Saturday, May 23, 2009

How we fight.

New York salutes the Marines who love New York.

AP photo by David Guttenfelder

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, speaking at a Memorial Day Weekend ceremony at New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, tells the story:
Specialist Zachary Boyd recently was enjoying a well-deserved sleep when his post in eastern Afghanistan came under enemy attack. He immediately grabbed his rifle and rushed into a defensive position clad in his helmet, body armor, and pink boxer shorts that said “I Love New York”...

Well, let me tell you, the next time I visit Afghanistan I want to meet Specialist Boyd and shake his hand. Any soldier who goes into battle against the Taliban in pink boxers and flip-flops has a special kind of courage.

And I can only wonder about the impact on the Taliban. Just imagine seeing that — a guy in pink boxers and flip-flops has you in his crosshairs — what an incredible innovation in psychological warfare...
OK, that's amusing ... but here's a media presentation that's more serious and well worth taking three minutes to view during this weekend:

Photographer David Guttenfelder, who took the picture, describes the life of the Marines that he has witnessed as an embedded photographer, and how the Marines have changed since 9/11, over a slideshow of his pictures. Watch the whole thing.