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(WLNS) - As the US gears up for military action in Iraq those who've already served overseas are giving their take on the tense situation abroad.
Emerald Morrow has more from one Lansing veteran frustrated with the US foreign policy.
For Dakota Serna strumming the strings of his guitar is a hobby but serving his country? He calls that a duty.
"it doesn't matter if you're American, it doesn't matter if you're Muslim, it doesn't matter who you are. If you're a good person trying to do good things, you know, that freedom is worth dying for," Serna says.
Something Serna almost did.
He served as a rifleman in the Marine Corps from 2003 to 2007.
He spent time in Iraq during Operation Phantom Fury, the biggest Marine combat operation since Hue City, Vietnam in 1968.
"It was a slaughter. And having done that and watch my friends die, it is a little bit disappointing to see that this war continues on," Serna adds.
Disappointing and frustrating, Serna says, to see Al-Qaeda-linked groups wreaking havoc again after all the sacrifices military forces made to keep them at bay.
"Al Qaeda and those guys that we dealt with back in 2004 when I was there, to me, they're like a cancer. And yeah, you can get rid of some cancers, but some come back, and they have to be eradicated."
And even with all the troops, all the battles, for Serna, there's still something missing.
"I don't think the US has done enough to begin with. I think this is a big and utter failure on our leadership and those in charge. They didn't really know what to do or what they were getting into," Serna says.
And that creates an emotional battle for Serna; knowing the US needs to finish the job but wishing those fighting overseas could get out now
"I wish we could bring all of our troops home," Serna concludes.