Friday, February 20, 2004

Deep Thoughts...

Deep Thoughts...
Saturday, February 21, 2004
12:09:00 AM CST

20 Feb 2004

Deep thoughts...from the porta-pottie! I was in the porta-pottie this morning and read a rather comical truism. I'm going to paraphrase it in a "G" rating sorta way for our more sensitive readers, ok? It read, "If this porta-pottie (this is the altered word) is a rockin, it's probably an RPG. You're going to die in the porta-pottie (once again an altered word)! Ha, Ha, Ha!!! Dietrick strikes again." Well Dietrick, aside from stating the obvious and being a realist, you're also a sick puppy! I was talking to a seargent at lunch today and she was saying that there was a time not so long ago when mortars and groundfire were an everyday occurance here at Victory like it is now at Anaconda (Balad) and even at Taji. Thankfully, things have calmed down here. We haven't had any close mortars since the first night we arrived here.

Had a day off today! A group of us took a little walk around part of the lake around the palace today. I was able to get some nice close-ups of the wall reliefs on some of the out-buildings around the lake. I was actually surprised by the number of reliefs that depicted Iraq's success over the US in the Gulf War. Now before you pooh-pooh that point of view, please consider the Iraqi view on the Gulf War. Sure they got chased out of Kuwait,but the US then backed down once they reached the outskirts of Baghdad. They didn't follow up their threats with any punishment. In fact any threats from the US were ignored by Saddam. We promised the Shiites in the south that we would be there to support them if they would riot against the Saddam regime, but when they rioted, the US was nowhere to be found. Saddam ended up putting in prison or to death 20,000 to 30,000 people. Hmmm, looks like Saddam got his way and the US didn't have the guts or the strength, or money to back up the promise for over ten years. In their eyes, Saddam was a victor and the US blinked first. The US lost their resolve and their confidence.
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