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2/03/2005

Most Ridiculous Item of the Week

From NYT:

"A senior Marine general who commanded forces in Iraq and Afghanistan has been admonished by the commandant of the Marine Corps for saying publicly, 'It's fun to shoot some people.'"

The entire quote is even better, "Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. You know, it's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right upfront with you, I like brawling. You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them."

Now as ridiculous as that is, it still isn't the most ridiculous part of this story. No, the most ridiculous part is the way his superiors make lame (and I mean lame) excuses for him.

On Thursday, Gen. Michael W. Hagee, commandant of the Marine Corps, issued a statement saying, "I have counseled him concerning his remarks, and he agrees he should have chosen his words more carefully. While I understand that some people may take issue with the comments made by him, I also know he intended to reflect the unfortunate and harsh realities of war."

Really? Which part was the unfortunate, harsh realty of war? The part where he said he loves to brawl, or the part where he it's a "hoot" to kill people?

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