March 17, 2008

This photo has become an iconic image of the Iraqi invasion and occupation, dubbed "The Marlboro Man." BBC America (with correspondent Dan Rather) looks at the man in the picture, James Blake Miller, and his views on why we're in Iraq and how he's coping now stateside.

I can’t identify with “home” any more. You drift from place to place, searching to find the one place you do feel comfortable that you can stick around, you can stay. It’s like your looking for that one place that gives you peace of mind.

America’s always been looked at as the world’s police. And we’ve done that for a long time. There’s nothing wrong with helping people out. But when it comes down to, you know, okay, in order for us to do this, we’re gonna run your country, it doesn’t work like that. There’s a fine line between helping someone and you know, more or less taking over. And I feel that we do that. And I think we’ve really crossed that boundary with Iraq.

When I look at the picture, I don’t see much of nothing. Make of it what you want, what you will. I was just doing what the hell I was told at the time. I didn’t ask for it, never did want nothing to do with it.

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