Monday, July 04, 2005

Outstanding interview with four soldiers back from Iraq

The NewsHour on PBS just presented the most informative and thoughtful interviews on Iraq that anyone has aired. The format was simple: Margaret Warner asked each of four young Iraq war veterans about what they had personally observed and experienced while on duty in various stations during the current Iraq war. None of the men ranked higher than sergeant. The conversation was highly illuminating, better than hours of "final throes" talk from Bush officials or retired brass.

These young men articulately explained the real difficulties they encountered dealing with insurgents, equipment and supply problems, inexplicable orders from on high, and so much more. You could tell that different ideologies were represented, but when their views varied, they treated each other with respect.

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