B.: Daddy, does Uncle Nick have a big job?And... scene.
Me: Yes, he has a very big job.
B.: In... Iraq?
Me: Yes. He has a big, important job in Iraq.
B.: Is Uncle Nick a soldier?
Me: Yes. He's a soldier in Iraq.
B.: Oh. ... Does he have to fight?
Me: Sometimes. But only when someone wants to fight him.
B.: Who wants to fight him?
Me: The bad guys.
B.: Are there lots of bad guys in Iraq?
Me: There are some bad guys. But most of the people are good guys.
B.: What do they do with the bad guys? Do they kill the bad guys?
Me: They just try to catch the bad guys. They try to make them into good guys.
B.: Oh. So the bad guys won't be bad anymore.
B.: Is Uncle Nick the only soldier?
Me: No. There are lots and lots of soldiers in Iraq.
B.: Like hundreds?
Me: More like thousands.
B.: Thousands? What's a thousands?
Me: That's a lot of hundreds altogether.
B.: What are their names?
Me: I don't know all of the soldiers' names. There are so many that it would be hard to know every name.
Me: My friend Bill from high school is a soldier. But there are lots more whose names I don't know.
B.: When are we going to eat the ice cream?
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