No doubt, the Americans are learning and improving in Iraq. It is a real learning army. The pic (from a PR blog maintained by the Pentagon - Kol HaKavod to them!) shows several things:
* The Americans have adopted the ridiculous Israeli headdress
* They seem to have obligatory sunglasses. The uniform has the background color of the desert, and it is wide and open, providing good ventilation. This is the first American uniform in Iraq that is appropriate to the hot desert environment, and does not look like a clown.
* All the equipment is used, maintained, clean and neat.
* They have improved firearms and it looks clean, greased but without excess dust, which must be difficult in the desert. The thingie he holds seems to be some kind of MAG, a heavy ametralladora. Israeli soldiers walk around with Viet Nam war surplus materiel, which is like bow-and-arrow technology compared with this.
* They are doing house to house searches, just like the Israeli army
* The Iraqi house has the traditional Hamsa (the hand) against the evil eye.
The American marine looks like the superior version of our garden variety, undisciplined, unkept, poorly equipped Israeli soldier. Truth is truth. The Americans are by far the best.
The story that goes with the pic sells the latest politically correct version of what American marines are doing 5,000 miles away from home and doing house-to-house searches with the finger on the trigger of their monstruous machine guns.
“These people that live in this area are citizens who make an honest living farming or herding. It’s our job to ensure they aren’t influenced with corruption,” said Lance Cpl. Kevin T. Webb, a scout with Delta Co. Since the beginning of the deployment, the company had been able to provide security for the villages and issue medical attention to all who need it. “We went from being a [security] force to being advisors and now it’s time to finish the job.”That is the way to talk, and not like our confused, doubt-ridden soldiers, that give the impression on TV that they are ashamed of themselves and as if in their pure bleeding hearts they would prefer to fight for the enemy.