August 22, 2008
Posting date: 8/22/08
Stationed in: Iraq
Milblog: Rocinante's Burdens
I have no idea what the price of gas is in the USA. Here it is free. All I want. We don't even lock up the tanker or have anyone watching it. Take all you want, we'll get more. Iraqis on the other hand have rationed fuel. They wait in long lines. Mostly because they don't have gas stations on every corner. Instead they have a few major fueling stations in each little town. They also do a lot of siphoning. People will make a living by selling their rationed gas. They wait in line, fill their tanks, then siphon it out and sell it on the street for its true value instead of the rationed price. Controlled markets are the number one cause of black and gray markets.
This guy doesn't care about the price of gas either. Incidentally, the price of a used Donkey here is about $50. That is all. And that is why there are so many of them.
This is a typical Iraqi army vehicle. Made in the USA. This one, converted to be the commander's vehicle, has a light machine gun on the back. I also see a lot of Ford F-350s here. By far though, the preferred vehicle for the Iraqi army is the HMMWV. They love those things. They love the horsepower and the armored sides and all the room inside to carry stuff. There is nothing comparable in their military history of vehicles. They are hoping that they will get all of our HMMWVs when we leave. They saw how much stuff we left behind in all the other countries we abandoned and are salivating at the prospect.
This is my antenna. Yes, I can talk to God. If He isn't responding, the problem is obviously on His end.