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This week PBS is running the latest Frontline special that has drawn some controversy for "salty" language since it's real life soldiers speaking often as they are under fire. Anyways, below is the blurb I got, I am on Frontlines email notice list (sounds very interesting, FYI):

From Frontline:
This Tuesday we bring you a glimpse into what the war in Iraq is really
like for the average soldier. Producer Tom Roberts and his three-member
team embedded with Dog Company, the 1st Battalion of the Army's* 8th
Calvary Regiment stationed in South Baghdad. Over 30 days and 26
missions in November 2004 they followed a small group of the young men
of Dog Company on missions where they were often in combat, and always
in danger.* Roberts told us that he took away from the experience some
things that he had not expected:

"I think there were three things. First, the intellectual and
operational model the U.S. was using was far more sophisticated and far
more based upon the complex reality of Iraq than what one was led to
believe by watching the news or reading newspapers.

The second thing was that stories about low American morale just didn't
stand up to the test of reality. Time and time again the soldiers were
positive, cheery and realistic. They are not full of, if you will,
star-spangled patriotism. They are quite realistic about what they're
doing, quite determined, with a clear sense of mission.

The third unexpected thing I came away with is a bigger sense of the
mess and chaos in Iraq than I thought there would be. One has a sense,
sitting here, that there's a counter-insurgency or guerrilla war taking
place. In fact, there are many layers of conflict within the society and
a lot of them don't involve insurgency."