"We see the tiny heads of children poking around the corner of a small adobe hut. Several girls, maybe eight or nine, run toward us.
Ever since the shepherd-shooting incident, Colbert’s demeanor has changed toward civilians, especially children. When he sees them now, he’s prone to uninhibited displays of sentimentality.
“How adorable,” Colbert gushes as the girls laughs playfully a few meters outside his window. “They’re so cute.”"
Generation Kill (chapter 23), Evan Wright.