Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Last Brigade

The last combat brigade left Iraq today. There isn’t really much to be said about that so, of course, MSNBC spent some three hours saying it, devoting the energies of no fewer than eleven newscasters and nine retired generals to the task. It has been a masterpiece of… Well, of something.

Remaining behind are the Quaker Brigades; some 50,000 troops armed, presumably, with tennis rackets or some such. Their purpose is unclear, but they are apparently not combat troops. One has to wonder how the military selects personnel assignments as to combat or non-combat troops.

When I was in the service there wasn’t any such thing as a “non-combat Navy.” Well, there was, it was called the Coast Guard.

Sorry, bad joke.

2 comments:

Bartender Cabbie said...

Don't know Jayhawk. I saw some shots fired in the "Guard" well just over a bow.

bruce said...

Like the "end of combat operations" that George W. Bush said? I doubt that there are 50,000 contentious objectors left behind. And yes it was a bad joke. The Coasties are coming for you..

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