In 2007, Washington Post reporter David Finkel spent eight months embedded with the soldiers of the 2-16 infantry battalion in Iraq, some of the first to be sent as part of President Bush’s new strategy, dubbed “the surge.” The experience resulted in a book, The Good Soldiers, which he describes as, “a document of [the soldiers’] corner of this war… what happened to them. It tries to use the war to tell a larger story about what happens to a young man put in these circumstances.” While speaking at the Council last Thursday, Finkel focused on the stories of a few individual soldiers, including Lt. Col. Brent Cummings, with whom he was particularly impressed. “If I were to be a soldier, I guess Brent [Cummings] is the soldier I’d like to be, because to him, even though he was in this ridiculous situation, it was very important to him to fight this war morally.”
To listen to the entire program with David Finkel, visit our online audio archive. Cummings and fellow soldier Josh Bleill were interviewed later that evening on the Colbert Report. Watch that interview here:Vodpod videos no longer available.