A squad of Marines was driving up the highway between Basra and Baghdad. They came upon an Iraqi soldier badly injured and unconscious. Nearby, on the opposite side of the road, was an American Marine in a similar but less serious state. The Marine was conscious and alert. As first aid was given to both men, the marine was asked what had happened. The Marine reported, "I was heavily armed and moving north along the highway. Coming south was a heavily armed Iraqi solder." "What happened then?" the corpsman asked. "I yelled to him that Saddam Hussein was a miserable piece of shit, and he yelled back, 'Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld are miserable pieces of shit.'" "We were standing there shaking hands when a truck hit us."