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Friday, July 15, 2005

The last throes...

It occurs to me that a fairly reliable, and really simple, metric for understanding how we're faring in Iraq is: how far apart are our forces from the Iraqis we are seeking to uplift/rescue/deliver unto democracy?

Outside of military bases, most of official Washington's Baghdad mission is inside the Green Zone, a heavily fortified area in the center of the city. To get from the Green Zone to the city outside its walls requires a trip through a heavily guarded, zigzagging course of concrete barricades, razor wire and tank traps. Needless to say, some distance must be travelled for an American to meet an ordinary Iraqi not already affiliated with the U.S. operation.

So it comes with some sadness to report that the little stuffed teddy bears soldiers hand out to Iraqi children are delivered from a few hundred feet above. Can't be too cautious in a war zone. This bit of *good* news courtesy of the Defense Department press shop.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Redleg said...

Hey,
Cornhuskerblogger, are you a graduate of the University of Nebraska?

I am class of 2002 (Ph.D.).

7/15/2005 6:01 PM  
Blogger cornhuskerblogger said...

born and bred, but not a unl grad.

7/15/2005 6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We want to be loved. Is that so bad?

7/16/2005 12:03 PM  

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