Caught a repeat of This American Life this afternoon, recorded entirely on an aircraft carrier in the Arabian Sea in 2002.  There’s a lot of fascinating material here, but I was struck most by a segment where the pilots were being interviewed about what it actually felt like to be flying over Afghanistan, dropping bombs.  One young man came across as the perfect soldier – quite convinced, and quite chilling.

Unfortunately, the archived version is streaming only, so I can’t give you a link to the exact section, but if you have some time, the stream is here.  It’s worth your time.

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