Troops And Politics

With the occupation of Iraq proving to be one of the main issues this election season, the voices of those who have actually served in the war-torn country are curious when it comes to politics. But a Denver Post article sheds some light on the military and those connected to it:

Thomas Siqueiros, 23, shrugs self-consciously. A roadside bomb left him with burns on his left arm, cuts on his neck – and an overwhelming urge to return to duty quickly with his scout platoon.

He didn’t keep up with politics during his deployment, unless you count a soldier’s frustration with relative ideological slants of the cable news networks.

“If I go into the voting booth, I’m not going to recall stuff on the battlefield,” Thomas Siqueiros says. “I don’t think looking at my deployment will affect how I vote.

Along with mentioning Vice President Dick Cheney’s recent visit to Colorado Springs, interviews reveal some dissenting opinions when it comes to “staying the course.”

Laura Siqueiros wants all that, but she’s looking for something more.

“I’m watching for somebody to say, ‘If elected, I’ll put Iraq on a timeline,”‘ she says. “I’m waiting for someone to have a backbone. They’re playing with our sons’ and daughters’ lives.”

According to the article, Laura Siqueiros is Thomas Siqueiros’s mother.

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at