You want fiction? Here’s some to mark today’s 5th Anniversary of the Iraq War.
September, 2006: Brothers George, John, and Ringo stand together in the front hallway on George’s house. They have just answered the door, greeting Petraeus, President of a local construction company. They exchange greetings and lead him to the kitchen table, where the conversation begins.
GEORGE: We’re, uh, glad you could come to see us, Mr. Petraeus. As I think my brother John told you when he called, it’s about the house we’re having built on the lot we inherited from our parents.
PETRAEUS: Yes, I’ve taken a look at the house and I’ve talked to the contractors, and the contractors before that, and the original contractors.
JOHN: Well, as you should know then, you can see that the construction process has been a complete disaster.
GEORGE: I wouldn’t say it’s been a disaster, exactly.