Sunday, January 06, 2008
A Description of the Green Zone
Not a good description, but not a bad one either. Usually everything I read about the Green Zone in the news is from some Schlep of a reporter who's disgruntled about being here and either:
a) bashes the place and spews inaccurate information
b) gives out critical security details that put us all in danger (no kidding)
c) claims we're all pampered and spoiled with too many amenities
Always remember that when you come across an article about the Green Zone it's describing the State Department facilities and not the U.S. Military facilities. It's just a fact of life that State Department civilian employees will always be pampered compared to the military. It doesn't bother us because we know what we signed up for. It only bothers us when we read stories about State Department weenies back home who compare living out here to living in a prison where you're almost guaranteed to die from an attack (or a lack of Starbucks and Gap stores). Sure, most of us have the ability to eat at the Embassy or buy a Cup of Joe from the coffee shop, but we rarely ever have the time, and the pain of getting there from where we are sometimes outweighs the benefits.
So, without further delay I give you a somewhat OK, State Department-focused description of the Green Zone that doesn't appear to give out super secret security details, bash the place too much, and offers balance to the 'spoiled amenities' mantra.
Wow, it even has some photos. That elevates it up to 'OK' status.
A Darker Shade Of Green Zone
posted by El Capitan at 6:38 AM
Major T, the whole thing is frustrating. We know that the liberal media will try everything to make Bush and your efforts look bad. But we also know you guys and gals are making progress. Just be proud of what you have accomplished and don't let the media pussies bother you. If you need to get even, challenge them to spend the day with your and not in their hotel room.2:41 PM
I agree with coffeypot on this one (after all, great minds think alike).
All of y'all over there in the middle of things shouldn't worry about those reporters and their biased reports.
Like he said, let them walk a day in your shoes - if they have the guts.
Keep up the good work and stay safe.
According to that reporter I don't know what you're complaining about Tony, you've "...got your fill of iceberg lettuce and jello..." Maybe we should all just give up and leave since the "good old days" of the Iraq conflict are gone.
Sounds like that reporter just never left the Green Zone and got bored. Or if he never got permission of whatever it is he needs to leave the Green Zone, he conveniently left that out.