When Marines Leave a City, They Do Not Leave Neatly

6/29/2009 1:24:31 PM

Tags: Great Writing, Reported Writing, Iraq, Occupation, The Atlantic, Jeff Severns Guntzel

Soldiers file onto plane in Iraq

All over Iraq, American forces are striking camp and withdrawing from cities. Blogging for the AtlanticGraeme Wood offers a snapshot of the withdrawal, with an eye for the details most news reports leave out:

The only thing uglier than a military base is a military base that is being torn down. Camp Tash is nearly gone, and it is already half landfill and all eyesore. While walking around I tallied the objects buried in the sand: a leather sandal, frayed coaxial cables, many plastic bags, scattered live 5.56mm rounds, plastic bottles galore.

And stacks of old wood are everywhere. The Marines' weapon of choice is the crowbar, with a claw-hammer for a sidearm. They crawl over SWA huts, ripping out plywood and wearing rifle vests if they rise above the berm and into the sights of potential snipers. In the middle of the afternoon, three Iraqis show up, one in a police uniform, with a truck. They scavenge as much wood as they can carry. One of them, Adnan Yusuf, is plump and huffs smoke through the gaps in his teeth. He is smiling, because there's money in that wreckage. “Business is good," he says. "I just spent three months tearing apart bases in Hit and Ramadi.”

Source: The Atlantic 



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Eliahu Gal-Or
9/7/2009 11:41:06 AM
I grew up in Napoli, Italy, and can tell youthat since WW2 tens of thousands of children have been born to local girls impregnated bu G.I.s , a sizable portion of them by outright rape, and thazt the standard U. S. Armed Forces policy is to whisk the father away and not reveal his whereabouts, offer the girl enough money to pay for an abortion that thank G-d is generally refused, and despite the fact that De Yure Sanguinis the child is entitled to US citizenship and the mother to a Green Card according to US law, just play the three monkeys game. Comments welcome at pizzarebbe@gmail.com Eliahu Gal-Or the Pizza Rebbe (Google my name...)

Eliahu Gal-Or
9/7/2009 11:08:48 AM
I grew up in Napoli, Italy, and can tell youthat since WW2 tens of thousands of children have been born to local girls impregnated bu G.I.s , a sizable portion of them by outright rape, and thazt the standard U. S. Armed Forces policy is to whisk the father away and not reveal his whereabouts, offer the girl enough money to pay for an abortion that thank G-d is generally refused, and despite the fact that De Yure Sanguinis the child is entitled to US citizenship and the mother to a Green Card according to US law, just play the three monkeys game. Comments welcome at pizzarebbe@gmail.com Eliahu Gal-Or the Pizza Rebbe (Google my name...)

Adam U.
6/30/2009 10:47:18 PM
Unbelievable; the world screams for our withdrawal, and as it happens the Atlantic can't help but find one more thing unsatisfactory. Such arrogant indignation is what pushes centrist Democrats right. I wouldn't describe the Atlantic or Grammy Woods as having an eye for detail. Pages to fill and bones to pick is probably more accurate.



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