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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Uday Hussein
As a U.S. visa program for Iraqi interpreters nears its end Monday, one of those former military aides fears that he — as well as thousands others like him — will be left behind to face the wrath of insurgents who view him as a traitor amid intensifying sectarian combat in Iraq.
It's the question asked by Gold Star families -- the loved ones of our fallen -- when I meet them at funerals or public events. It's spoken quietly by the spouses of grievously wounded soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and Marines when I visit military and veterans' hospitals.
At a cafe in Brooklyn near his home, playwright Rajiv Joseph locks eyes with an adorable toddler in a fuzzy one-piece jumpsuit.
Breaking up is hard to do, as the Egyptians — both the good ones and the not-so-good ones — are learning to their considerable pain.
"I could not write a naturalistic play about Iraq. I've never been there. I could do all the research. I could write a very gritty war play, but ultimately that doesn't interest me," he says. "Part of why it doesn't interest me is that I would spend half my time fretting over whether I'm getting it right or not. By doing it my way, I'm opening it up. I'm creating my own ghost world."
"I just found that little thread and started pulling," he says.