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Friday, September 28, 2012

Good Morning, Afghanistan

Posted by on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Is this the future of the action movie? Reality action movie? Or is it the future of video games?


The photographer Chase Jarvis writes:
It’s real, raw, and unnerving from the middle of an active battlefield. No doubt, it was not created with artistic purpose. But it captures the context and imagery of what it is like, visually, to be in war. Nerve-rattling and stressful.
The soldier was hit four times but his life was protected by futuristic armour. Afganistan

 

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The Accidental Theologist 1
That "I'm hit" will echo in mind for a long time...
Posted by The Accidental Theologist http://accidentaltheologist.com on September 28, 2012 at 9:00 AM · Report this
Asparagus! 2
Ugh. Reality is too real.
Posted by Asparagus! on September 28, 2012 at 9:07 AM · Report this
chinaski 3
maybe traversing an exposed ridge is not the best idea when under machine gun attack.
Posted by chinaski on September 28, 2012 at 9:17 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 5
Where are the Apaches and A-10's? They should have air support if they're under machine gun fire. Tanks would be better, but that terrain is probably too rough.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on September 28, 2012 at 9:47 AM · Report this
Julie in Eugene 6
@3 I had the same thought, but if you read the description of the video on YouTube, he says he went into the open to draw their fire so the rest of his squad could get to safety.
Posted by Julie in Eugene on September 28, 2012 at 9:54 AM · Report this
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It's the future of reality television. Guaran-fuckin-teed. Wait til the first moron dies on Survivor, or Amazing Race, or any of those other idiotic shows. The ratings will go through the roof and this will be next.
Posted by NateMan on September 28, 2012 at 10:16 AM · Report this
8
WHERE'S THE ANTI WAR CROWD NOW THAT BUSH IS OUT OF OFFICE?? What a fucking waste.

Posted by cliche on September 28, 2012 at 10:26 AM · Report this
9
Bronze star, at least.

And take a good look at the "vital strategic interest" we're fighting for over there. Truck farms and barren mountain tops.
Posted by Westside forever on September 28, 2012 at 10:42 AM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 10
@3,5--My impression is that an awful lot of these guys are deployed to "forward operating bases" where it's literally a small squad of soldiers holding a hilltop, somewhere far beyond where heavy equipment easily moves in and out.

(I'm in no way an expert on these things, but the documentary "Restrepo" was pretty informative.)
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on September 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 11
@3, 5:

Wow guys, you really need to stop getting your war info from movies. Along with what #10 said, there is not always air support/communications available, and soldiers do not always get to choose where they fight, especially in a war such as this.

Lots of good memoirs coming out of Iraq/Afghanistan, and they are invaluable for learning what life on the front lines of a modern war is like. Hint: It sucks, and nothing ever goes as planned.

No plan survives contact with the enemy.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on September 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM · Report this
Westlake, son! 12
It's like he doesn't think bullets are real. Take cover dummy.
Posted by Westlake, son! on September 28, 2012 at 11:34 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 13
@3 ftw. never an excuse, @6.

Seriously, it's the first thing we used to hammer into people's heads.

You can't survive in mountain areas if you forget it.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on September 28, 2012 at 11:55 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 14
I'm a little surprised he ran out in the open too. Smoke grenades are standard issue. Someone in the squad should have laid down smoke as soon as the firing started. Then get on the radio and get some spotters in for an artillery strike or air strike.

I'm just an armchair general though... this guy did what he thought best to survive and try to help his team. No faults there.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on September 28, 2012 at 12:19 PM · Report this
venomlash 15
@13: Thank you.
For those just joining us, that was Will in Seattle, our resident military expert. Back to you, Jessie.
Posted by venomlash on September 28, 2012 at 12:24 PM · Report this
Beetlecat 16
Once his helmet cam started showing nearby strikes on the ground, I was totally confused why he wasn't making a bee-line for some cover, or getting up over the ridge. Whoever was shooting at him was taking their time with well-placed shots. Not exactly "machine gun" fire as the video would suggest.
Posted by Beetlecat on September 28, 2012 at 2:14 PM · Report this
Beetlecat 17
/\ That being said, I have no idea what he was up against, or what the environment was like. Being shot at and especially hit multiple times is likely terrifying.
Posted by Beetlecat on September 28, 2012 at 2:15 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 18
One of the reasons I got out of the military after 2 enlistments was that I decided that dodging bullets was a crazy way to make a living.

Looks like new people are still learning that lesson.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on September 28, 2012 at 3:29 PM · Report this
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This is what happens when a generation raised on Call of Duty hits the real battlefield:

"Shit we're under attack! Go ahead bros, I'll draw their fire!"
*slides down a rocky hill backwards on his ass*
"I'm hit!" (to self: "Stay calm bro, I'll just respawn at the top of the hill.")
*waits, nothing happens*
"I'm hit! I'mhitI'mhitI'mhit!"
Posted by The Magic of Television on September 29, 2012 at 6:28 PM · Report this
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Showed the video to my husband. He was deployed to Afghanistan with the 173rd in 2005. His comments in order:

1) Kunar province, figures.
2) Why is he running out into the open? (Later we read it was supposedly to draw fire. "Nah, he just wanted to be a badass. He ran out without looking for cover, and should have known if he got pinned his buddies would have to come down for him anyway.")
3) Nice tumble.
4) Nice slow run. No need for tactical movement, buddy.
5) Nope, no cover there.
6) Jeez, that was close.
7) Is he hit? Why doesn't he treat himself?
8) Shut up and treat yourself instead of mewling like a cat.
9) Why isn't he treating himself?
Posted by Run Lola Run on October 2, 2012 at 7:23 PM · Report this
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Showed the video to my husband. He was deployed to Afghanistan with the 173rd in 2005. His comments in order:

1) Kunar province, figures.
2) Why is he running out into the open? (Later we read it was supposedly to draw fire. "Nah, he just wanted to be a badass. He ran out without looking for cover, and should have known if he got pinned his buddies would have to come down for him anyway.")
3) Nice tumble.
4) Nice slow run. No need for tactical movement, buddy.
5) Nope, no cover there.
6) Jeez, that was close.
7) Is he hit? Why doesn't he treat himself?
8) Shut up and treat yourself instead of mewling like a cat.
9) Why isn't he treating himself?
Posted by Run Lola Run on October 2, 2012 at 7:26 PM · Report this

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