Kennedy was a reported embedded with a company in the Iraq war, Charlie Company 1-26. This book is a compilation of their long tour in the city of Adhamiya as they suffered immeasurable loss serving their country and the people of Iraq so honorably.
I borrowed this book from a friend whose son was in Alpha company, and is also mentioned in the book. Needless to say, when the stories are about people you know and care about, it puts a whole different feel to it.
The big thing I think this book does for me is give me even more compassion and empathy for the young men and women who are trying so hard to help in a situation where winning is basically impossible. I can’t even imagine trying to build relationships with a community knowing full well that some people in the community are very bad bad guys – and not being able to get them until after they’ve struck first.
We’ve gotten our troops into a heck of a mess in the middle east, I’m praying for peace and for hope to emerge in a place where it seems hard to come by.