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America’s GI “boots on the ground” in Iraq are so frustrated with the White House message about their mission against the Islamic State — which Vice President Biden vowed Wednesday to chase “to the gates of Hell” — that they’re wondering how they’ll accomplish the goal “when we can’t even leave the front gate of our base.””



“We’re lost — that’s how I feel. I’m not exactly sure why we’re here,” said Specialist Raquime Mercer, 20, whose closest friend was shot dead by a renegade Afghan policeman last Friday

“I need a clear-cut purpose if I’m going to get hurt out here or if I’m going to die.”

Sergeant Christopher Hughes, 37, from Detroit, has lost six colleagues and survived two roadside bombs. Asked if the mission was worthwhile, he replied: “If I knew exactly what the mission was, probably so, but I don’t.”

This is what happens when the Commander-in-Chief uses his tried and true vote: PRESENT

     We will probably NEVER hear the words muttered by the sports broadcaster bobbling head on MSNBC, but GEORGE BUSH surge policy has culminated in the newest holiday and celebration in Iraq— Sovereignty Day!

Iraq officially took control of its fate Tuesday as the U.S. pulled its combat troops out of Baghdad and other cities and towns, handing over security responsibilities to Iraqi forces. The withdrawal completed the Status of Forces agreement signed last November, and touched off celebrations in Baghdad and other cities. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki declared Tuesday to be “National Sovereignty Day,” complete with a military parade to display to Iraqis — and a still stubborn insurgency — its ability to maintain order in a nation ravaged by six years of war.

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