Iraq is Great Once You Get Used to the Mortars
Posted by Ilan Goldenberg
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Deputy Chief Patricia Butenis should really work on her pitch if she expects more State Department employees to pack their bags and head to Baghdad.
"There are all kinds of opportunities here," said Patricia Butenis, the deputy chief of the US mission.
"There are people who think we live under a constant barrage of mortar attacks, but it isn't that way all the time."
"I think some of it is based on not knowing what it is to be here. It's true, two days after I got here we had 36 EFP (explosively-formed penetrators) strikes," she said.
"That was serious, it's scary. But you adapt, you get used to it."