“A Burning Dog”
August 10th, 2008
As we begin our march into the final parts of Generation Kill, it is becoming clear that nothing is going to change. The crew of Bravo Company will not have competent leadership, the overall objectives of the military will continue to lack practicality or logic in terms of the situation on the ground, and the path of least resistance is not something that command is interested in, even if some of their soldiers might be.
More than any other segment, though, I felt that this one really kind of fell on the human side of things, people who are beginning to view this less as just military bureaucracy inaction and more as an actual personal failing. These are men who are dead tired, struggling to stay awake let alone alert, and in those moments the tasks set before them are more challenging. When so much of the war is out of their control, from the opening bombing of a small community which likely housed no “enemies” to the illogical attempt at passing a bridge compared to an easier route, there are two likely responses: either writing off your own actions as part of the broader mistakes, or a heightened sense of responsibility for what part you play in the grand scheme of things.
Written by Evan Wright, whose book is the basis for the series, this is the story of how people fall on that binary of sorts, and the continuing impact of the series’ broader themes on these individuals.