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(generated from captions) and you're sitting across from the person you love or the person you trust more than anyone in the world and that person looks at you and says, 'Tell me the truth, tell me what it was like' what are you going to say? I'd tell them... ..some days you get a win and some days you don't. And the days you don't seem to be more than the days you do. ? ROCK MUSIC MAN: In March of 2003 coalition forces invaded Iraq. 7 years later more than 100,000 American troops are still there. In 2008 I picked up my camera and headed back to the big sandbox. I met up with Baker Company of the 1-15 infantry. I made a deal with them. I'm willing to die with you if you're willing to talk to me. This is what I saw. Come in. Attention!

There's a lot of changes going on over the next day or two as we get ready to move down to another area. I was down there this morning. The dirt was still there, the rubbled buildings were still there. We're approximately 90 days from going home and I was given the order that Baker Company would be assuming a new position and having the opportunity to bound south and start a new combat outpost. The challenge that we have as a company is that we have to move out of an area that we've worked in for eight-to-ten months and move to an entirely different area which is not as secure as this one that we had been living in. It's going to be a great experience to get down there. You won't think it is now, but later when we get back, you'll say, 'We fixed an area and now we're moving to a whole other battle space. We're going to have a huge impact to plant the Baker Company guide on and a whole other AO and effect, a whole other spot. The boys were torn as they know, they've heard the stories of the area we're going to as it's not a very safe area. And, obviously, instant concern for their wellbeing and a little bit of, 'Hey, why are we moving now when we're so close to going home?' We got to get the game face on to get ready. It's business as usual. Go down there and get business handled and we'll get on home and tell these war stories over a couple of beers. OK? Alright. Company! (Soldiers reply) As soon as we get in the area I expect somebody to try us. We're the new guys on the block. And I expect somebody to try us and as soon as they try us we have to be able to respond with lethal force and kill who that is that's thinking they want to try us and set the tone immediately. I'm Specialist Ariel Quijano. I was born in the Philippines. I'm 21 years old. MAN: What did you want to be when you grew up? Actually, a lawyer. I wanted to go into business. I wanted to be an astronaut. What every little boy wants to do. I never had the army on my mind in a million years. I was like, 'Army? Who the hell would join the army? I don't want to be told what to do. Fuck all that shit'. Specialist Aaron Christopher Hinker from St Ansgar, Iowa. 21 years old. My name's Sergeant Jose Alberto Gutierrez. I was born in Brooklyn, New York. Paul Marion Brawley, 27 years old. Currently my family lives in Corona, California. MAN: What did you want to be when you grew up? A solder in the army. MAN: Really? Yeah. Since I was a little kid. My dad was in the army for 23 years and I've got 5 older siblings. None of them were ever interested. But it got to me and I got all 'jonesed' every time my dad would tell me a story or I'd find some kind of clothing in the garage or metal somewhere. My name is Sergio Reyes. I'm from South Central, California, South Central LA. I'm 20 years old and I'm in 3rd Platoon. I'm a second squad SAW Gunner. MAN: What's a SAW Gunner? This is a fucking SAW right here. Private First Class Bankston from Murphy's Burrow, Tennessee. This is Specialist James L Foreman coming to you live from Iraq. I'm Specialist Downs from Woodstock, Virginia. I'm from Columbus, South Carolina. From Bentone, California. Uma, Arizona. Sillsbee, Texas. Greenville, Texas. Mentor, Ohio. Growing up in LA, I wanted to be just like a few of my cousins were, you know, these great street thugs, gangsters. But another part of me, ever since I was little I wanted to be in the army. I wanted to be a soldier. I got to realise that dream. I was by myself when I went to Iraq and I had, like, five backpacks of shit. And I remember getting into a Blackhawk chopper... ..from a fort operating base to head out to Cahill to meet the Baker Boys. I remember getting on this chopper in the middle of the night and... ..feeling, 'What the hell am I doing here?' I'd spent a good portion of my life in places people call war zones. And had dropped out of it and quit, didn't want any part of it. And I... I saw these American faces on television. Thousands of American soldiers dead, tens of thousands injured. Thousands more that are coming back with emotional and mental disorders. And you look at their faces in the newspapers and the TV screens and you can't see them. I just wanted to find out what they were thinking. I had no idea what I was going to do, but... ..I thought it was worth the risk to go over there and ask these kids, 'What do you think? What do you feel?' Real quick, guys. We've got a few things to get done before we leave. I just want to reiterate that, obviously, we're leaving Cahill for the last time today, going down to set up a new place. I expect that within a few hours somebody's going to see that we've become the 800lb gorilla sitting in their backyard and they're going to want to come to see who we are and what we're there to do. It's Day 1 of an 88-day deployment is what it is, alright? It's not Day 290-something or whatever it is of a 14-month appointment. It's Day 1, alright? Let's go out there and get it done for about 88 days. No problems. We get on home. Alright, guys. Have a good one. In this area 50 miles south of Baghdad, the Baker Boys were the spearhead of the counterinsurgency surge. Their mission was to move deep into the badlands, build a combat outpost and turn the local Iraqis from enemy to friend. With orders like that, and only 90 days from going home, no-one in Baker Company was taking a minute of this mission for granted. ? ROCK MUSIC MAN: New home. MAN: Here it is. It's official now. It is official. COP Carver. 86 Delta 6 Charlie. They're coming down this road right here. We are here. The sergeant actually pointed that road out earlier. And I'm just going nonstop and there's a lot. Every time you go up there's another six. You've got about five or six that dart across this field. And we lose them right here in this dead space and they're actually getting in trucks, coming up, backing up. My guess is they're just reconning us, seeing what-all we got going on. We're here in our new combat outpost, Carver, see right here. The problem is we've got a road right here and bad guys travel up and down on this road so we're putting in a burn, as you can see right here, to keep us separated from the bad guys. COP Carver. Our new home. The bad guys are out there, we know they're watching us. We just moved into their home. (Laughs) It's ours now. If they try anything we can take care of that, but... We've got to build this place up. (Gun fires) As you get the briefing, you've got to hold him up. Don't smile at him. It's OK. He had a combat wound the other day so he lost one ear. There's a squad in my platoon that has a mascot, teddy. Me and Sergeant Brawley found that guy. It was a little doll's head. We found him on the very first dismount of patrol. We call him 'the war god'. We need a safe trip. As you can see, we've all got arms and everything to protect us. Let's keep it that way. (Man laughs) Teddy learned to quit while he was ahead. (Laughs) Yeah. No pun intended, Teddy. Instead of sitting there, going over in our mind, 'Oh, my God. I can't believe sergeant coomes broke his back, Daniel and parish are hurt. I can't believe gars is not coming back, I can't believe Shelton got hurt and is going home - things of that nature. It gives us a chance to think... Ahem. Teddy should have a girlfriend. We should find him a girlfriend. What would her name be? Venus. Yeah... Today we're going to do a soft knock of durriyah 1. Should we take contact, of course we'll return fire, a lot of fire. Kick in the closest door, secure a foothold and we'll make an assessment from there. Make sure you've got all your protective gear - your helmet, your eye pro, your hearing protection, throat protector, groin protector. Don't get it twisted, alright? When you get down there get your gun barrels in each alleyway. The only person smiling and shaking hands should be Blue One. Be alert, be vigilant, be ready to kill at any moment. Everybody understand? Any questions? Anybody got anything else to add that I might have missed? (Splutters) (Laughter) What are you doing? Are you choking, man? (Coughs) MAN: He took a drag on a cigarette. Hey, Brawley. War gods. Mount up. (Gun loads) A lot of people get me psyched. My guys, I keep them relaxed. But it's so funny to see 'em just... As soon as you hit the switch the light comes on, as soon as they hear a crack, they're just whipping ass. I mean, it's just... it's arousing. I don't know, I love it. I love that feeling. The feeling that you get on the road just driving, waiting... You're sitting there thinking to yourself, 'Is it going to blow up now, five minutes from now, if at all?' So it definitely keeps you on your toes, it's pretty cool. I saw a video on YouTube and this explosive flipped a Bradley. I went, 'Holy shit. That's fucking 32 tonnes'. This explosive flipped it like it was nothing. You're driving around a town and you've got kids waving... 'Mister, Mister, chocolate, chocolate' and the road explodes and the vehicle in front of you doesn't exist anymore. That stuff's the kind of shit I don't want to... ..I don't want to think about, but I have to. Because that could be me. Them fuckers could be videotaping me getting killed. I'm going to have some... If he's got a place or somebody in the village he wants me to meet with that represents the village I'd like to go there then have the rest of my guys visit the houses. OK. Thank you. MAN: See if anything is missing, any water, any food, if anything is really hurting? So he can't even go into Salman Pak? MAN: No. The roads are closed. We'll try to help your water to come in here. That's what we're her for, to help the community and the families. (Speaks local language) Alright, so we're in a new town. I've never been here before. We've got a meeting going on. We've got enemy all over the place. You're not sure where they're at. Shaking hands and kissing people's asses. It kind of gets irritating after a while. You see able men not helping out, but there's nothing we can do about it. JON: Tell me what you think when you come to a new place and see the locals. The same faces. They all look the same to me. Just a new place, just trying to get closer to getting home. (Men chat in local language) JON: There's a saying in Iraq that it takes seven meetings to get one thing done. I never really found it took seven meetings for me. Maybe it's because I just couldn't wait that long. I had the job to do. And when there's those uncomfortable pauses why not throw in a relevant question and start the topic? And it's worked... Ahem. ..so far. We start the discussions and the dialogue begins. And next thing you know you've got a room full of people, a group of people, you find out two, three, four months ago were shooting at each other and now they're the leaders of the immediate area, especially for a company area, and you realise your first big success was simply getting them to put their guns down and come into one room. Somebody's going to be voted out. And those that are not going to be voted in needed to be seated in the room to see how this process came about so that they know it wasn't me that picked the leader, that it was actually the Iraqi decision and vote that picked which leader was going to run the program. We'll continue to work through the leadership and I'll talk with Sheikh Karim and some of the other leaders of the area about how I set up the programs to make sure no one group is in charge of the other groups but they all are equal and work together. The easy solution is just to go round killing a lot of people. All of us can do that. We've got enough firepower, we carry enough guns, we carry enough ammunition. The unique thing, this time, over here was you kind of get into the interpersonal skills that are required to talk to the leadership and get the Iraqis to take control of the Iraqis and let them come up with their own solutions and just get to the point where we're just merely arbitrating the minute details and taking that opportunity to get them to come to the table and talk. MAN: The funny part is every one of those people want to kill us all. JON: You're over here risking your life in one of the most dangerous places on the planet. And back home, opinion polls say the American people don't think this war is worth it anymore. How does that make you feel when you hear something like that? A little frustrated. But, I mean... ..a lot of people just don't see the good that's coming out of it right now. They don't see what we've done so far, how far we've come. It's been going on for a while. We've been in this country for years and years. How can people keep that at the foremost of their mind? We're still in Afghanistan. If you go on the street and ask people about Afghanistan I guarantee that there's people that don't even realise we have soldiers in Afghanistan, they don't realise there's still a combat conflict going on there. So I'm not surprised that people are losing interest in Iraq. That's what makes America great... ..is you're free to do that, you're free to say It's OK to say you don't like something. But, uh... Americans, I think, should try to do what's right, no matter what. Whether people know it or not people agree with this war or not and whether people agree with the president or not, you know, regardless of all the other bullshit, I do believe if we're able to stop an issue that's happening over here from coming over there then we are doing something for everybody, you know? So to all the unappreciative motherfuckers, who were sitting home with their families and watching the news and cursing the soldiers and all that stuff, fuck y'all. But for everybody else who is appreciative, we do this for y'all and we do this for the unappreciative people, as well. We're fighting for all these people, not just some. We can't pick and choose who we're fighting for. That's not what we do. We just fight, that's all there is to it. ? EERIE MUSIC (Hubbub) MAN: I need to know why they thought you were associated with him. JON: The Baker Boys had only been in this new area a couple of days when the local sheikhs rounded up a couple of guys and dropped them off as a peace offering. They were al-Qaeda. They tried to hide it, but Captain Thompson knew who they were. (Hubbub) Are you al-Qaeda, work with al-Qaeda? Do you work with al-Qaeda? (Man speaks local language) If you don't have a tribe in the area what are you doing here? (Speaks local language) Tell him he should lay back, we'll take care of him. We'll ask him some questions later on. MAN: Just go ahead and clean that off. I'll bring my camera next time. We can have a family photo. Why are you smiling? These two are associated with al-Qaeda and the southern peninsula, both attacks on the Sons of Iraq and coalition forces. This gentlemen here has been known to attack coalition helicopters with 'dushka' fire and also small arms fire. This other gentlemen, he is just associated due to proximity. They live in the same neighbourhood and they're part of the same tribe. They're smug because they don't think we know, but they don't know how much we know. This guy is just trying to act cool and calm but he's probably the pinnacle of badness in this area. Should he lift one finger in front of my face I can promise you that myself and any other soldier would be more than happy to put a bullet between his eyes. They have been brought to the COP from the Sons or Iraq, which is great progress, because the locals are starting to police their own villages and identify the bad guys and bring them to coalition forces so they can have justice in their own villages. They'll follow him in his truck. In this direction? Yeah, down to the right. Just get in there and see the people, let them get used to seeing you again. No problem. Are you ready, Adam? Hey, Four. Just let me know if everybody's good. I'm over there. The Sons of Iraq were organised by local sheikhs to set up checkpoints around villages. These checkpoints not only provided security for the villages, they also established a perimeter of security around the Baker Boys. So the Baker Boys have to go out now and then to make sure those checkpoints actually existed. (Raspy English accent) What we're going to do today is hopefully go out and get ourselves some native Iraqis. Ready when you are, Sir. (Man laughs) MAN: At this point we're waiting on a magic element. The problem is he's Russian. No-one really likes him. CAPTAIN THOMDON: Liking me is not a requirement. Roger. Copy. Who else knows how to drive this bitch as good as I do? Nobody! Nobody... I got the wife preparing. She bought me two cases of beer yesterday. She said every month she's going to buy me two cases. Then I've got something for that first three days when I'm home. I told her already, when we land, have that bottle of Grey Goose ready for the squad because we will all be doing a shot. And McDonald's... Papa John's... That garlic sauce with the... Oh, man. Make sure there's no checkpoints on that road. OK, so tell him we'll go walk and check them out. Be advised it may be the same checkpoint we checked on yesterday. Adam, what's up? Hey, Adam. Just make sure you're translating what he's telling me. (Man speaks local language)

(Men speak local language) And down on the canal there's another. OK. Adam, I need to know if there are any checkpoints in that direction that we haven't seen yet.

There's nothing on the other side of the river? So there's a checkpoint further up this road? ..from this direction. So it's an open area. (All talk over each other) He should think of our base as one big checkpoint for his military. Nobody comes into that area without us seeing them. (Speaks local language) At this point we'll start heading back. Thank you. Thank you very much. We'll be spending a lot of time here. (Speaks local language) Just to make the place safe. Alright, Adam. You go ahead and load up. (Speaks local language) They're all fucking full of shit, every last one of them. Pointing at another village, telling us, 'Oh, it's safe, it's safe'. We were in four fire-fights there in the last month and a half. Every single one of them is full of shit. Two good reasons walking with sheikhs - if you get shot at they're the first ones to die and you don't get any useful information whatsoever out of the village when you're talking to other people. Go and get loaded up. Give me an up when you're at Com One. Hey, tell them we don't want any of these kids to get hurt if one of our guys... Tell them it's very dangerous for the kids if they throw rocks at us. Tell him I take this very seriously. I take the safety of my guys very seriously. Tell them when they wait for us to get in vehicles then they pick up rocks and throw them at us tell them that's not a good thing. I understand. Eyes. This rock can hit us in the eye. Very sorry, very sorry. Very dangerous for them. We've been in four fire-fights in the last two months in that village. al-Qaeda is shooting at us day and night, you know? Looking at these sheikhs, I'm like, 'So no problems in that village? No al-Qaeda up there in the last two months? Never been any problems with the Americans in that area?' 'Nothing in the last couple of months?' 'No problems'. We killed guys with a 25 in that freaking town. Then we get back to our vehicles in the main town, we can't even mount up without kids starting to throw rocks at us. So, obviously, we got out to talk to the sheikhs about how dangerous it is for the kids to keep throwing rocks at us. It's frustrating. Just frustrating. (Plays gentle melody) My wife is not going to like this. (Men laugh) Man, she really ain't going to dig this shit at all. How important is laughter in Iraq? Laughter is very important. It's very important. We got a guy Royal - we call him Cheese - he's a guy that does all kinds of impersonations, all kinds of crazy shit. (Imitating Steve Irwin) What we have here... ..is a Mexican out of his natural habitat. Usually they're in Guatemala, maybe Mexico, but no, this one's special, he's in Iraq. (Laughter) Maybe he might do his death rolls. Magnificent... (Laughter continues) I got him! He's a very strong Mexican! Which makes him a good workout. How important is laughter in Iraq? (Laughs) It's fucking everything out here. You lose your mind without trying to maintain your sense of humour. You have some sense of being yourself, as well as a soldier. If you don't laugh then you'll start to remember that you're pissed, that you're sad, that you're hungry, that you're tired, that your back hurts, that your legs hurt, that your feet hurt... ..that there ain't no chow waiting for you when you get back, that the air conditioner is broke. So you got to laugh just to keep yourself from going crazy or shooting somebody. Man, I did not see anything about this when I signed that dotted line. I came to Iraq to fight terrorism. Can you believe this shit? Our contract needs 100, so Sheikh Abbas is going to make sure that everybody provides 20-25 workers. Their other guys will be here at seven. We'll bring them in, search them and be ready to work at eight o'clock with these guys. These are some of the sheikhs around the area we've moved into. The idea is to bring them in, have them work on our COP. We show them that we trust them and, in the same respect, they'll trust us. We've already got some recording on some of the gentlemen here, particularly the gentleman sitting next to Captain Thompson. We've got recording saying he's holding al-Qaeda meetings at his house. They have a choice - they can either work with us or against us. So, hopefully, with us trusting them and them trusting us they'll choose to work for us, 'cause we can provide them money and resources, rather than al-Qaeda having to provide the same for them. (Men chat in local language) Sit down, man. Where were you at yesterday, doofus? (Men chatter in local language) They all sleep in. OK. Come on. One at a time, one at a time. This guy here was a general back in Saddam's army and after the removal he lost power, so now he's trying to make a living working for us, he's trying to get a pay cheque. No, no, no. No beer. (Speaks local language) Are you sure? (Speaks local language) Oh. OK, there it is. That's something to go on my keychain. Thank you. Up! My extremely important, daunting task today is to take out the trash using these lovely gentlemen working for us, these local nationals. I guess they'd rather pick through the trash than take the bag out.

We call these guys 'the smurfs' 'cause of the way they're dressed. Sometimes people call them the 'blue man group', but their real name's 'the smurfs'. It's a term of affection, though. We love them. They do a lot of work for us. They're good guys. A few weeks ago, these guys were trying to blow us up with IEDs. Now they're picking up our trash. That's progress. (Man claps) Another step in Iraqi freedom. Cleaning up this place one day at a time. (Squawks like a bird) Did you laugh? Was that a chuckle? That looks like a fucking chuckle. Teddy's watching you. You piss me off. It's like this close, man. It's been slammed so much. Ooh. (Chants ceremonially) Teddy Akbar, Teddy Akbar. Yes, it works! Wow! (Laughter) That is money, bro! I want to go home, I want to go home. Teddy Akbar. (Laughter continues) ? MUSIC STARTS UP (Imitates record scratching) ? It was all a dream ? Remember Rappin' Duke? Duh-ha, duh-ha ? You never thought that hip-hop would take me this far ? Born sinner the opposite of a winner ? Remember when I used to eat sardines for dinner ? What he said, I said has been said before ? 'Just keep doing your thing' he said, 'say no more' ? 'Had a dream' I said 'About who?' he said ? 'About BIG' I said 'That's big' he said ? Dig what he said, 'Proceed' he said... ? (Man over radio transmission) The other guys will check the compound and the building. We'll keep you guys out here by the vehicle. Thank you, thank you. You're welcome. Make sure you guys keep some cover between you and the river. We're meeting with Sheikh Karim and his brother Sheikh Aziz. Sheik Aziz has close associations with multiple al-Qaeda leaders in this area. He's connected to some soldiers who were kidnapped and killed by al-Qaeda within the last year. We don't let people on the river during the evening hours and we're very limited on where we let them cross during the day due to the fact that al-Qaeda use the river as a barrier between us and them and they'll cross... They'll attack and then cross back to the other side. We're going to give them one crossing so their commerce and their daily routine can get set again. (Speaks angrily in local language) Ahem. I'm pretty sure you guys know at this point we're out where nobody's been before. Roger. (Speaks local language) A lot of these things that we call the counterinsurgency fight really are different than what the armies are used to fighting. It's difficult, as you see. The soldiers, they don't understand it. Whether it's handing out money or 'Why are we going to give these people food all the time?' It's the violent army video game that they see or that a lot of people see. We're not here to take over Iraq. We're here to get them back on their feet and as soon as they're on their feet, you know, I want to leave just as much as they want me to leave. (Speaks local language) (Both speak local language) Alright. You ready? For some of these other guys, for some of the things they've done, I'll help when I can. MAN: Yes. Thank you. For now, it's all we got. (Laughs) Being an officer, your interpersonal skills, it's not just a matter of can you go out to a bar and be the life of the party. I've just realised, a few months ago, that that's what it's all about, is being able to go out and keep your patience, keep calm. Even when these sheikhs get irate at you and start blaming you for the war just stay calm, keep your composure. These are all things I want you to tell your guys, too. It's not sexy. It's not 'Hey, yeah. We're going out and killing everybody'. We're not shooting shit, blowing shit up. But if you look at mission accomplishment this is what it takes to accomplish the missions that are over here right now. 'Cause right now it's very hard for us to kill inside these villages because somebody else is going to get hurt. And that's exactly what al-Qaeda wants to happen. I've got... She'll be 18 soon. ..an 18 year old daughter. And my 12 year old daughter will be having boys come over, but my 18 year old, the same kids that come to call and take her to the movies are the same kids that are out here carrying squad automatic weapons, manning machine guns. And, hell, half the time the kids who show up at my front door, I wouldn't trust them with safety scissors. And the same kids are here. They've volunteered to be here for whatever reason. There's a myriad of reasons that kids volunteer to come in and I applaud every single one of them. But now, you know, they've got 40 pounds of shit on, they're carrying a machine gun, a rifle and ask to go out and be the number one man into a room

where they know enemy's activity is. Yeah, I mean, you can't imagine it until you do it. And just to stay vigilant and disciplined for 14 months in this environment, they're the top 1% of the population, as far as I'm concerned. MAN: Bullshit! Who's on our team? Wait, hold on. Who did you pick so far? (Indiscernible) And these three? MAN: We want chaundry. MAN: Cheese, get your ass over here. You're on our team. Whose team am I on? (Guys shout) Back home, you have your friends. You got friends that say, 'I have your back no matter what, this and that'. Maybe they mean it, you know? They haven't had the opportunity yet to show you. But the guys over here, they literally have your back. We're like brothers. You got to look at it like, 'That's my brother'. Yeah, we didn't grow up together, but, shit, I've been living with him for... a while now. It's been a year I've been living with these guys and nothing but this whole time. A buddy back home would be some guy you go out drink and eat with. A buddy out here is like family out here. That's what we are, just family, trying to fucking make our big happy family go back home alive. (Guys shout) Most of my career running around war zones in different parts of the world was usually with very strange rebel armies, drugged-up rebels. I've worked with the British forces, I've worked with Australian forces, the French forces. I had never really worked with an American soldier in my entire career. And I was really surprised to just find... kids. Normal kids. MAN: Ho ho ho! These are the guys that found this stuff? (Speaks local language) Yes, yes. (Man speaks local language) (Speaks local language) All these guys? Yeah. He said if you give them the money all the days, tomorrow and the next day, they will search all the lands. That's what I want. I want them to keep finding the al-Qaeda weapons. (Speaks local language) OK. Thank you. JON: Talk to me about waking up day after day in Iraq. Uh... I just wake up each day just counting down the days. Get over this day. That's one day closer to going home. It takes some getting used to. The first, probably, three, four months I was just like, 'Fuck, I'm in Iraq'. And then that's all I can really explain. It sucks, it's the worst feeling in the world waking up and being like, 'I'm fucking in this shit hole'. This shit completely sucks, totally. I mean, well, it... It's my first time of me being away from my family this long. And I don't mean my mother and stuff like that, I'm past that part. But I guess mainly... I'll sweep the floor when I'm done, I promise. But I just mean mainly my son and my wife. (Spits) It wears on you, uh... It's hot or it's cold. You do stuff you don't want to do every day. Fucking... It sucks wearing all that shit out here when it's 140 degrees and you have to run around dealing with that bullshit. Knowing that someone's out there trying to kill you and sometimes you feel like your hands are tied because you're doing all these hearts and mind things. Sometimes it's necessary. But just when you see your friends go in and out the gate, you wonder if they're going to come back. And I've had to deal with two friends that are... they're never coming back. So it's hard on you. It's hard on you mentally and physically. Sometimes I wake up and get a feeling of accomplishment. We did something good. Some days it's just like 'Is this nightmare ever going to end?' ? HIP-HOP MUSIC One, two, three, four. Kick, kick, kick, kick. It's a tribe, which is pretty funny when you think about you're in this land of tribes and a tribal mentality. But over there, the customs that the Baker Boys develop are the things that make them like brothers. It's the world they create in a violent place to assure their own survival. We're here. If we just protect this, if we protect what we've got, we're all going to get out of this alive. ? FUNKY ELECTRONICA Closed Captions by CSI This Program is Captioned

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