Listen: United States, Parker Eric, Iraqi Government Iran discussed on Raven 23: Presumption of Guilt
"Bus and they had right away and so when you saw awesome coming down the street they were extremely intimidating. I think partly by intent security reasons so They just added an air of abnormality to To the traffic and then the standard procedure and this is not black. Waterson playing in the middle of this is what the state urban diplomatic security like. Never get a change. They wanted us to go to these. You know very visible conflicts And and they would just beep at honk and maybe they literally. GM people in the road to get him out of the way. I don't I mean it wasn't keen to ram but They would just make life miserable for your regular Iraqi driver. You'd have to like get over. Get Out of the way. We zoomed through so so it was exceptionally disruptive and that had been going on long before this the source square incident. So I cannot. I can't say that we were particularly popular As with our military forces in our black water and all in two thousand six the Bush administration admitted that its policy in Iraq was failing. The country was slipping civil war. There was a lot of talk about whether sending more more troops to tamp down the violence and make Raqi hatred of Americans worse but in the end President George W Bush decided to send a surge of twenty thousand more troops to Iraq at a last ditch bid to get the country under control to get an idea of what the situation was like on the ground. We spoke to Eric. Parker Eric is what you would call a total ass. Kicker he served in the. US Army special ops and he was a member of Black Honors Raven twenty two tactical support team. This is how Eric described. It was like to be in frontline's Baghdad. Two thousand seven was very very hard year. I mean it started out hard From January twenty third two thousand awesome Sabbath lost five guys from an attack on the venue and You know a little bird helicopter was shot down to where we had to go out. Search for. Those guys is a recovery. There remains where we've got ambushed Did there Right after that. The Central Railroad Got Hit it on then you would Complex tack to where one of our guys ended up being shot a fifty cal hit through all awesome. Wouldn't you adapted which luckily he made a recovery. Even just the the week meeting up to September sixteenth I mean September Nights Adamant City all on the City Hall. got hit were grenade was thrown over which started up a fight where all the TNC teams were having to push out and they actually locked down a traffic circle down there so the team through the X.. Fill a couple of days later. Oh well. The tactical sportifs got hit with the The F. P. explosively formed projectile. which basically there's not much that can stop become molten? Think about a molten lava bullet. That will go right through six inches. which is a skill to one of their views in which we had two roles a sport in which there's ended up in a firefight ups and there were a lot of the things that were going on adding to the chaos was the fact that it was impossible to tell Iraqi police from insurgents dresses addresses Iraqi? Police here's Robert Ford talking about the confusion. That situation created Iraqi uniform on a black park back isn't it gets into your corruption issue. So we're they're insurgents dressed as Iraqi police absolutely but I am very hard pressed to pick an occasion. We have Iraqi police themselves. Fire on Americans in two thousand seven hundred seventy two thousand eight boy. I can't think of it. I doubt I would remember because that would have really changed the way we had eh. So Jeanette doesn't take logged review. The events of two thousand seven to realize that Baghdad was a terrifying place in fact it was the most dangerous city on earth. Here's here's Robert Forty again describing the collision course that the US. The Iraqi government Iran as the bloody fall of two thousand seven approached will close out with these words from passenger Ford until our next episode. I think this is an important context to understand the American forces both Me Less military predominantly. US military but like this square incident. We killed hundreds and hundreds and hundreds congress of Iraqi civilians over the years. And Iraqis aren't stupid. I mean they knew this and It was done with a sort of unity in a place that you know family is a huge huge deal in the United States. We have here in. The United States is sort. SORTA individual you know self fulfillment and self expression. We'll have that an Iraqi culture you know you're part of the family and you do. The family expects tries so I mean this was a hugely sensitive issue the way the American Reacted armed armed American reacted with Iraqis. So there's that and I don't blame Blackwater for that but it's context that had grenade baited than the situation with the disorder square sort of like all this headed up. disatisfaction erupted UH Raven. Two three is a production of think against studios. It's written by Gina. Keating eating and Mike Flaherty our producer Ashton Smith Gina Keating and Mike flaherty executive producers of Tiling Lindsey fellows and Valerie McGowan Mitchell wind. Bum edited this episode. And he also serves as our associate producer. Along with Kyle Hartford in Tina graph. Lindsey fellows Aaron Fuller and supervised the music art theme song is performed by Khloe Caroline. Thanks to Antonio corkery for their kindness and generosity. Finally we owe a debt to our men and women in uniform warm. Thank you for defending our freedoms that strangers may one day. 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