Generation Kill: Combat Jack
(Part 4 of 7) "Well sir, it's just that you're incompetent, sir." - Doc Bryan
I've asked before, and I'll ask again: why aren't more of the good guys dying? When CIA-trained Iraqi friendlies get waxed by Saddam's Republican Guard because they don't have a clue? When leadership like Encino Man are floored to hear that they're stupid? When men like Captain America don't understand how using enemy weapons could cause harm? Why aren't more of the good guys dying?
It's because of the bottom on the totem pole players. The Colberts. The Persons. The Ficks. The Esperas. It's because of them that we're getting to see their story as a humorous account on HBO and not as some sappy, tears in your eyes Ken Burns PBS documentary.
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Honestly, what did Encino Man expect to hear when he and Casey Kasem wandered around, asking for candid thoughts? Allowing his men to speak freely? The fact that he looked genuinely surprised and hurt when Doc Bryan called him incompetent only helps to bolster Doc's remarks. Smart men know what their colleagues think of them.
And then there was his ridiculous attempt to try and inspire confidence in his men, practically chiding them for forgetting that their enemy is ... the enemy. Oh right. Duh. While I agree with Godfather, that insubordination breeds insubordination, I think it's comical that the only reason they've taken an interest in that destroyed supply truck is because the unit colors were on it.
A flag was lost. Don't get me wrong, I understand the significance of it. The pride that comes with it. The history attached to it. Last I checked though, flags don't win wars. Food, guns, and ammo do and no one up top seems to care about that. So for Encino Man to say not to be angry at Godfather for leaving the truck; be angry at the Iraqis for burning it? Huh? Did they expect it to be there when they came back? It's like Person said last week - you don't leave an unlocked car in the streets of Baltimore. Smart men know how to inspire those around them.
- Explain this to me. How is it smart to split up Alpha and Bravo? They're almost 24 hours ahead of any other unit, buried deep in enemy territory, running on no sleep, insufficient supplies, with small rosters of men. That just doesn't make sense to me. It's all Godfather, doing whatever he wants in an attempt to please Mattis. Champagne taste on a beer budget -- you get drunk either way, but how much are you willing to spend?
- The combat jack! Frankly, I'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned already. No sense in mincing words -- masturbation is a great way to relieve stress and these men are under a lot of stress.
- Glad to see Trombley win back some respect by pinpointing that shooter.
- Anyone else notice that Garza had some new headgear? Looks like he spray-painted a dirt-bike helmet dark green.
- I could be wrong because I'm trying to recall from the book, but I think this is the first time in the series that Simon and Burns scaled back on Wright's descriptions. During the roadblock scene, when that little girl was shot, I'm pretty sure that, in the book, Reyes picked her up first and the top of her head slid off, revealing her brain. Maybe it was another scene, but I don't think it was. Either way, it made me wonder: was it a stylistic decision? A little girl dying was enough? Or was it protest on Reyes' part because he had already lived through that horror once?
- I can't remember the last time I heard a song by Wheatus. "Teenage Dirtbag." Hilarious.
- I'm honestly not surprised that no one seems to take the Navy chaplain seriously. Brad did make a good point though. He's one extra guy that needs to be fed and when it comes down to it, he ain't picking up a gun.
|Encino Man||135 (31.4%)|
|Captain America||215 (50.0%)|