Unified Patriots by JadedByPolitics
The only reason I fight war overseas in the Middle East is politics. You see I was a rampant supporter of the war in Iraq I saw it and still do to this day as a geopolitical win to have a base or bases sitting right there between Iran and Syria. I also thought having bases in countries straddling Iran (Afghanistan/Iraq) was a good geopolitical move as well. You see muslims aren’t going to change their stripes, they are who they are. So the ability to strike quickly and efficiently at a moments notice against “terror” was palatable to me. So what changed? The First Battle Of Fallujah
Although Fallujah had seen sporadic air strikes by American forces, public opposition was not galvanized until 700 members of the 82nd Airborne Division first entered the city on 23 April 2003, and approximately 150 members of Charlie Company occupied al-Qa’id primary. On 28 April, a crowd of approximately 200 people gathered outside the school past curfew, demanding that the Americans vacate the building and allow it to re-open as a school. The protesters became increasingly heated, and the deployment of smoke gas canisters failed to disperse the crowd. The protest escalated as gunmen reportedly fired upon U.S. forces from the protesting crowd and U.S. Army soldiers from the 1st Battalion of the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division returned fire, killing 17 people and wounding more than 70 of the protesters. There were no U.S. Army or coalition casualties in the incident. U.S. forces said that the shooting took place over 30–60 seconds, however other sources claim the shooting continued for half an hour.
We won that battle but we retreated, after loss of life of our military, we retreated[…]