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January 05, 2007

Dispatch from al-Anbar province

Via gordo, a fascinating essay about life as a U.S. Marine officer in Iraq's Al-Anbar province: A truck load of flex-cuffed midgets.

Here's another great passage:

Greatest Vindication - Stocking up on outrageous quantities of Diet Coke from the chow hall in spite of the derision from my men on such hoarding, then having a 122mm rocket blast apart the giant shipping container that held all of the soda for the chow hall. Yep, you can't buy experience.

Biggest Mystery - How some people can gain weight out here. I'm down to 165 lbs. Who has time to eat?

Second Biggest Mystery - if there's no atheists in foxholes, then why aren't there more people at Mass every Sunday?

I have no way of verifying the provenance of this essay. I'm assuming it's legit, it sounds plausible to my civilian ears. Regardless, I'm linking to it because it's a fine piece of creative writing.


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A truck load of flex-cuffed midgets?

Ooo baby, a picture of that would have been TOO strange to contemplate.

Best Intel Work - Finding Jill Carroll's kidnappers - all of them. I was mighty proud of my guys that day. I figured we'd all get the Christian Science Monitor for free after this, but none have showed up yet.

Good news. Thanks guys.

That letter is really old. Maybe a year?

I first saw this a while back.

It's been edited since (a few things have been excised)

It's legit, so far as I can discover.


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