Bridget Jones goes to Baghdad
August 22, 2005
The New York Times has a seriously odd interview with Kayla Williams, author of a war memoir documenting her experiences in Iraq:
Q: Your new book,''Love My Rifle More Than You,'' brings a chick-lit sensibility to your stories about life in Iraq and essentially characterizes our male soldiers as so many frat boys groping women.
I just couldn't believe that guys would hit on me when I was the dirtiest that I ever was in life, with dirt caked into my hair. We only had enough water to bathe once a week.
Q: Your book describes an appalling game played by the soldiers, in which they toss rocks at you and aim for your breasts.
They would also throw rocks at each other's penises for fun. It was very strange to see. But in a way it was natural. When you're in Iraq, you search for just about anything to ease the mind-numbing tedium of having nowhere to go and nothing to do. ...
Q: What is the Army policy on sex between soldiers?
It isn't covered in General Order No. 1A, which is the main order for soldiers deployed in Iraq, which says you can't drink alcohol or have porn or keep pets, which everyone does anyhow. My personal chain of command said if you are married, don't do it, and if you're not married, just don't get caught. A lot of girls got sent home pregnant. ...
Q; The most disturbing part of your book recounts your own mistreatment of an Iraqi prisoner in Mosul, whom you were instructed to humiliate after he was brought before you stark naked.
I said a couple of things along the lines of ''You think you can please a woman with that thing?'' I felt horrible about it.
Q: Were you surprised when you first heard about the abuses at Abu Ghraib?
I was not shocked that detainee abuse had happened. But everyone I knew was stunned that it would come out publicly. You have to be really stupid to photograph yourself breaking the law. [LINK]Behold, an army of one too many dimwits.