December 10, 2009
People-who-don't-know-what-they're-talking-about Watch, part 2
Adam Rawnsley for Wired:
Taking a filmed “victory” lap around an American facility might make some sense as a propaganda tool. But taking a giggly victory lap on an elliptical in said base – as two Taliban enthusiastically do in the video – is a big infowar fail.
This guy doesn't get it at all, I'm afraid. I can say fairly authoritatively the average Afghan response to this video will be, "here I am without electrical power 5 days out of 7, in winter nights no less, and those American twits had a machine running to simulate walking uphill. These insurgents are looking better and better." More here.
"endearingly macho" -- Mark Steyn
"wonderfully detailed analysis" -- John Allemang, Globe and Mail
"unusually candid" -- Tom Ricks, Foreignpolicy.com
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