Fort Knox residents respond to air strikes in Iraq


by WHAS editors

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 8 at 6:09 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - On Thursday night President Obama authorized military airstrikes on insurgents in Iraq.

Today we traveled to a city right here in Kentucky that knows all too well the struggles of war. Fort Knox/ Radcliffe.

A small town with a strong sense of pride and Military memorabilia everywhere you look.

We wanted to get the locals perspective on the situation in Iraq. 

Don Trout, a Korean War veteran, said, “I think they outta get out of there and leave it alone. They've been fighting for years and years, and they've never settled anything. They settle it, and go right back into fighting.”

The insurgents in Iraq were closing in on the Northern City of Erbil. A place heavily occupied by Americans and American Diplomats.

As a former member of the Navy, Trout fully supports our troops but believes we must know when it's time to go.

“It's just a never ending thing,” he said.

Telling us his concerns, he also made a comment that strikes an accord with many other military families.

“We can't be world peace keepers. They're going to fight no matter what we do. They're going to keep on until they break the United States,” Trout said.

Floyd Gregg said, “I think wear ‘em out.”

Floyd has no military affiliation, but like many folks, he has strong opinions about Iraq.

“They put our people in danger. I think when they dropped the first bit of American blood, we should hit them with everything that we've got. That's what I think,” he said.

What we found in this small community is that opinions vary like anywhere else.

But one thing that everyone seems to agree on

“My feelings is we gotta take care of our people first,” Gregg said.