In an unsettling way, this video is a tidy metaphor for the present state of the American mission in Iraq.
In it, you will see the unorthodox driving technique used by a U.S. soldier to keep his vehicle in motion -- and presumably minimize the risks posed by roadside bombs, suicide car bombers, or ambush. It's all quite legitimate from the standpoint of military necessity and the preservation of life-and-limb. Yet it's also quite hard to envision anyone in Baghdad harboring much affection for Americans when interaction begins with a firm thump in the rear coming from by a HUMVEE in a hurry.
We drive this way because we don't know who hates us, and we're resented because we have to drive this way. That about sums it up.
(Hat tip: Autoblog)