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February 21, 2010

America Calling

Marjah kicking doors.jpg

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.

The photo does make me a little nostalgic for Iraq, though (1, 2, 3 ).

(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.)

  • Rab

    It looks like a very nice door. Seriously. It looks like really nice wood and hard to replace.
    And how can you not be outraged when somebody kicks in your door? It doesn’t matter whether or not they’re as brown as you.

    • Dan

      It was a thin metal door, with a wood decal on it. Thats me in the pic. You shoot at me and I’ll kick in your door too. The family had already been kicked out by the Taliban and there were beheadings of civilians by Taliban in the village. It needed to be cleared. They were all financially reimbursed for damaged property. You really don’t know anything if you can’t think of a situation in combat where a door would have to be opened by any means necessary.

  • jean m

    this reminds me of the song “this is war” by smile empty soul.

  • Ursula L

    The building looks old. The door looks new. How many times has this household had their door kicked in, and had to replace it? And by how many different military groups?
    For all the talk of the US occupation somehow being different than the USSR, the Northern Alliance, the Taliban, and everyone else who has inflicted themselves on the people of Afghanistan, it seems like one more of the same. One more time of the door being kicked in, and having to replace it.

    • Dan

      If I was a local national I would be more outraged by the Taliban using my wife and children as cover for movement than a Marine kicking in my door and then paying my unemployed neighbors to fix it. You are right, the Taliban who were occupying that compound should of left it unlocked so I didn’t have to kick it in. Either way every door we kicked in our area of occupation we went back and helped the family file a claim, and we paid them for their inconvenience then paid the unemployed locals to fix.

  • Greybeard

    your nostalgia comment and pictures make me think of a phrase I’ve used often to describe a variety of situations.
    Same Sh*t, different day

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