Andrew Klavan and Bill Whittle talked together today on Pajamas TV about Bill’s recent trip to Guantanamo Bay, to visit soldiers, encourage them, and report back to those of us who subscribe to Pajamas Media. It was billed as an interview, but was more a conversation between like-minded men who cherish and honor our soldiers. This one video alone is reason to subscribe to Pajamas.
I was in tears several times during the twenty-two minutes because listening to them describe what I’d known twenty to thirty years ago with such accuracy and attention to a soldier’s details was a balm on an unexpectedly sensitive heart.
I’ve never been to Guantanamo. I was a soldier once, from 1979 to 1990, both enlisted and officer. US Army.
Concrete barracks, linoleum floors and walls covered in years of paint, still peeling. Water-stained ceiling tiles and windows that will never ever be clean again. All of it spotlessly clean. Fast-food restaurants that have familiar signage but are somehow shabbier, and the food not quite the same as in the States. Food that is military food, which in Guantanamo’s case isn’t as good as what the prisoners eat. Bill noticed that this was a political thing and something soldiers are used to—used to, but not unaware of. (They know where their Commander In Chief’s favor lies.)
It was a joy to listen to Andrew and Bill talk about the details of the soldiers’ lives with such remarkable accuracy and with such obvious love and affection. The memories are fresh as yesterday, and it is with the greatest admiration and gratitude that I commend the conversation to you here, if you’ve got the wherewithal to commit to a subscription. http://www.pjtv.com/v/3741.