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Baghdad Ten Years Ago – 11 NOV 07


WEEK 52: After nearly a year of this, readership is waning as it must be repetitive. My interest ten years ago wasn’t waning as the Coalition and the information team made more progress every day. A Helping Hand “I’m from the government and I’m here to help” – Institutional Witticism Perhaps they just want money. … Continue reading Baghdad Ten Years Ago – 11 NOV 07

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Baghdad Ten Years Ago – 04 Nov 07


WEEK 51: The 1st Cavalry Division Headquarters and Brigades have been in Baghdad over a year. The imams are vying for better position in the information space. Meanwhile, I’m contemplating excuses to violate General Order #1 and go boozing. Based on recent military legal outcomes, looks like I might have had a decent excuse. Holy… Continue reading Baghdad Ten Years Ago – 04 Nov 07

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Baghdad Ten Years Ago – 28 Oct 07


WEEK 50: Disseminating backpacks to children should be easy. Barbie Doll Backpacks I glared at the photo of school girls receiving backpacks in somewhat disbelief.  The storyboard was more “Good News” stories to make us feel good about doing something for the children.  I admit that seeing the children get excited about a gift is a nice… Continue reading Baghdad Ten Years Ago – 28 Oct 07

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Baghdad Ten Years Ago – 21 Oct 07


WEEK 49: The boss approved Mission Branding – Whoop! Strike up the Band It is official folks.  The Division Commander approved the recommended Mission Branding: Coalition Forces support Iraqis for a secure and unified Iraq.  I guess the timing was right or I adequately prepped the leadership.  Everybody grasped the concept and purpose of Mission… Continue reading Baghdad Ten Years Ago – 21 Oct 07

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Baghdad Ten Years Ago – 14 Oct 07


WEEK 48:  Ten years ago, the Sunni Awakening with the help of many Shia Iraqis collaborated to oust Al Qaeda In Iraq (AQAI). At that time, Iran started to hedge its position for the future which is the topic of this week’s essay. Recall the start of Charlton Heston narrating the movie Armageddon. To paraphrase,… Continue reading Baghdad Ten Years Ago – 14 Oct 07

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Baghdad Ten Years Ago – 07 OCT 17


WEEK 47: Mission Impossible Deuce “Right now I’ll bet you one of those metaphorical beers that if we polled ten soldiers across the division what the mission is we would get ten different answers.” – Anonymous BLACKJACK Brigade Sergeant First Class “The aim is to create a free and democratic Iraq” – US Embassy statement… Continue reading Baghdad Ten Years Ago – 07 OCT 17