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Red Bull’s deployment haiku contest

Meanwhile, Chief Red Bull is holding a haiku contest. Here’s a sampling he sends along: Eight deployments down most surreal thing I’ve seen is KAF’s TGIF ***** This summer sandstorm Couldn’t blind the first sergeant To my day-old shave. ***** A circling bird calls: War on TV is phoned-in, COIN-operated ***** Where is the Kandak? ...

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Meanwhile, Chief Red Bull is holding a haiku contest. Here’s a sampling he sends along:

Eight deployments down

most surreal thing I’ve seen is

KAF’s TGIF

*****

This summer sandstorm

Couldn’t blind the first sergeant

To my day-old shave.

*****

A circling bird calls:

War on TV is phoned-in,

COIN-operated

*****

Where is the Kandak?

Alone at the command post.

Oh, it’s Thursday night!

*****

Sprint in a flight suit

Long tarmac, rip my crotch

Warm Iraq breezes

*****

Our trucks move like ducks

waddling between ponds and now

stuck in this wadi

*****

Silly pogue don’t know

Gunslingers don’t drink lattes

Macchiato sir?

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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