Well, well, well……(h/t – The Corner)
We arrived at the airport this morning on a private plane. I was surprised to hear that there are now three Royal Jordanian flights into Baghdad every day. It was difficult to see much from the air … though I did see the Tigris River. The scope of the destruction can better be taken in at ground level. I had heard a great deal about the corkscrew landing into Baghdad airport, ostensibly to avoid being a clear target for SAMs, or surface-to-air missiles…. But the airport has gotten much more secure; we banked slightly, but it wasn’t nearly as jarring as I had anticipated.
Later in the afternoon, we headed to the home of an Iraqi family to find out what day-to-day life is like for them.
The city looks like a third world country, where concrete reigns supreme: Concrete barriers and huge piles of concrete rubble everywhere. All the stores I saw were closed, some for good, some were not open because it was Friday, a holy day in Islam. There is a vehicle ban every Friday from eleven to three, so there were very few cars on the street.
The Iraqi family was warm and welcoming. Their apartment was small and extremely hot. They had no running water, as is often the case. They told us that their electricity is very spotty. They get only about an hour or two at the most from the national grid … more from the generator that is for their neighborhood, and then they have a small generator themselves, but fuel is very, very expensive.
They have three children … nine, seven and eight months, and the older boys looked dazed. It’s too dangerous for them to play outside. It was heartbreaking. The parents said they don’t blame it on U.S. forces, and said they hope American troops stay, because if they don’t, the “militias will kill everyone.”
Meanwhile, all U.S. and Iraqi soldiers patrolling the streets have my renewed respect and appreciation. One-hundred-and-ten degrees with full-body armor and heavy uniforms. I don’t know how they do it. But they do, and we should be grateful.
Read the whole thing. As anyone who has read balanced accounts (and not made-up stories) of life on the ground in Iraq, it isn’t all roses & candy. But it does seem Ms. Couric has been believing too much of the Liberal Echo Chamber’s mantra.
Hmmmm…. I bet Walter “I Singlehandedly Ended Vietnam” Cronkite won’t be very happy with Katie’s contribution to showing America what is REALLY happening in Iraq these days.