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2004 US Presidential Election
August 26, 2004
Kerry | A Marine In Iraq's Opinion

For those who have not seen it before, Brian Palmer has been with the 24th Marine Expeditionary unit for about seven weeks and has documented the time with a weekly digital diary including prose and photos. The final installment of the six week project is now online. For a good insight on what our Marines in the 24th have been going through over the past couple of months, you can read the whole thing.

Although anecdotal, here’s a taste of what U.S. Marines in Iraq are feeling about the 2004 Presidential election.

…plenty of rah-rah triumphalism and USA-first hyperpatriotism but found only a little, not a lot. There were a few folks who hooted at John Kerry when he appeared on the chow hall’s TV screen, and then cheered when Bush came on. “John Kerry is a f—-ing communist” for tossing his Vietnam War ribbons, asserted a cocky young Marine from Arkansas, Corporal Michael Euler, a soon-to-be father who knows what he knows and will tell you so in a heartbeat.

Yes, I confess, Mike and his wife are close friends of mine. Whether you agree with his sentiments or not, please keep them in your prayers.

Cross posted at SSG and in the Iraq section.

Posted by Adam Harris at August 26, 2004 06:31 PM | TrackBack

24 MEU is connected to the Saipan Expeditionary Strike Group. They’re good folks with recent Iraq experience and good business practices. They’ve lost a few guys so far, to car accidents. If you want to see what 24MEU is saying about itself on the Internet, go look at their website because it’s a really well done site and they’re doing good work.

Two thousand guys. One colonel. A lot of ass to kick. They can do it.

Posted by: Chap [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 26, 2004 08:14 PM

“More than a few Marines I spoke with, however, accepted without question the Bush administration’s casus belli for going into Iraq — the 9-11 connection with Saddam Hussein’s government and the alleged weapons of mass destruction — an argument I do not buy.”

Exactly when did the Bush administration make that case?

Posted by: gator66 [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 27, 2004 04:18 AM

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