Jumping between various time frames (sometimes with little warning!), Castner tells his story. He describes his job and his love for it, while detailing the ways his life is still affected by BITBD. His detailed and deeply personal account is the best description I've read of what the heck U.S. soldiers are doing in Iraq. However, it raises the question for me: What the heck are U.S. soldiers still doing in Iraq? When Castner and his crews headed out to investigate a car bomb or IED, it was likely either targeted at U.S. troops, or it was the result of some internal conflict between Iraqi ethnic groups. In the latter case, I see no justification for putting American lives at risk. Why the U.S. even maintains a presence there is beyond me.
I do thank God for men like Castner who are willing to risk their lives to serve their country in the armed forces. But I would have to question the policies that put our men and women into potentially deadly situations in dozens of countries around the world. Is what we're accomplishing there worth the price paid by Castner and others like him?
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