With the Boots on the Ground
RALEIGH — Author Karl Zinsmeister, speaking at a luncheon last week in Raleigh, discussed his experiences during the Iraq war as a embedded reporter with the 82nd Airborne. He said that the war often tested soldiers' ability to make clear moral choices, such as when the enemy hid behind women and children or barricaded themselves in hospitals and schools. He came away impressed by the Army’s ability to improvise combat operations while minimizing civilian casualties. Most soldiers maintained an idealistic view, with “I Love NY” and “NYPD” emblems frequently visible on vehicles and apparel.