[The first in our series of very short posts featuring various imperial ironies.]
There is never enough adventure in some foreign war zones. Not like in Iraq, shit, those guys were hard core. I mean, what are the chances of getting your ass blown off in a good old fashioned firefight in Afghanistan? None. The Taliban are a bunch of cowards.
Those are my words, and really, not as ridiculous as the actual words of U.S. Marine Sgt. Andre Leon, speaking to the Associated Press. Used to fierce shootouts in Iraq, he was apparently looking forward to more of the same in Afghanistan, according to this valuable piece of punchy American war propaganda, with just a hint of retro bravado.
NOW ZAD, Afghanistan – After three tours in Iraq, U.S. Marine Sgt. Andre Leon was used to brutal shootouts with enemy fighters and expected more of the same in Afghanistan.
Instead, what he’s seen so far are anonymous attacks in the form of mines and roadside bombings — the mark of what he calls a cowardly adversary.
“I’m not impressed with them,” Leon, 25, of Herndon, Va., said this past week from a Marines camp deep in the southern province of Helmand, where U.S. forces are challenging Taliban insurgents and their devastating use of IEDs, or homemade bombs. “I expected more of a stand-and-fight. All these guys do is IEDs.”
Yes, indeed, what cowards the Taliban are…dressed up in body armor,
sitting in their MRAPs,
and calling in air strikes,
from a safe distance,
just like a bunch of coward pussies.
[Spit on ground, suck Marlboro, squint at sun]