Last Rose: You may have gotten used to seeing my comrades around and I don't blame you. I was there when we took over that country back in 2003 (so about 6 1/2 years or so, we got there in March 2003) but its been a long time since I've dealt with anyone that talks like you just did. No offense intended. You should talk more in this thread. I feel its important to have the views of people who are actually involved. I can only speak for the first soldiers that set up there. Things have changed a lot and I can't speak for the soldiers currently in Iraq (except for what I hear from my sister) and I can't speak for the people who live there either.