less than an hour left

  1. Saddam has less tha one hour left to leave lraq. Can't help it, kind of curious what he is doing. When will it hit the fan? Heard his sons were seen today in Bagdad. Let's especially keep our military and allies in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
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  3. by   cwazycwissyRN
    Drawing the line, making a deadline has certainly made for emotions that are rather unique. I feel some form of relief, sadness, fear, and hope balled up in one. Strange feeling...
    Still I think the strongest is sadness, I do support what we are doing, however I so feel sad for the whole state of affairs. I pray, I pray I just will be praying.
  4. by   Mkue
    I'm hearing that many people have fled Bagdad, some Kurds setting up tents in the mountains. Bagdad is very quiet now, I think it's around 10 pm or so there.
  5. by   kmchugh

    I'm glad you started this thread. As I type this, there is right at 30 minutes until we reach Bush's deadline. Contrary to what LVRN wrote in another thread, I feel no glee or joy at what is about to happen.

    There are a number of emotions I do feel. I cannot deny I feel sadness at the violence that is about to occur. My heart is breaking for the Iraqi children who will be forced to live with this war. And I am worried. Worried for Bob, my best friend, closer to me than my own brothers. He is currently a DOD civilian, deployed with one of the Special Forces units. Worried for other friends now deployed, worried for all our forces. I will not say I feel the same concern for the Iraqi forces, but nonetheless, I feel concern for them, pity for the violence they are about to be subjected to. Most of you know, I blame Saddam Hussein, and SH alone for the need for this war. He could have avoided it as long as 12 years ago. He could have averted it up to right now. He has chosen not to do so. This is HIS fault.

    I also feel pride. Pride in my former comrades in arms, standing in harms way, for the sake of a nation whose fundamental principles they believe in. Pride for my country, where we can have this debate, free of fear of persecution for disagreeing with each other.

    Know this. For all who agree with me, and for all who disagree, I respect your viewpoints. For those who fear the outcome of this war, have faith. Regardless of what you think of the leadership of the nation, have faith that our troops will conduct themselves with courage, and above all, with honor and dignity. There will be no soldiers, sailors, airmen, or marines who commit war crimes. They will treat Iraqis captured, and civilians in occupied areas with dignity and respect. Whether you agree with the war or not, I think we all, as Americans, can be proud of our armed forces.

    Now, on the brink, I think I will put aside the debates. They are moot in any case. I plan to concentrate myself on the actual war. I will worry and sweat until I hear from Bob again. And I will be grateful for each of you, those who agreed with me and reinforced my feeling. And for each of you who disagreed with me, and forced me to think, and think hard about what I was saying. Some may say it differently than I, but I hope we can all agree with this one sentiment. May God bless us all.

    Kevin McHugh, SFC, USA, Ret
  6. by   Stargazer
    Enormous knot in the pit of my stomach-- a perfect accompaniment for the mid-level anxiety I've been feeling for the past week.

    Like Vegas said on an earlier thread, I'm resigned to this happening now. I just hope to hell it's over fast and that there is a minimum of casualties on both sides.
  7. by   VivaLasViejas
    And may God keep us safe here on our home shores as well.
  8. by   molecule
    we are going to use war as an instrument of policy
    "I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker,
    And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker,
    And in short, I was afraid" TSElliot
  9. by   l.rae
    Kevin, your post brought tears to my eyes. God bless you my friend. ln addition to our brave men and women, we must not forget to pray for those left behind here and dealing with moment to moment stress of the unknown. Please know even as l pray daily for the military men and women, your friend Bob will be especially remembered, as will others who l know or know of personally. Glad2behere has a son stationed in Turkey. l know he must be tremendously concerned. God bless you all, God bless America. No glee, no joy from this end either, just emense pride in our troops, our nation and our leader. Peace has a high price tag. We honored and blessed to enjoy the freedoms we have because some paid the ultimate price.
    l too appreciate all who posted their views. Take care and keep us posted on your friend as you get information.