First comment I heard clearly over the din of the two-way radio and air conditioning was "It's nice to ride in a vehicle without having to worry."
I turned down the AC and the two-way.
Turns out he was deployed in the Sunni
I saluted him when he sat in the car, and felt my posture straighten in his presence.
When he left the van he asked me "How much?" "Ten bucks." I replied. As he handed over the money, he said "This has been the best ten bucks I spent."
Definitely a different view from the mainstream news, or the Right Wing noise. Both the positive (the rebuilding of a nation) and the negative (the roadside bombs). He said more about the bombs, but I feel it wise to hold back the details.
Wish I had asked him who was doing the roadside bombs. I'm
Thing is, I probably should have given him the ride for free and paid the fare myself.