I'm sure more of our troops would have survived if they hadn't had their hands tied by Leftist's 'rules of engagement' which entailed that our boys couldn't even open fire not unless first fired upon, but not unless they were HIT.
In the words of my grandfather "There are no hero's in war nor victors. Only survivors and those unlucky bastards who given a medal for glorified murder. Hero's lay by the thousands in cemeteries across this nation slain by men just like them in the name of freedom." - George Bell SR. U.S. Army Core of Engineers, Korean War (Born 1933 Died 1993) For the record I do believe in God but my belief is firmer in that we must make this world a better place ourselves and not through prayer which I find to be a good form of meditation and little else.
As an Iraqi, I can kindly tell you that "Iraqis thanking US soldiers" is a load of, how can I put this nicely...., bullshit. Complete and utter bullshit.
Out of the 30 million people in Iraq, only the bare minimum "thanked" the Americans. On top of that, the lives of the people in Iraq are horribly below the standards they were during Saddam's time. Do you want to know what that imperialistic invasion accomplished? - Adoption of western values - Teenage "rebel" crap (gangs, graffiti, vandalisation of public property etc) - Huuuuge gap between the upper and lower class - Education becoming literal shit, most students bribe their teachers in order to pass - A civil conflict that will go on until another strong leader can get a hold of the country and straighten the people out - Idiotic nationalism (Iraqi, Kurdish, Persian-Iraqi etc., they used to have one name; Iraqi, that's it) - Religious fanaticism - complete destruction of almost every city, most of which are yet to be rebuilt Among other things.
Do not speak of Iraq when you have no idea what you're talking about. I can't speak for Afghanistan, but I'm certain they have similar feelings.