Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Obedience School

I finally figured out how Iraq is different from the first time I was here, all Iraqis have been to obedience school. You know if you have a dog acting up and you just cannot figure out how to train her then you send her to obedience school, and then you get her back 2 weeks later and she is a whole new dog obeying all that you tell her to do- well that is what Iraq is like now. The first time I was here whenever we would drive down the roads people would try to come as close as they could and mix in with our convoys to get ahead. Now whenever we drive down the road everyone knows to pull of to the side of the road and wait for us to drive by. If they dont feel like pulling off then we force them to and they get the point immediately. If they still dont then we smack them on the nose and they go run to their cage. It really is a great thing because now when people stay on the road and mess with us then we know that we need to take them seriously and deal with them accordingly.
I do not mean this in a demeaning way, rather, it is the best way I can describe what it is like in Iraq now. The Iraqis have been dealing with us for going on 3 years now and are finally starting to understand the way we work. Their understanding leads to a lot less casulties and headaches for not only them but us too.
With the elections coming up in a week I guess we will see if they continue to cooperate the way we want them too.

5 comments:

tfdad said...

1. for the sake of the pc crowd, you might want to include the definition of 'analogy'.
2. are you sure the more appropriate analogy isn't 'graduate school'. it seems to me that, in an ied-rich environment, pulling over and letting you guys go first is pretty smart.

T. F. Boggs said...

I thought about that and thanks for commenting but...
I think this is a Pavolov's dogs sort of thing. If they dont pull over they get a warning shot. If they still dont then their car gets shot. I think it is more learned behavior. The whole IED thing might be somewhat of a factor too.

aandn said...

Looks like one is a conditioned response and one is a conscious choice. Like here in the horse pasture I make a conscious choice to never walk up behind a horse without first lettin' the horse know I'm there- - -else he kicks the *hit out a me! But when I smell Bar-B-Que cookin' I drool, conditioned response, dad. Hope you don't kick the *hit out of me for callin' you dad, tfdad but if you do I will make a conscious decision to never call you that again. However it only took being kicked once for me to learn. Sometimes change is slow Boggs! Personally I'd get the heck out of your way too, no warning shots necessary! You guys are cool! Keep blogging Boggs. We love you man!

texas rose said...

Dear tfdad,

Do you really think any of the pc crowd reads Boggs Blogs? And if they accidentally stumble onto it while looking for the Green Peace Website, do you think you could actually explain ANYTHING to them? Thanks tf for letting us know that things are changing over there. We know that there have been all kinds of great changes but your pointing this relatively small change out says much. You are great. Keep up the good work and please take care of yourself as best you can. We like you with a cup of strong coffee. We'll drink one for you.

Free2Rocknroll said...

I just stumbled across your blog by a link on a friend of a friends page. I was just going to read it and not post anything but I was a little shocked by what you had to say. I have to say that I appreciate your service to this country, but don't you think that comparing the Iraqi people to dogs is going a little far? I don't think the people there wanted this war any more than our people did. They're people too man...

That said, stay safe