Thoughts on the Forever Wars

Marines in the Second Battle of Fallujah, Public Domain Photo from Wikimedia Commons

It’s evening in the desert
I’m tired and I’m cold
But I am just a solider
I do what I am told

Billy Joel, Christmas in Fallujah

I was an enlisted man, and when you are an enlisted man all meaningful decisions are “above your pay grade.”

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Steve Russell

Steve Russell

Enrolled Cherokee, 9th grade dropout, retired judge, associate professor emeritus, and (so far) cancer survivor. Memoir: Lighting the Fire (Miniver Press 2020)