Friday, September 26, 2003

Truth from a Troop

CNN has an interview with U.S. Army Spc. John Perkins. Spc. Perkins has a lot of intereting things to say about the situation in Iraq and his feelings about his home country. And can you imagine that they're positive?!

CNN - Friday, September 26, 2003 Posted: 2:36 PM EDT (1836 GMT):

"HEMMER: I hate to ask the questions about feelings, but you're back in the U.S. you have a short time here. How do you feel right now coming back to this country?

PERKINS: Extremely excited. When you leave America you kind of take a lot of things for granted until you actually go and spend time in a Third World country and you see just how bad things really are. You realize you just can't wait to get back home as soon as you can.


HEMMER: What are (members of your unit) saying right now in terms of morale and attitudes toward the Iraqi situation? What do they say?

PERKINS: I would say that morale is extremely -- well morale now is extremely high, considering that we just got the R&R and a lot of people are getting to go on it. Beforehand, before we were able to go, morale was kind of low. But it's picking up now and getting better.

And feelings toward the Iraqi people, it's not as bad as you think. Actually, -- the Iraqi people are happy that we're there. At least in Kirkuk, where we're at, a lot of people are extremely happen.

Daily we're told by the Iraqi people that live there that "we love you, we are glad you're here, thank you for helping us." So that's a lot of uplifting times there when people tell us that.

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