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Marines going into Baghdad in 2003, but seeing little of the war
on 24 July 2012
This is an account of what a reporter sees as he accompanies Marine 1st Recon into Baghdad in 2003. Showing how the soldiers try to cope with confusing conditions, poor supplies, boredom and occassional bouts of violence. When their orders often seem to lead to actions that are misguided and pointless, sometimes leading to innocent deaths, as the rules of engagement seem uncertain and shifting, some soldiers find themselves increasingly uncomfortable about the competence of members of their command and the nature of their presence in Iraq. It also depicts the culture of the combat unit and the types of personalities that they tend to contain. A brilliant series, but not as broadly accessible nor as fascinatingly complex as 'The Wire' (from the same producers and writers). Generation Kill should not be seen as an action movie, but as a great depiction of one sideshow of the Iraq War, showing how chaotic, incompetent and tragically wasteful the deployment of even modern US forces can be. The film 'Fair Game' would be a good companion film to view with this.