U.S. air strikes in Iraq have people in Lowcountry tense
PARRIS ISLAND (WTOC) -
There are a lot of soldiers and Marines and their families
living in the Lowcountry and the Coastal Empire, and many are watching the
situation in Iraq closely.
They all have one big question on their minds: could this
lead to another war?
A new group of Marines just graduated from Parris Island on
Friday, and a grandfather of one of those Marines said the possibility of war
was on his mind.
The man is a vet himself, so seeing his grandson graduate on
Friday was a proud moment. However, the news of the U.S. airstrikes in Iraq
made him feel uneasy. He said if the U.S. does go to war, and his grandson is
sent to fight, he said he understands.
"That's what the U.S. military is all about, protecting this
country and the American citizens and the free people around the world," said
Charles Ireland. "He knew the situation when he joined the Marines."
Ireland's grandson, Patrick, is a new member of the Marines,
one of the hundreds that graduated on Friday. The same day the U.S. dropped 500
pound bombs on Islamic militants, also known as ISIS.
"There are Kurdish security forces that are seeking to
dislodge that siege there at Shingal Mountain, and if American military assists
can be helpful in supporting Kurdish forces, then airstrikes could be carried
out in pursuit of that goal," said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
Ireland may agree with the president's choice, but Brian and
Anne Glynn, whose brother served in Iraq, don't.
"I'm patriotic, and I believe in freedom and protecting those
that can't protect themselves, but I just think it's unnecessary," Brian Glynn
said. "We've trained those people to defend themselves."
Air strikes do not mean the U.S. is going to war. In some
cases, they're simply a warning.
During a briefing on Friday afternoon, Earnest said, "America
will not fight another war in Iraq."