Sunday, February 20, 2005

Tidbits of soldier talk

“It’s bad when you say this is a good bomb because it’s only a 120mm,” one soldier said the other day.
Later, from another trooper whose truck was in a convoy hit by a deeply buried IED ... improvised explosive device: “One guy said, ‘They buried it too deep.’ I said, ‘There’s no such thing as too deep, you dumb ass. They didn’t bury it deep enough.’ ”
From yet another: "It's pretty bad when you start joking about stuff like, 'You dumb asses, you set it off too soon. If you'd waited 10 seconds, you'd have blown us all up.' It's bad."
Sudden death is no joking matter, yet soldiers here in Iraq joke away merrily, nonstop. It's one way they deal with the constant pressure, apprehension and fear, and still go outside the wire.


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