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Theres a tradition in war writing that the veteran goes over and sees the truth of war and comes back. And Im skeptical of that.
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Bombs do very, very bad things to human bodies. It's incredibly shocking to see.

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Certainly, when I'd left Iraq back in 2008, I'd been proud of my service, but whether we'd been successful or not was still an open question.

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I did try to write in Iraq, and I failed. I think you just don't have the brain space for it.

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I love opera. I love jazz, especially Mingus. This makes me sound highbrow. I'm not.

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If you're going to write about war, the ugly side is inevitable. Suffering and death are obviously part of war.

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One thing I've always liked about the military is there's a certain amount of pragmatism.

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People have a very political way of looking at war, and that's understandable.

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Political novels are full of pitfalls, particularly for a novelist with strong political leanings.

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There's a tradition in war writing that the veteran goes over and sees the truth of war and comes back. And I'm skeptical of that.

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You come back from war, and you have a certain authority to talk about war.

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I always wrote - not about war, necessarily, but I always wrote stories. I tried to write while I was in Iraq. It's not really - I didn't do a very good job, and not about war.

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I got to travel around Anbar Province, had a great group of Marines who worked for me who traveled around Anbar Province. I got to hang out with a lot of different types of Marines and soldiers and sailors.

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In war, it feels like everything you're doing is more important because you're in the proximity of violence and death, and that proximity changes your relationship to America because it changes the way you see the world.

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It's a professional military. You sign up and agree to allow your countrymen to use your life as they see fit for the next four years. And I think we all should have a greater role in ensuring that we use those lives wisely.

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There's a tendency to look at anybody who joined the military as if they underwrote everything that happened policy-wise. That's not really the case. I have a friend who both protested the Iraq War and joined the military, and ended up serving two deployments in Afghanistan.

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There's a wide spectrum between a Navy SEAL hero-killer and a traumatized victim, but those are the archetypes - hashed and rehashed in the media, in popular culture, in the minds of people with a lot of preconceived notions but not much else.

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There's something odd about working 24/7, being consumed with everything that's happening in Iraq, and then coming back to the country that ordered you over there only to realize that a lot of Americans are not really paying attention.

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War is an arena for the display of courage and virtue. Or war is politics by other means. War is a quasi-mystical experience where you get in touch with the real. There are millions of narratives we impose to try to make sense of war.

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