At a welcome home ceremony this week for [Staff Sgt. Randy] Myers and other troops from the Johnstown, Pa.-based 876th Engineer Battalion, the crowd cheered when a Murtha aide welcomed the troops on the congressman's behalf.
Myers said he backs Murtha, an opinion echoed by a number of other troops and their families. Several share his frustration with the conflict.
"I'm not sure we're doing a whole lot of good," Myers, 46, said of the U.S. presence in Iraq. "Everybody thinks we are. We're trying to, but we're not going to change what they want to do, and if they don't want to change, they're not gonna."
Said Sgt. 1st Class George Wozniak, 36, of Murtha: "He's definitely for a strong military and he definitely supports the troops."
There is a lot of common sense in what Staff Sgt. Meyers says. You'll notice he doesn't demonize anyone, or criticize anyone. He just presents the reality of human beings, and the limits of human power. It would be nice if our leaders were as wise as our soldiers.