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secret letter

2006-10-09 18:34:33.872898+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Time: Secret Letter from Iraq:

Biggest Hassle — High-ranking visitors. More disruptive to work than a rocket attack. VIPs demand briefs and "battlefield" tours (we take them to quiet sections of Fallujah, which is plenty scary for them). Our briefs and commentary seem to have no effect on their preconceived notions of what's going on in Iraq. Their trips allow them to say that they've been to Fallujah, which gives them an unfortunate degree of credibility in perpetuating their fantasies about the insurgency here.

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-10-09 20:03:57.446405+00 by: petronius

A friend of mine who was a photographer in Viet Nam told the tale of some US entertainer visiting the troops who wanted to see a little "action". The general said he could arrange a visit to a certain firebase. My friend, who was taking pictures, went ashen; this particular place was called "Rocket City" because of its proximity to the Cambodian frontier and the Cong's habit of shooting off rocket morters at odd intervals. So they went, met the troops, and Charlie fired a few rockets, causing all and sundry to dive into the adhesive mud to save their skins. I suppose this happens in every war.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-10-09 21:27:55.455284+00 by: meuon

Heck, I'd be tempted to take them into the really hot spots.. without armor. We'd have a couple less politico's.. and a lot less future visitors.