Shades of Mission Rejected!
Iraq Veteran Sees Nothing Positive About U.S. Troops Fighting There
by Tess Nacelewicz
Brian Clement of Gardiner, an Army veteran, said during a talk at the University of Southern Maine on Thursday that he started his yearlong duty in Iraq believing America hadn’t gone to war for the right reasons, but “thought I could do some good.”
However, Clement, who was with the 1st Cavalry Division, said that in his job driving a truck around Iraq, including such hot spots as Fallujah and Sadr City, “I didn’t see anything positive about our being in Iraq.”
Clement, who returned home last March and received an honorable discharge from the service in June, has since joined Iraq Veterans Against the War.
“I support the troops wholeheartedly,” he said, “but I don’t support the misuse of our armed forces as they are being used now.”…
U.S. military spending in Iraq and Afghanistan will average 44 percent more in the current fiscal year than in fiscal 2005, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service said.
Spending will rise to $9.8 billion a month from the $6.8 billion a month the Pentagon said it spent last year, the research service said. The group’s March 10 report cites “substantial” expenses to replace or repair damaged weapons, aircraft, vehicles, radios and spare parts.
It also figures in costs for health care, fuel, national intelligence and the training of Iraqi and Afghan security forces — “now a substantial expense,” it said.
The research service said it considers “all war and occupation costs,” while the Pentagon counts just the cost of personnel, maintenance and operations….