Veterans Weigh In On President Obama's Iraq Speech

By John W. Davis

August 31, 2010 Updated Aug 31, 2010 at 10:26 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Local Veterans shared their feelings with Indiana's NewsCenter about President Barack Obama's speech commemorating the end of the Iraq War.

World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and Desert Storm Veterans all weighed in about the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Overall, the veterans had very mixed reactions but most agreed that President Barack Obama inherited a war where any decision he made, co be interpreted as the wrong decision to make.

Both supporters and opponents of the President were quick to point out that President George Bush put America in a difficult situation.

Veterans said in their eyes, President Obama was faced with two options concerning Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stop fighting the war and let troops that gave their lives die for nothing or keep fighting, win the war but sacrifice more young lives.

"We have to stay over there and finish the job that we went over there to do. We can't just abandon the Iraqis and leave them to their own devices. Like you said there's still people dying over there," said Gulf War Veteran Scott Coles.

"Right now, the way the government is being run, I just can't see them coming to a conclusion, a successful conclusion of our involvement in these different wars," said World War II Veteran and Post 296 Commander Manuel J. Fernandis.

Veterans also discussed the Afghanistan War with Indiana's NewsCenter.

They said America needs to commit to that war by authorizing troops to go on the offensive, to win that war as quickly as possible.




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