Ma Deuce Gunner

Ma Deuce Gunner


Thursday, October 20, 2005

Sorry for...

... the light blogging as of late. The reasoning behind this is two-fold.

1. Not a lot has happened lately that is worthy of writing about. It has been quiet around the city, and driving around the city for two hours is not anything to write about.

2. I have been packing and prepping to go home. It looks as if I will be leaving Iraq within the week. YAY!!!!

I will try and do one more interview with my interpreters before I leave. I would like for the questions to come from you, my readers. Please leave your questions in the comments of this post. Deadline for submission of questions is: 0800 EST, 22 October, 2005. Thanks.




At 9:39 AM, Blogger LittleMazza said...

Your return home is wonderful news. The fact that no incidents occurred during the electin period is an other evidence of your hard work. Congratulations.

What lies ahead for Omar and his family?

Little Mazza

At 10:15 AM, Blogger El Capitan said...


Get home safely! Please email me before you leave Kirkuk if possible.

At 10:56 AM, Anonymous Remy said...


Great news on going home! Thanks so much for your service; my family is indebted to you Sir.

The question; I'm sure there will be a military presence there but, how does he see the future of Iraq after the Americans have largely gone home?

Sorry if that's lame, but it's all I could think of.

God Bless and stay safe,

At 12:41 PM, Blogger Laura said...

I've got a few questions if you don't mind. (No pressure) I don't expect an answer to them all, but in case you don't get many questions from others...

1)How do they see the future of Iraq in 10 years? Do they see a free country still growing or do they see a longer more drawn out fight for freedom between their own people?

2)Are women being treated with any more equality now than they were before the fall? (All within religious guidelines I'm sure.)

3)Do most Iraqis feel safer from random violence than they did before? (Not war related violece, but robbery, rape, etc)

4)Are Iraqi girls beginning to get the same educational opportunities that boys have?

5)Is there anything that they have learned/gained from you guys (military) that they'll keep with them for their lifetime? (Culture, skills, knowledge etc)

6)How do they view the world differently now than they did before?

7)How do they want the people of the world to view them now?

8)What do they hope happens to Saddam? (put to death quickly, prison, long time waiting to be put to death, released and expelled, etc)

9)If they could tell Saddam one thing, what would it be?

Thanks for this opportunity. I hope you get the chance to do the interview, I hope you get a lot of feedback, and I hope you have a lovely trip home!

At 2:28 PM, Blogger membrain said...

Thanks for every thin MDG. My question for your interpreter's is: Do they see the American and indeed the "Western" style of life as a threat to Iraqi's way of life.

2. Do they feel that they are Iraqi's first and whatever: tribal, religious, regional allegiance second. I guess what I'm after here is: Is there a strong Iraqi national identity?


At 2:57 PM, Anonymous remy said...

Well thanks impatient girl for making me feel completely inadequate. Excellent questions though.

At 4:08 PM, Blogger "Elvis" said...


Good Luck Man! I can't wait for the feeling of the "Freedom Bird" myself. Take care and God Speed!

At 6:44 AM, Anonymous Barbara said...

I am a Marine Corps Mom whose son has just returned from Iraq. His best friend was an infantry officer who died in Iraq in January. My son is proud to have served and we are grateful to have a son willing to dedicate his life to a principle larger than himself.

My question: There are still a few people in America who believe we should not have gone into Iraq. What would your interpreters tell us to tell them?

Thanks for your service! America applauds you !

At 7:36 AM, Blogger David M said...

Good Luck on the return trip home.

And thank you for your service to our Country.

David M.

At 8:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what did he think the Americans would be like before we arrived?

How are we same as he expected? How are we different from his expectations?

What is his personel favorite moment with the Americans? (something like the tea party you participated in)

What is his personel worst experience with the Americans?

Basically, on a personel level, what are the Pros and Cons of American occupation?

What was Iraq like in 2000?
Now in 2005?
What does he think it will be like in 2010?

I like this concept. Real Iraqis speaking for Iraq. Real Americans speaking for America. No political or jurnalistic Bullshit involved.

MDG, good luck, God bless, get home safe.

At 9:02 AM, Blogger yankeemom said...

I couldn't think of another original question - what's been on my mind is pretty well covered above! Just wanted to say Thank You! And so glad to hear you're coming home!

At 10:13 AM, Anonymous fellow gun nut said...

thanks for your service it means a lot to my family and my country

At 11:11 AM, Anonymous MissBirdlegs in AL said...

Great news, MDG! Can't say it too often - thank you so much for your service and for letting us get to know you a bit. It's been grand!

Safe trip home & prayers will continue!


At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Gypsy said...

Most of my questions have been covered, but great news on coming home! Stay safe and Godspeed.

At 9:55 PM, Anonymous Joe said...

Reading your posts has been great and I know that I'm going to miss them if they stop, but I'm really happy that you're finally beginning the journey home, may it be swiftly over and see you safely into the arms of your loved ones. You did good!

At 10:28 PM, Blogger Laura said...

Sorry remy...I didn't know how many would respond so I wanted to give MDG as much as I could to work with. My mind is always racing with questions.

Take care and be careful. We hope to hear back from you soon.

At 12:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Why do Sunnis feel they are uber alles and should receive all the oil revenue, and trickle it down to others?

2) Once the insurgency is defeated and Iraq is peaceful, should the oil revenue go to the government, so they can waste it on subsidies and ill conceived projects and pork barrel, or should majority of it go directly to Iraqis in monthly payments?

Right on MDG, right on.

At 12:42 PM, Blogger dadmanly said...


Outstanding work, congratulations on a job well done.

Enjoy your trip home; I'll be right behind you.


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