Third ID Leader Blasts Media

Command Sgt. Maj.Clarence Stanley via satellite from Iraq.
Command Sgt. Maj.Clarence Stanley via satellite from Iraq.

Friday morning, WTOC spoke with Command Sgt. Maj.Clarence Stanley of Fort Stewart's Third Infantry Divion about withdrawing the troops.

Stanley spoke to us via satellite from Iraq, where he says troops are in good spirits and are determined to finish the mission President Bush has given them. Stanley says, while soldiers are getting an outpouring of support from family and friends, misconceptions about the levels of success in Iraq do take a toll on morale.

"They say we give them a dog and pony show when we have visitors over here. Nothing could be further from the truth. When we bring people here, they are seeing the real deal, " Stanley said. "It's funny when I see the news and I know what really happened and then you see what they report."

Stanley says soldiers are currently supporting Iraqi police and military who he says have grown leaps and bounds since he saw the inception of the Iraqi army on his first tour of Iraq. This is Stanley's third tour.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com