http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/04/27/damon.baladtroops/index.html BALAD, Iraq (CNN) -- As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made their surprise visits to Baghdad on Wednesday, many of the troops stationed north of Baghdad, in Balad and Dujail, say either they didn't know about it or didn't care. "I'd ask him for a plane ticket home to see my wife. I have barely seen her in the last two years," said a young sergeant, who did not want to be identified. Like many of the soldiers with the 4th Infantry Division, he is on his second deployment to Iraq. Some joked that whenever VIP's come to visit they just go to the main bases and meet the "fobbits," the nickname given to troops who do not go outside the barbed wire. "They have to get out to see the people that are doing the jobs they are making them do. If they didn't they would not be very good leaders," said Maj. Michael Humphreys, one of the few soldiers here willing to tell journalists some of his opinions on senior leadership. *** Support our troops as liberals have done all along and demand accountability and courage from our leaders. Our leaders stay in their fishtanks and direct our soldiers into harms way in war that even Bush admits won't be won during his term. It's heartening to see soldiers doing their jobs and finding ways to express their disapproval for our leaders. They have to be careful, though, or righties will accuse them of supporting the terrorists. Support our troops. Bring them home. Support Bush and Al Qaida (for different reasons, of course). Leave the troops in Iraq.