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Tuesday, July 15

Generation Kill

Have any of you watched Generation Kill on HBO?

I thought that since I am so anti-war, I ought to watch it, so I did. It's based on the book of the same name by Evan Wright, a Rolling Stone Magazine embedded reporter who accompanied First Recon Marines from Kuwait into Bagdad in 2003. The characters are based on the real Marines of this first mission. The 7 week miniseries takes place in their thin-skinned Humvees while they discover that there was no real plan for the invasion of Iraq, but their objective was to kill. kill. kill. Interesting.

What I found amusing is that when Wright, the embedded reporter arrived from Rolling Stone, the Marines thought he was some sort of hippy, commie, but then when it was revealed that he also wrote for Hustler, he was welcomed whole heartedly. You see quite a bit of Hustler reading in the episode, but no Rolling Stone reading by the troops.

What struck me in the first episode was that these "cold blooded warriors" were sent there with inadequate equipment, no replacement parts and little supplies. This was something I was writing about 5 years ago, but the excuse given in the story is that this was done in order to keep them angry and yet thinking.... able to make decisions. In Kuwait, they had the embedded reporter and author order supplies for them because only civilians could get batteries and supplies needed. Other important parts for the Humvees were mail ordered by the troops which they paid for. This is something that pissed me off to no end in real life at that time, but the troops were quite resourceful so maybe there was a method to the madness.

You get to know the characters in this miniseries and they are quite interesting. One of them, Rudy, is actually playing himself. These are not the kind of boys I would like to be the mother of however, resourceful or not. Not sure if they were brainwashed in bootcamp or just born that way. Just my little old opinion.

Have you watched it? What do you think?
The schedule is here for those who would like to see it and have an ongoing discussion about it.

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