Local Soldier Reacts To Iraq Study Group Report

By: Jenna Emenhiser Email
By: Jenna Emenhiser Email

The long awaited Iraq study group report has been released and it paints a grim picture of the situation in the wartorn country.

The report calls the situation in Iraq grave and deteriorating.

It also says "Military priorities must change" and recommends more diplomacy and shifting more responsibility to Iraqi forces.

President Bush says he will take all of the proposals seriously.

Meanwhile, ten more U.S. troops were killed in four separate incidents.

WYMT's Jenna Emenhiser talked to an eastern Kentucky soldier injured in Iraq about his reaction to the study group report and the continued violence.

This is the first bi-partisan study group and report on the war in Iraq and some say the findings may be a turning point in the war, but there are also some concerns among recent Iraq veterans.

It's been just three years since Travis Fugate enlisted in the national guard.

After serving a shortened tour of duty, he returned home almost completely blind.

"After nearly dying I see there's a lot more human potential," Fugate said.

Fugate says it's that human potential that makes him believe that this is a war worth fighting so the Iraqi people gain permanent freedom and the ability to defend themselves.

"We need to train more Iraqis of course, get them capable of doing their jobs," Fugate said.

Fugate says he thinks stability is a possibility but first the borders must be be secure.

"Most of the fighters there are foreign fighters that should be a main priority I think," Fugate said.

He agrees with the reports suggestion that all neighboring countries need to be involved in securing the borders.

One part of the report Travis says he disagrees with is troop withdrawal. He fears if the U.S. pulls out too soon that insurgents would take over.

"Guys that lost their lives and guys that lost other things like myself, all of that would be in vain," Fugate said.


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