George Bush just left the Bob Hope Dining Facility a short time ago, but not before interrupting my chances at dinner. I simulated by having a Turkey MRE. I understand, the dinner was supposed to be a morale builder for the troops and that makes the interruption understandable, I just wish I’d known in advance, I’d have eaten something for breakfast or lunch to make sure I’d had a hot meal.
For that matter, if I’d known DURING the meal, I could have gotten pictures to post here when he left.
That’s okay, one of the guys I work with got a few shots, so when he emails them to me, I’ll post them here.
In the meantime, I think I’m going to have that bag of M&Ms that came in the MRE for dessert.
Oh, and I’m not bitter, just hungry.
Due to the fact that I don’t know who is reading this blog, and I know that some wives of contractors are, I’m going to keep this one vague, deliberately.
I talked to a guy by the name of Robert, with Red Sea Housing, this afternoon. He was telling me that he’d just returned from another site where, overnight, there were 101 mortar attacks against the camp. Throughout the night there were firefights between the military and insurgents (believed to be Sunni). He returned at first light this morning, without incident, other than lost sleep.
I’m thankful that I’m not there, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the people that are there.
A soldier at the checkpoint told me yesterday that there were two Iraqi men, laborers, who had gotten into the habit of bringing food a few times a week. These men would arrive later than the majority of the workers and talk with the soldiers as well as share food with them.
Two days ago that stopped.
The labor detail that these two men were part of had to go in earlier than usual and these men were recognized by some of the other workers. The other laborers all started shouting “Saddam’s men! Saddam’s Men!” and once identified the two workers were removed from the crowd and incarcerated by the Military Police. I’m guessing that they are in one of the POW camps today.
For all the negative news that comes out of the media, and all of the “Iraqi’s Hate America” bullshit that the media spouts, you’d think that the Iraqi’s don’t want America here, but I see the opposite with these workers every day.