekly Standard).

Ehren graduated from West Grand High School in December 2001 and has served in the Marine Corps since January 2002.

I felt compelled to share these words from the front lines:

“This is an awesome article and one that actually speaks the truth. Since I have been here, the changes I have seen are unimaginable.

“Upon starting my liaison experience, I stared at a big white board that depicted all of the attacks and casualties in Iraq for the past 24 hours. When I would arrive to the Joint Operations Center, the board would be full, and this is just before 2 p.m.

“As I look to the board now after being here for five months, it’s just before 3 p.m. and I see two, that’s right, TWO. Now tell me our current strategy, including the surge and IO campaign, are not working.

“I feel content in the fact that I never lost faith and I always believed in what we have done and are doing. I feel happy that even when the war was/is not popular and not going well, I believed that bringing stability to this area is of the utmost importance.

“And after seeing the changes that have taken place, I have the utmost confidence that we will prevail and the Iraqi people will have a chance at a future free of oppression.

“What people still don’t understand, not to sound too much like Mr. O’Rilley, is that around the world, not just in the U.S., a culture war is being fought. The difference is that in places like Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, etc., the fanatic Islamic culture is willing to do whatever it takes to oppress and take away the fundamental human rights that God intended us to be born with.

“These people deserve all that we in America take for granted. This is what life is about and what God intended for all of us, no matter what your religion may be.

“I am very proud that I have been able to be a part of this great time in history and I am extremely proud of what our country has done for these people. I have never been more proud to be an American and a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.”

Cynthia Lynch

Ehren’s mom

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