Wonky Muse
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July 27, 2006

Waiting to Get Blown Up

How is morale?

"Think of what you hate most about your job. Then think of doing what you hate most for five straight hours, every single day, sometimes twice a day, in 120-degree heat," [Army Staff Sgt. Jose Sixtos ] said. "Then ask how morale is."

Frustrated? "You have no idea," he said.

[...]

"It sucks. Honestly, it just feels like we're driving around waiting to get blown up. That's the most honest answer I could give you," said Spec. Tim Ivey, 28, of San Antonio, a muscular former backup fullback for Baylor University. "You lose a couple friends and it gets hard."
Unfortunately, relief isn't coming any time soon:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military, faced with unrelenting violence in Baghdad, is expected to delay the departure of about 4,000 troops due to leave Iraq in the coming days in order to boost the size of the U.S. force, officials said on Wednesday.

[...]

President George W. Bush said on Tuesday at a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that more U.S. and Iraqi troops would be deployed in Baghdad from other parts of Iraq to try to curb sectarian violence in the capital amid concern that the country is sliding toward civil war.
Image: REUTERS/Slahaldeen Rasheed.

posted at 12:39 AM by Wonky Muse

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