Real News From Iraq

I’m sick to death of all the right wing blogs spouting off this or that about how wonderfully we’re doing in Iraq. And that goes double for the Bush administration. It’s a huge, steaming pile of horseshit. What follows below is an email from my old friend, Jason (not his real name), who is working as a contractor training police officers in Iraq.

> Just read about the big attack against police and recruits in Baghdad this
> morning. I hope you’re safe and doing well. I just wanted to let you know
> that we’re praying for you, Jason. I’m hoping you’re safe.

Hey, really nice to hear from you. Things are a bit crazy out here. I just
hope I’ve got more than only 9 lives. ;) I might have used them all up
already.

I’m stationed in [city removed] right now. Living on [base removed]. Things are
really quite crazy. The news doesn’t do it justice.

A couple pix for you (pic1 pic2 pic3). The one where I look upset, I’m really just “motivating”
my partner to get out of the hummer so we can continue on in the 140 degree
heat….motivation…..so he decided to take a picture of my motivation
techniques. ;)

Hope things are well with you and your family. Looks like I won’t make it back
for our ten year….unfortunately. I was looking forward to getting to see all
you guys again. Hopefully soon…

Take care Seth,
Jason

> Would you mind terribly if I posted this email on my website? I know a
> ton of folks who seem to think that things are hunky dory over in Iraq and
> don’t believe what they see on the TV.
>
> Hoping you’re getting three square meals and a good place to sleep.
> Thinking of you.

Hey, as long as you don’t put my name or my location. ;) I could get in a bit of trouble for “making a statement” to a type of “media outlet”. ifyou get what I mean. ;)

I suspect the news will begin showing a little more of the dirty laundry from this area as the elections get closer.

I had expressed my support for Jason and his efforts and my heartfelt solidarity with him. I want him to be safe, but even when he isn’t, there’s not another soul I’d rather have doing this kind of work. I miss Jason. I want him to come home safely. But let’s not kid ourselves that the violence in Iraq is getting better, because it’s not. It’s getting worse.

I pray for Jason every night. And I pray that things improve in Iraq, but I don’t fool myself that they’re good already and you shouldn’t either.

I love Jason to tears. I’ve known the guy since the sixth grade and, despite a rough patch during senior year, he is an amazing friend. Jason is in Iraq by choice because he believes he can make a difference an help the people and the nation. If he says things are bad, I sure as hell belive him.

Good night, Jason. I’m thinking of you.

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