Reaction to the recently released Iraq study group report has been mixed. Thursday, one local soldier told WCAV-TV he agrees with the study.
“As a soldier I defend my country and as a citizen I say we need to come home,” said Army Reservist and Charlottesville Firefighter Ed Early.
For one year, Early trained Iraqi soldiers fighting with them on the front lines.
“I support the war. I support defending my country and I went over there and did what I said I would do,” said Early.
Finishing his tour in August, Early is back on the job as a Charlottesville firefighter.
“[It’s] good to be home,” he said.
He agrees with the Iraq study group, saying its time we start withdrawing combat troops.
“As a citizen, we definitely need to get those soldiers back because I don't know if there are any weapons of mass destruction, but that hole area over there is area of mass destruction because the longer we stay over there the more lives we are going to lose,” said Early.
The report urges we change course quickly. But as politicians debate the merits of the study, the violence continues. More than 2,900 U.S. soldiers have already lost their lives.
“There is nothing we can do about the guys that have lost their lives, but there is something we can do about the ones that are over there that may lose their lives,” said Early.
What we can do is bring those troops home, he said.
“It comes a time when you are not doing what you need to do, losing lives and not seeing the results, its time to cut your loses and come home,” said Early.
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