More than a dozen soldiers from the elite 82d Airborne division tell the New York Times that they now see the war in Iraq as futile. “In 2003, 2004, 100 percent of the soldiers wanted to be here, to fight this war,” says one platoon sergeant who advocates withdrawal. “Now, 95% of my platoon agrees with me.”
Even the most gun-ho soldiers are disillusioned, they tell the Times, by the lack of loyalty among Iraqi soldiers. "What are we doing here? We help them in the day. They turn around at night and try to kill us," another sergeant says.