February 21, 2010
I don’t know if they’re less pissed off when Afghans kick their doors in, but the Marjah locals — who McChrystal is bending over backwards to please — aren’t happy about it. The photo of this Marine applying the boot, by the way, is also hard visual evidence the Afghans aren’t ready for lead-taking.
(photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters. caption: A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines breaks the door of a house to search for weapons during an operation in the town of Marjah, in Nad Ali district of Helmand province February 16, 2010. U.S. Marines, leading one of NATO’s biggest offensives against Taliban Islamic militants in Afghanistan, are facing fierce resistance in some areas, bogged down by heavy gunfire, snipers and booby traps.)