This straightforward account of life in Iraq by a Marine officer was initially sent just to a small group of family and friends. His honest but wry narration and unusually frank dissection of the mission contrasts sharply with the story presented by both sides of the Iraq war debate.
Read the entire letter here, but here are some excerpts.
- Most Profound Man in Iraq â€” an unidentified farmer in a fairly remote area who, after being asked by Reconnaissance Marines if he had seen any foreign fighters in the area replied “Yes, you.”
- Worst E-Mail Message â€” “The Walking Blood Bank is Activated. We need blood type A+ stat.” I always head down to the surgical unit as soon as I get these messages, but I never give blood â€” there’s always about 80 Marines in line, night or day.
- Second Biggest Mystery â€” if there’s no atheists in foxholes, then why aren’t there more people at Mass every Sunday.
- Worst Smell â€” Porta-johns in 120-degree heat â€” and that’s 120 degrees outside of the porta-john.
- Biggest Hassle â€” High-ranking visitors. More disruptive to work than a rocket attack.
- Best Chuck Norris Moment â€” 13 May. Bad Guys arrived at the government center in a small town to kidnap the mayor, since they have a problem with any form of government that does not include regular beheadings and women wearing burqahs. There were seven of them. As they brought the mayor out to put him in a pick-up truck to take him off to be beheaded (on video, as usual), one of the Bad Guys put down his machine gun so that he could tie the mayor’s hands. The mayor took the opportunity to pick up the machine gun and drill five of the Bad Guys. The other two ran away. One of the dead Bad Guys was on our top twenty wanted list. Like they say, you can’t fight City Hall.