"The country itself, it's changed tremendously," he said proudly. "I don't know if I ever thought I'd see it, but I hoped that our actions here ... would allow that change to happen, and now seeing it, it's amazing."
He characterized the situation in Iraq as a rebirth of a country, comparing it to the United States.
"This is where we were 232 years ago as a new nation," he said. "Now they're starting a new nation, and that's one of my big reasons for coming back here. It wasn't for other Marines to look at me and say, 'Oh wow, you're a tough guy.'
"It's in part to show appreciation to my fallen Marines and also to tell the people of this country that ... I'm back to help you in any way I can, again."
This guy isn't whining at all. He got up and kept going. That's a hero. I look at those running for President and they have not done anything close to what he has done for the service of their country. I'd like to see Obama or Hillary get a uniform on and go back into the fire after what Spanky went through. I think all I would see would see is wet pants.