January 13, 2012

Good point. But...

From Andrea, A message from me to the members of my country’s armed forces:

Could you please stop photographing and filming yourselves doing stuff? Please. Turn off the iPhone, put the Nikon Coolpix back in your pack. No, the folks back home don’t need to see all the fun you get up to. They really don’t. And you know who else doesn’t need to see it? The whole goddamn internet. Because they will. So quit it.

This has nothing to do with how "offensive" whatever you’re up to is. I’m not offended by you — I’m offended by the ever-rising crescendo of whining that we’re now going to have to endure from the pearl-clutchers over here who will now be sputtering and moaning about how "we’re worse than the enemy!" Whine whine whine. It’s like living inside a dentist’s office and the drill is never turned off....

"Pearl-clutchers." Perfect. Write more, Miss Harris!

However, having been recently amongst our warriors, I should point out that... they are a bunch of kids. Lots of them are right out of high school. They are puppies. They don't "act like grownups" because they really aren't. My son is in AIT (Advanced Individual Training) right now, and is repeatedly exasperated because his platoon or company will be collectively punished because one idiot pulls some juvenile prank.

Posted by John Weidner at January 13, 2012 9:33 AM

This is the Facebook generation. We raised them. We should keep that in mind when we think of a punishment. In the meantime, we should turn that whole region into a parking lot. I'm done. I think your son or anybody else should save their sacrifice for someone more grateful than Karzai. That's one blind spot that Bush had. He's too optimistic.

Posted by: David at January 13, 2012 4:47 PM
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