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Soldiering in Iraq

January 3, 2007

One of the hardest things about forming a view of what’s “really” going on in Iraq is the nature of the information available to us. It’s not that there’s too little; if anything, there’s too much. Every journalist, commentator, pundit, politician and spin doctor wants to get his or her take in front of the public. Doesn’t really help by much. You know it’s just opinion, not fact or observation.

Now TIME has just published a fascinating email from an officer in the US Marine Corps — originally intended for family and friends only — which shows what it’s really, “really” like. It’s a tough, cynical, unvarnished, un-spun account that’s well worth a read.

This was good:

Most Surreal Moment — Watching Marines arrive at my detention facility and unload a truck load of flex-cuffed midgets. 26 to be exact. We had put the word out earlier in the day to the Marines in Fallujah that we were looking for Bad Guy X, who was described as a midget. Little did I know that Fallujah was home to a small community of midgets, who banded together for support since they were considered as social outcasts. The Marines were anxious to get back to the midget colony to bring in the rest of the midget suspects, but I called off the search, figuring Bad Guy X was long gone on his short legs after seeing his companions rounded up by the giant infidels.

More of this, please, and less of the B/S.

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