Associated Press photo
The caption for this photo from The Associated Press reads: “In this May 11, 2009 file photo, soldiers from the U.S. Army First Battalion, 26th Infantry take defensive positions at firebase Restrepo after receiving fire from Taliban positions in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. Spc. Zachary Boyd of Fort Worth, Texas, far left, was wearing ‘I love NY’ boxer shorts after rushing from his sleeping quarters to join his fellow platoon members…. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says American soldiers have more than their military might and training on their side in the war in Afghanistan. Some have pink underwear.” Har har!
So apparently the little tale of the U.S. soldier in his pink boxer shorts in Afghanistan is supposed to be so fucking disarmingly cute that we don’t even think of thinking of asking such questions as: “Why in the fuck are we in Afghanistan anyway?”
I am no expert on Afghanistan. Let me state that straight up. My guess is that we don’t absolutely have to be there, that Afghanistan is yet another example of “national security interests” actually amounting to private business interests, such as how Iraq was a “national security threat” that just coinky-dinkily turned out to be just a great no-bid-contract opportunity for Dick Cheney’s war-profiteering Halliburton Corp.
But regardless of whether the U.S. should even be in Afghanistan or not, the pink boxer shorts story is so sickeningly syrupy that I want to vomit.
Is the little story of Boyd in his boxers not meant as a distraction?
The “transparent” Obama adminstration has blocked the release of images of U.S. soldiers abusing detainees in Afghanistan and Iraq, but we do get to see the guffaw-inducing, perhaps even heartwarming image of a U.S. soldier in his skivvies?
I guess that I just have to take it on faith that the whole thing wasn’t orchestrated for the publicity.
But is this supposed to be a cutesy little human interest story that makes us Americans OK with perpetual warfare?
Because that’s sure the fuck what it feels like.