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John

What veteran's go through psychologically? I'll give you a sample:
"Where can I get some decent shwarma around here?"
"$#%& commute! Why can't I just blow through red lights, speed, and park wherever I want? It'd be some much more convenient for me."
"This isn't shwarma! It's just stew meat! Goddamn it!"
"At least Iraq was warm."
"You call this a kebab?"
"I could be partying with Saddam's shaykh right now."
"Rosebud"
"At least Iraq didn't have theses."
"These guys drive almost as bad as Iraqis and there are no traffic cops. Maybe I should drive aggressively."
"I could really use some of those Iraqi watermelons."
"Aggressive driving? Bad idea."

Adam Smith

This show was amazing. I was so impressed by the guys they followed around, the "Misfits", John, you must have been with them, right?

These guys are out there every day patroling Baghdad, knowing they'll get ambushed. But they really believe in what their doing. Spreading democracy, buidling markets, making schools safe - whatever you think of the war, you have to be proud of these guys risking their lives to improve the Iraqi's lives.

I didn't understand how real the insurgency was until I watched this. Scary as hell.

APB

Adam: I doubt that anybody has or will ever question the integrity or courage of the individual soldiers who are fighting in this war. Never the less, the fact remains that Babbitt and 1700 other soldiers (and countless Iraqis) should not have had to die.
If you want a better idea of the strength of the insurgency, consider this: For every month from April 2004 to February 2005, more US soldiers have died in that month than the corresponding month from April 2003 to February 2004.
Amy Goodman in a speech said:

I really do think that if for one week in the United States we saw the true face of war, we saw people's limbs sheered off, we saw the kids blown apart, for one week war would be eradicated. Instead what we see in the U.S. media and it's just quite astounding, it's the video war game. Those gray-grainy photographs with a target on them looking down but you don't see, we don't see those people as the targets on the ground.
Juan Cole wrote a post a few months ago titled "If America were Iraq, What would it be Like?". The post incidently won Koufax award for the best post of the year. I highly recommend it.

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