Blackfive Interview at
Bill Roggio on the Iraq-Syria Border

How the Marines See the War

The Christian Science Monitor talks to a few Marines from Ohio that some friends in combat.  It's a must read.

...Yet the Iraq of Corporal Mayer's memory is not solely a place of death and loss. It is also a place of hope. It is the hope of the town of Hit, which he saw transform from an insurgent stronghold to a place where kids played on Marine trucks. It is the hope of villagers who whispered where roadside bombs were hidden. But most of all, it is the hope he saw in a young Iraqi girl who loved pens and Oreo cookies...

Time and time, again, this is what I hear from our troops that have come home...

Go read Mark Sappenfield's article.