Crusty The Clown praises own army

In yesterday's Wall Street Journal, in a reaction to Flahautain's clownesk behaviour:

As a front page Wall Street Journal story noted a year ago, "Belgium . . . employs hundreds of military barbers, musicians and other personnel who aren't likely to be called into battle. Yet Belgium doesn't have the money to replace aging helicopters or conduct regular combat training exercises."
If preferring barbers to helicopters is Mr. Flahaut's idea of efficiency, we'll take the U.S. Army, with all its "inefficiency," thank you.

They don't even know half of the story. Military personnel is known here for having sideline jobs during official working hours, have been in different scandals (laying carpets for ministers, constructing swimmingpools, ...) and are generally known with the public as beerdrinking, badly educated lowlifes with no level of responsibility at all, not in the least able to defend our country when things should become heated or troubled. Who said anything about being inefficient?

12:32 Gepost door Flint | Permalink | Commentaren (2) |  Facebook |


Be fair C'mon Flex there are a few decent ones in your military. I can assure you from the few I know Mr Flatulent is not the most popular chap in the world. Blame the politicos fine but the military, despite its comic aspects ain't all bad

Gepost door: Gawain | 04-02-04

I'm sure it isn't Gawain (I did start out with an extra paragraph to point out there's always someone doing a good job, everywhere, but deleted it for the sake of readability), but you must admit that the image we're bringing forth isn't the one of highly trained military powers.

I often have to think of what Robert D. Kaplan saw when visiting training camps and schools on his travels through America. He was, like many of us, expecting the usual clichés: muscled rednecks talking loud, without much sense for the finer knowledge in life, "killing machines". Instead, he met highly educated students that didn't only develop their triceps but also worked on mental awareness and knew very well how to use history, geography and culture to their advantage (I'm sure someone will have to do the potato-peeling-watch as well).

I think we're far from that here. Even the humanitarian missions look pale. Maybe we could make them work on some ice sculptures: http://www.mytravelguide.com/city-guide/Asia/Japan/Sapporo/The-Yuki-Matsuri ... .

Gepost door: Flint | 04-02-04

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