Bureacracy Bites, in Baltimore and Iraq

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I used to think the little Premium Channel button on my cable was too expensive, and then, I got hooked on The Wire. And John Adams. And Big Love. And Weeds. Currently, Deadwood. And soon, I expect, Generation Kill, David Simon and Ed Burns' latest effort, based on Evan Wright's book of the same name. Today, we're going to wet your whistle a little — David Simon and Evan Wright will be here to discuss the new mini-series on HBO — and how David Simon got from Baltimore, to Baghdad. (They are not, despite repeated comparisons, all that similar.)

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Many service men and women have called in today. Neal has not thanked one of them for their service. It's such an easy thing to do.

Sent by Mike | 2:43 PM | 6-24-2008

I served three tours in Iraq as a Logistics officer and on my third tour was seriously injured in an IED attack. The stories that I think need to be told are that of female Marines. They are often overlooked in the media and contribute much to the mission, to the Corps and to our nation,

Sent by Captain Rick Duncan, USMC (Ret.) | 2:47 PM | 6-24-2008

I am looking forward to the program. As a combat veteran of Vietnam who is not active in any veteran organization or cause, I am truly in awe of our military personnel in Iraq. I opposed the war and want troops to come home as soon as possible, but having been involved in an unpopular conflict, can empathize to some degree. There is one way that is different that I suspect the show will illustrate is the difference in the way individual soldiers participate now versus then. Now people go to Iraq and Afghanistan as a unit with people they know. Except at the very beginning, we went to Vietnam as individuals, and learned quickly not to get too close to those with whom we served. I think it was easier for us, and obviously the multiple deployments and extended tours make it much harder in other important ways.

Sent by Sid Johnston | 8:40 PM | 6-26-2008