VETS DISMAYED BY AL-QAEDA RESURGENCE
Comparisons to Vietnam Emerge
By Harold Hutchison
Many veterans who fought in Fallujah and Ramadi have been shocked and dismayed by the resurgence of al-Qaeda in those cities since Barack Obama withdrew American troops. One Marine compared Fallujah to Khe Sanh, a famous stand by Marines.
According to a report by the New York Times, a former Marine who served at Fallujah, Ryan Sparks, noted many Marines were angry, feeling that after the fighting, those who were killed and wounded were “sacrificed for nothing.” With regards to comparisons to Vietnam, Sparks said the return of al-Qaeda after Obama’s withdrawal “makes the analogy complete.”
Many veterans expressed similar sentiments. Adam Banotai, who had been a sergeant during the 2004 battle, but who now served as a firefighter, said he felt Obama’s withdrawal was based on politics, and the mission had not been completed. However, he also felt there was not much that could be done.
“We can’t go back and rewrite history,” he said.