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A Carrier At War: On Board the USS Kitty Hawk in the Iraq by Richard F. Miller

By Richard F. Miller

What distinguishes Richard F. Miller's A provider at conflict is its specialize in person officials and sailors and shipboard morale as exact from the standard "bomb and bullet" reporting. The USS Kitty Hawk's challenge paralleled the tortuous process occasions best as much as the Iraq struggle. initially stationed within the northern Persian Gulf to implement the Southern No-Fly region, the Kitty Hawk turned one of many lead components within the crusade to "shock and awe" the Iraqi military, from the instant her conflict team introduced twelve of a few 40 Tomahawk cruise missiles within the first attempt to kill Saddam Hussein to the round the clock sorties of fighter jets introduced from her deck as soon as hostilities begun. the writer, who used to be current earlier than, in the course of, and after the start of the conflict, interviewed the ship's captain, chaplains, aviators, the send psychologist, medical professionals, the dentist, and the manager of protection. He visited the brig, interviewed the jailors, ate with either officials and enlisted women and men, and, near to warfare, attended either Christian and Jewish spiritual providers. probably of maximum value, due to his cigar behavior, he spent many hours within the one position on board the place the genuine face of existence at sea may be observed-the enlisted personnel's smoking sponson. the following the team secure and proved sincere adequate to allow the writer to make his such a lot dazzling discoveries in regards to the sleek army.

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There was something very sincere about this man, something beyond a merchant’s love. As we approached the Diplomat Hotel, Ellen finally asked him if he was interested in being our driver for a few days. ‘‘Very good, oh yes, very good,’’ he said happily. He wrote down his cell phone number and handed it to me. ’’ I asked when we arrived at the hotel. ‘‘As you wish, as you wish,’’ he repeated. Hell if I knew what the angle was, but angle or no angle, it worked, because I handed him every Bahrainian dinar in my pocket.

11443$ $CH4 05-18-05 12:21:44 PS PAGE 26 27 Amsterdam, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Other Hotels Besides legalized prostitution, soft drugs, and gambling aplenty (we’re told that the casinos are owned by the royal family), Amsterdam had remade itself into a European Las Vegas. Unlike the American version, however, they didn’t have to fake culture for the tourists. They had the real thing in abundance. The barkeep explained to me that Amsterdam is now a popular weekend destination for all the Eurotrash (his word) who couldn’t legally get stoned, laid, or impoverished by the slots in their own countries.

The sudden silence in the room suggested that a lack of professional self-regard was not among the criticisms that some have of journalists. Indeed, I got the feeling that some of these guys would rather come home without a leg than be thrown out because they violated the disclosure rules. The ‘‘Ground Rules’’ were the next agreement to be signed. Where the indemnity agreement was written to protect Uncle Sam’s pocketbook, the ground rules were designed to protect lives. S. ’’ The first thing that struck me—and it was a powerful blow—was the second conjunction and unlike the editorial board of the New York Times, which can publish classified documents without worrying overmuch that that their 43rd Street Manhattan offices will be struck by an enemy torpedo, a reporter on a ship is, as a smart-ass might say, in a different boat.

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