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We left here, FOB Gabe, about noon on Tuesday. We drove to FOB Warhorse, the huge post on the other side of the city from us, and stayed there until our Chinook helicopters came at around 11PM. Watching them fly in over our heads was muy impressivo. Too bad the pictures I took of them didn't come out because it was so dark. The rotor wash beat down on us as we crammed inside for a two hour ride. We finally got to the hotel about 1:30 the next morning to lock our body armor and weapons in a conex.

My body clock was screwed from being on the night shift, so I slept most of the time during the day and stayed up until 6AM or so watching movies. I never had breakfast or lunch, but the dinners were awesome. Breaded chicken breast, beef chunks in some kind of sauce, two kinds of rice, limp fries, other stuff I can't remember, and lots of fruit. They can keep the rest of the food there, I just wish we had that much fruit here at our dining hall here. Sigh.

Our first day there we were told not to go in the lake, because the local Iraqi villiage used it for their... business. People would literally take dumps right in front of you. There was supposed to be a boat trip the last day, but it ended up being canceled. Oh well.

Now for some pictuarz!

Out front of the hotel.

The lobby.

The pool.

View from the pool.

Backside of the hotel.

Poolside bar where they served dinner the last night.

View of the front from my room. All these guys came screaming in about an hour before we left. I'm surprised there weren't any accidents the way they were driving in the crowded parking lot.

Another view from my room.

Stop sign at FOB Warhorse, where we flew from. Apparently three guys in half a canoe means stop in Arabic.

Now that's a big red one!

A scorpion me and a KBR guy found in the warehouse we were staying in. Half the pictures I took were bad because the viewfinder on my camera was so dark. The few I got had Mr. Scorpy along the edges, and that's why my head is cut off.

The tent we slept in on our way back here, also used for R&R people coming back. How thoughtful of them! Fuckers.


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Aug. 15th, 2004 08:39 pm (UTC)
It's interesting how that sign is in English first.
Aug. 16th, 2004 01:53 pm (UTC)
It is on an American military base...
Aug. 16th, 2004 03:09 pm (UTC)
I could go on about that too but...
Aug. 16th, 2004 03:29 pm (UTC)
Your logic eludes me.
Aug. 16th, 2004 08:18 pm (UTC)
It would just take a long long time and a lot of effort to explain why I find it fucked up that the U.S. has military bases all over the world and I doubt anything would sink in with you so I'm not going to get into it. But just trust that I'm not someone who pulls shit out of my ass--there's logic to my thoughts, whether or not you agree with them.
Aug. 17th, 2004 02:31 pm (UTC)
Whoa whoa whoa, hold up. Just because I'm in the military doesn't mean I agree with everything they do. Just because I'm in the military doesn't mean I like it. You've never made a life-changing mistake before? And just because I'm in the military doesn't mean I'm an idiot and things won't 'sink in'. So sorry for not understanding what you were saying between your first two content-sparse comments.

I still don't know what having military bases around the world has to do with a bilingual stop sign on an Iraqi military post, though, and I'm not "agreeing" or disagreeing with anything. I'm just trying to figure out what you meant. I thought that was a trait women usually appreciated in guys. ;)
Aug. 17th, 2004 04:27 pm (UTC)
I'm refering to a time before I expressed some political opinion and you shot back with your own--and it was something about how the Iraqis generally think it's good the U.S. (a comment that could be perpetually unpacked, for example WHY do some of them think it's good, in what way exactly, what are the reasons for that bla bla...) So I'm meaning to say military folk are incapable of disagreeing with their own government, just that given prior conversation I don't think you'd be very receptive to my ways of thinking about this shit and so why fuss?

As for women and men shit, I don't fucking know. I don't get gender stereotypes like that.

And your prior comment did seem to me to have a snippy tone to it moreso than just a "figuring out what you meant" kind of tone.

Anyway, in short, the U.S. establishes military bases in other countries as a threat and a measure of control often times. Here you have a beautiful resort on a lake in a region of the world where American's are hated. That land doesn't rightfully belong to the U.S. military. Maybe the Iraqis would like to enjoy some of the prime spots in their own friggin' country which we attacked on the premise that they had WMDs--and now we know they did not, but like, N. Korea does--why not take out their infrastructure--hmmm...I know! b/c they actually do have WMDs and pose an actual friggin' threat the U.S.

Every statement I make seems in my mind to require further and further explanation and my brain is so tired--my last day of college ever is tomorrow and I don't want to go into other important points like how the war definitely is to an extent about oil, how it's part of a mid-east agenda that's been in the works for over fo
Aug. 18th, 2004 04:30 pm (UTC)
Well, I wasn't trying to be snippy now, before, or last time we had a discussion. I honestly didn't even remember when we talked about the Iraqis 'liking us here', though I do now that you mention it.

About that: While I do know for a fact that many Iraqis like that we are here, that doesn't mean I agree with our reasons for this war, or how it was managed/manhandled. Yes, the majority of military folk are incapable of disagreeing with Junion and Co., but I am not. I hate being here. I hate that hundreds of 'good guys' have died for this stupid shit, and thousands have life-altering injuries that will be with them forever. Flawed or not, these people are my comrades, my friends. They made a sacrifice just by signing up, and now some of them are dead. Don't blame them for Dubya's greed.

No offense, but you don't seem to be very receptive to other ways of thinking besides your own personal bias. Being receptive means being open to all ways of thought, not just the ones you agree with.

I'm sorry you came away with that impression of me last time, it's not who I am at all. I think I was just trying to give an example of something good that came out of this mess. Did you read my post on Fahrenheit 9/11? Does that look like something a good little soldier boy would write?

The 'women and men shit' was a joke, that's why I used a winky. ;)

The 'beautiful resort' is a decent Iraqi-owned hotel that is contracted out to be used by the soldiers. I doubt the guy was coerced into taking money for the use of his hotel.

Like I said before, I don't agree with the reasons given for coming here. It was for oil, and it's hard to dispute that. Yes, we should go after North Korea and other countries with nukes that have repeatedly said they want to use them on others (*cough*India*cough*Pakistan*cough*hack*choke*). Unfortunately, that's not my decision to make. But that's why we vote for who does. Do you vote? 18-24 (or 26, happy birthday soon if I forget) is not a very popular demographic in the voting booth...

And no, I'm not trying to make your life difficult. You don't have to reply if you don't want to. But at least think about what I've written. Thanks. :)
Aug. 15th, 2004 09:01 pm (UTC)
Stop sign at FOB Warhorse, where we flew from. Apparently three guys in half a canoe means stop in Arabic. <---rofl, <3 <3 jack.

at least it looks like it was a nice change of scenery =) NOW COME HOME DAMMIT >D
Aug. 15th, 2004 10:09 pm (UTC)
Did you get your own room at Lake Dokan?

Did you go swimming?

You like fruit??? I knew about the ones that you DIDN'T like....

I would like to see more photo's of your face!!!

Aug. 15th, 2004 10:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, come on. You can tell us the truth. They really had to borrow your head from that one shot so they could have a 2 headed canoo person on the stop sign. It's ok. We understand. ^_^
Aug. 16th, 2004 01:39 am (UTC)
How's about no more pictures of scorpions...*shudder*
Aug. 16th, 2004 01:57 pm (UTC)
You're gonna love tonight's post. >:D
Aug. 16th, 2004 04:47 pm (UTC)
Um, no?
Aug. 16th, 2004 04:57 pm (UTC)
Dragonflies, bees, and geckos, oh my!
Aug. 16th, 2004 05:14 pm (UTC)
nope, sorry...just bothered by the scorpions...
Aug. 16th, 2004 05:29 pm (UTC)
You mean scorpions?
Aug. 16th, 2004 05:31 pm (UTC)
There's NO WAY IN HELL I'm gonna click on that link
Aug. 16th, 2004 05:38 pm (UTC)
C'mon! I was just joking about the scorpions. It's actually a butterfly.
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