• Happy Thanksgiving 2012!

    November 22, 2012

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    Posted in: Embassy/State, Iraq

    To celebrate Thanksgiving, here is a video of our Thanksgiving at FOB Hammer in Iraq, November 2009. As part of the celebration, the officers served dinner to the enlisted men and women. I assisted– because I had a beard, I am the one wearing a facemask stretched over the lower part of my chin.

    You could almost write a book based just on the history of Thanksgivings in our war in Iraq. Remember in 2003, flush with manly, victory-laced testosterone, George W. Bush secretly flew into Iraq to have turkey dinner with the troops? Then, during the boom years of occupation, no expense was spared to provide a full, all-the-trimmings Thanksgiving feast for our men and women in uniform, such as you can witness in the video above.

    Meanwhile, as we ate out meal in 2009, in the freedom city of Basra on Thanksgiving Day, at least nine people were killed and 40 wounded when three bombs exploded in a market. Many of the casualties were police and soldiers who responded to the scene of the first blast, officials said. Hospital sources put the toll at nine dead and 40 wounded, while a police source said 11 people were killed and 42 wounded.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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    • Expat said...


      Happy Thanksgiving, PVB, to you and your family! One of the things I give thanks for is the good work that you’re doing. 🙂

      11/22/12 3:07 PM | Comment Link

    • Eric Hodgdon said...


      No, I still haven’t read your book, but I did look at the table of contents. I’ve maybe 10 more years of living than you, so I’ve had a great fill in reading history, such as Gibbon’s ‘Decline and Fall….’ – a monster at 7 vols. whereby the time one finishes, one must start again from the time it takes one will have forgotten the beginning. It’s like painting a house or the Golden Gate Bridge.

      More recently, I tackled the US founding era, where my search was for when ‘it’ went ‘wrong.’

      The first chinks were the Kentucky and Virgina Resolutions prompted by the Alien and Sedition Acts. The attempt to hold the federal government accountable to the Constitution failed. So, the country had about 10 years before the decline started in how the People’s Authority was to be controlled.

      Can any system last as it was intended, or thought it should be?

      I’m smelling turkey.

      11/22/12 7:14 PM | Comment Link

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