Spec. David Williams, 22. of Boston, Mass., had two note cards in his pocket Wednesday afternoon as he waited for Sen. Joseph Lieberman. Williams serves in the 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg N.C., the first of the five "surge" brigades to arrive in Iraq.
The night before, 30 other soldiers crowded around him with questions for the Senator. He wrote them all down. At the top of the note card was the question he got from nearly every one of his fellow soldiers:
"When are we going to get out of here?"
Next to him Spec. Will Hedin, 21 of Chester, Conn. thought about what he was going to say.
"We're not making qany progress". Hedin said as he recalled a comrade who was shot by a sniper last week.
"It just seems we drive around and wait to get shot at."
Spec. Kevin Krasco, 20, of Medford, Mass. and Spec. Kevin Adams, 20, of Moosup, Conn. chimed in with their dismay before turning the conversation to baseball.
"Its like everything else in this war", Adams said, referring to Baghdad, 'It hasn't changed."
It isn't clear whether Williams mentioned the last line on his note card, the one that had a star next to it.
"We don't feel like we're making any progress", it said.