Sleeping War Away

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Delivering Democracy To The World

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One sandbag at a time…

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No Knock Knock Joke

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Kirkuk

after Ilya Kaminsky

Let us wash our faces of this dust and forget how the dirt collects in our wounds.
Let the women mourn the way they have never had the time to mourn their men.
Let their men kneel on the roof, clearing their throats, and know those are not guns in their hands
but telescopes, they want to see the universe unfold without a bang.
Let our hearts beat fast without pulling our triggers.
Let there be room for doubt.

What is silence? Something of the sky in us.

We are on our bellies in this silence, Lord.

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The 101st

After the soldiers leave, Farha
And her three daughters and her two nieces and her mother
Spend a week cleaning the house
That has a hole where the door used to be.
They take all the china from the cupboards,
Pile it on the floor, on the table, on the counter;
It takes them two days to wash them.
Then, they put the vases to bed on the sofa
And, sitting in a circle on the floor, they all find a job
And soon the vases are clean.
They spend two days washing every piece of fabric
From every cupboard, every drawer.
They spend a night wiping all the walls,
Hours sweeping the floors.
But when Farha can’t find her burkas she realizes
This house will never again be her home.

(And in twenty minutes, the Airborne’s
Undone it all again.)

Afghanistan

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Not sure where this is. Grabbed it off the internet a long time ago – probably from here.

The Return

inspired by Clinton’s post earlier this morning.
after Andrei Platonov.

On the morning he comes home
Regret folds through her body like hips
Undulating under a slave driver’s whip
And there is nothing for her to say except

I’m sorry

and nothing for her to do but to hope
it is enough
like the clouds hope the wind
is enough
like the dust hopes the sun
is enough
to pull from the soil what water
there once was hope
in the water they drank
but now there’s only the sting
of salt that they imagine
between sips of conversation
stinging in the wounds he wishes
he’d received because it would
give her a reason to care for him
like God used to care for His children.

Regrets

“my only regret
is not having the courage
to have any.”

– an email from a friend of mine when he got back stateside.

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Iraqi/Syrian border around ’09/’10’. now, Syria is commiting massive war crimes and nobody does shit all.

Fighting Holes

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Ranger grave up. These arent comfy but i miss them. They’re also more comfortable than most sleeping arrangements in-country once you get outside the FOB.

korengal

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Think this might be Restrepo. Korengal valley is infamous in Afghanistan. It’s also where Pat Tillman was killed (Jon Krakauer wrote a good book about that).

US Army clears a house

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“Capt. Amy Bishop

Soldiers of the 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division prepare to clear a home during Operation Starlite, a nine-day mission in the Salah Ah Din province of Iraq. The mission was conducted to rid the area of Anti Iraqi Forces.”

Anyone got a definition of “Anti Iraqi Forces”? I’m assuming that, because they live in Iraq, they’re probably Iraqis…who…don’t like Iraq? But we love Iraq SO MUCH that we’re gonna get rid of those people who don’t. Some PR brass is working overtime.

P.S: We are also going to get rid of terror by raiding peoples’ homes when they least expect it.
P.P.S: With our scary looking guns.

Kids And War Go Together Like Mac’n’Cheese

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Squared Away

Sep. 15, 2011

after Edward Said


No less fearsome are the guerrillas.

Abu Ghraib, Iraq

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