Thread by @AlexHortonTX: “So @marcthiessen finger-wagged millennials about sewers and urban combat. Here are a few stories from when his former boss George W. Bush se […]”

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«So yeah. Millennials have no problem trudging through sewers, which, in retrospect, gave me more perspective on the world than most opinions offered by boomer columnists.»

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«So @marcthiessen finger-wagged millennials about sewers and urban combat. Here are a few stories from when his former boss George W. Bush sent millennials into both.

One of the most common but rarely discussed hazards on patrol in Iraq was the open sewer. They swallowed whole blocks. They were so deep and sprawling that they appeared as black splotches on satellite imagery.
They were unavoidable. Our brown desert boots stained black and then a dull gray. When winter nipped the Pentagon and White House, the cold sludge seeped into our boots and soaked our socks on 12-hour patrols.
One time I leapt over a trench of sewer water, and weighed down with body armor, bolt cutters and grenades, I just missed the mark and tumbled in. I used torn fabric from an abandoned factory to squeegee the sludge off my leg.
Of course, locals had to deal with this much more than we did. In this video, our patrol walks by “Trash Alley,” a long open sewer in Baquba. Iraqis are seen in vain contending with the sewage. Six men in our company were killed by an IED there
In the most notorious sewer moment, one of our vehicles got stuck in a sewer. The tow hitches were submerged, so the crew had to dive in. They came out jet black. A citizen hosed them off like dogs. It was Christmas.
So yeah. Millennials have no problem trudging through sewers, which, in retrospect, gave me more perspective on the world than most opinions offered by boomer columnists.
I have been advised Marc is Gen X, though this still applies. Both tend to overlook millennials mostly carrying the load of the longest war in our history.»

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