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A book to read for those who can

Personally, I prefer looking at pictures, or having someone read them for me.

Betty Kilbride is the first independent writer to put on a uniform and deploy with a unit without press credentials. In 2006, Kilbride accompanied Marines from the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion to Anbar Province, also doing time with Seabees and a National Guard unit from Maryland. While in Iraq, she wrote 'Soul of American Warriors' (Father's Press 2009). Now I'm not in the business of book reviews - having sworn off them in junior high school - but Kilbride is coming from a perspective that gives this book a totally different perspective than the stacks of other military books on Iraq. She came to Iraq with some darn good questions and in my opinion came up with some darn good answers for her book. Plus, the proceeds go to our troops, not to Amazon's executives, so that doesn't hurt at all.

From Kay Day's feature at The US Report:

Asked why major media often view troops with an unsympathetic eye—indeed, media rarely report on the bridge building, relief supply efforts and other humanitarian activities our military engages in—Kilbride believes the cause isn’t really politics. Of major branded media, she said, “They tend to only look at their ratings and getting their piece on the air…These cases don’t give them the ‘If it bleeds, it leads factor’ for a nightly news piece. Instead of helping raise awareness of how al-Qaeda operatives work, they would rather run a story with little or no substance instead.”

One example is another revelation in Kilbride’s book. Major branded media tend to paint Saddam Hussein as a benevolent tyrant because of the infrastructure he built. But that paints an incomplete picture. The Euphrates River water treatment plant was built in the 1970s, but once Hussein gained power, the plant wasn’t maintained. Kilbride wrote, “It was to have serviced a large area of Iraq…the plant, which had once produced running water and electricity, became dormant under his leadership…”

Why did a perfectly good plant lay idle? Because Hussein used it as a weapon for control. Kilbride wrote, “When he shut down the water plant, he was then able to control them. They became dependent upon him for everything, from food, water, to necessities of life.” And in a country where air conditioners could be life savers, Hussein’s policies caused prices to remain out of reach for many who lived in villages.

Also, Kilbride is an advocate for the troops: 25% of the proceeds of her book goes towards supporting the troops. She has also been doing great work driving awareness to the plight of the "SEAL 3" over at their Facebook support page, "Support The Navy SEALs who Captured Ahmed Hashim Abed" (102,000-plus members).

FYI: this is not a paid product review.