By Michael Savage
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Max got some footage of it making its descent. “So what’s the story here? ” “Carjacking that went a little south,” Jack told her. ” “Some fool EMTs went in and got him,” Drabinsky said. He had been pacing back and forth, eyeballing the crash. “They’ve got him at General. I don’t know anything else. ” Max asked. Her questions weren’t just for her own information; she was running sound and the bites were often invaluable. ” Drabinsky asked. ” He shrugged. “If they have, no one’s told me. We’re just the garbage collectors.
He was remembering Riley’s face. He saw that face in his sleep sometimes. The slack jaw, the glazed eyes, the dust-caked laugh lines around them. A dust that could neither be tamed nor conquered and had permeated every facet of their lives back then—two hotshot network news monkeys riding shotgun with the Second Marine Division, Riley always complaining that the desert was wreaking havoc on his video equipment. Not that it mattered much. Richard Edward Riley had the tragic distinction of being the second journalist killed during the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Jack had been right there when it happened.
It’s all in the hands of Allah anyway, he thought. Why not be bold and trust in Him? He didn’t want to believe it was a lack of nerve. That would be too discouraging. To have committed his life and energy to a cause, only to find out he was alone— I refuse to believe that. But the thought was equally stubborn. His mother once told him that he came into this world a squawking bird, violently flapping his spindly little wings as if his cage were too small to contain him. Maybe that was Allah sending a message as well, for he was no different now.