Generation Kill: Screwby
(Part 3 of 7) "Yeah... these guys waving at us are probably the same ones who tried to kill us yesterday." - Cpl. Josh Ray Person
On the road again. More banter. More offensive jokes. And lots more stupidity. Honestly, the fact that no one has uttered the word "mutiny" is mind-boggling. To the contrary, everyone has fallen in line. I'm not sure if you caught it, but Sixta's constant harping about the grooming standard finally worked. All moustaches were gone.
I'm serious about the mutiny thing though... honestly, this is like having Michael Scott (from The Office) as your commanding officer, only with extra idiocy and far less humor.
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Two big things to talk about in this episode, and you guessed it -- it's all because those in charge probably shouldn't be. First up is the stunningly stupid Cpt. Craig "Encino Man" Schwetje. How exactly do men like this get promoted? After a "radio malfunction" (he had changed his channel without telling anyone), he called in an air-strike on an Iraqi two-man mortar team that Fick and his men had already taken out.
That's bad enough. Even worse? He called it in with only around 200 yards between friendlies and the target, better known as "danger close." As Doc Bryan was quick to point out, everyone, right down to the lowliest grunt, knows what "danger close" is. People could die from shrapnel. Encino Man had no idea what it was, nor did he care. He asserted his power after being questioned by Doc and Fick, and ran with the strike anyway. Fortunately, he had no clue about proper codes for an air-strike, so it never happened. But the damage was done.
To add to the absurdity, Fick may now be investigated for his role in questioning Schwetje's orders! Hats off to Stark Sands though. He's playing the role of Fick perfectly - balanced, calm, and collected. I wonder if his casting was partly based on his appearance? Fick, one of the smartest guys out there, looks like a teenage boy compared to some of the other men.
And speaking of the smartest guys out there, scratch Godfather off that list. Last week, I referred to him as a "guy who knew his shit." He lost my respect the second we realized he was just out to get a medal and commendation from Maj. Gen. Mattis. He dropped even lower in my book after he commended Encino Man for his daring and unorthodox methods. The man got a pat on the back for calling in a "danger close" air-strike! Unbelievable.
And then there's Trombley. Poor guy -- I honestly feel bad for him. He was technically obeying orders. ROE had been lifted, declaring any Iraqis on the way to the airfield as hostile. Was his shooting of a young boy terrible? Yes, absolutely. But consider his line of vision, the tenseness of the situation, and his faith in his commanders - Colbert, and ultimately Godfather. They said shoot. He did. And now, no one, except for Colbert has his back. That ain't right one bit. It's shocking to me that no one else seems to see his side. Other soldiers are calling him a cold-blooded killer, ignoring the fact that they had the same orders to shoot in that situation. Perhaps he should have practiced restraint, but considering the stress he was under, I'm not sure I or anyone else would have done anything differently.
This does bring one very important thing to light - there is absolutely no unit integrity here. For any group of people to survive - whether it be family, a business, or the military - you have to have each others backs. These men don't and it's starting to show.
Q-Tip is one of the better characters in the book and I wish he was being used more in the series. His argument with Trombley, after Trombley "shit on his shitter," was far more colorful in Wright's book. Screwby!
I can't believe Sixta was willing to leave behind the supply truck. Food, ammo, guns, mines... all lost. And he was pissed at Garza for losing his helmet. Par for the course at this point.
I loved Espera's reasoning for joining the Marines: because white people don't stab other white people behind a Tastee-Freeze with a screwdriver.
Person is nuts... old news, I know. But the war isn't really about NAMBLA (North American Man Boy Love Association)... or is it?
Brad's Big Gay Al impersonation was hilarious... but an eerie reminder that these men are just like you and me. I make Big Gay Al and Mr. Hankey voices all the time.
Chaffin had the picture of Wright's girlfriend the whole time. Hilarious.
"We just seized an airfield... that was pretty fuckin' ninja."
|Trombley -- he could have restrained himself.||99 (23.0%)|
|Colbert -- he knew the order was a bad one.||20 (4.7%)|
|Godfather -- In the end, it was his call.||311 (72.3%)|