US Morale in Iraq is Good. Really.

Today’s Guardian contains a powerful commentary written by Tim Predmore, a US soldier who has been serving with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq since the beginning of hostilities. It starts off with this:

For the past six months, I have been participating in what I believe to be the great modern lie: Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Luckily, the Bush administration and the Pentagon assure us that things are going well in Iraq, and that morale among the US troops in Iraq is good. Whew. So we don’t have to worry when Predmore writes:

I once believed that I was serving for a cause – “to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States”. Now I no longer believe that; I have lost my conviction, as well as my determination. I can no longer justify my service on the basis of what I believe to be half-truths and bold lies.

Read the piece.