Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Ta-been There, Ta-done That

Because Summer is but two days away, it is now or never for the Dreaded (but not too much) Taliban Spring Offensive, 2008 version. Well, it's come. To a village called Ta-been in the area called [Castle] Arghandab in Afghanistan near Kandahar. And...wait for it...the Taliban are again having their asses handed to them by combined NATO (Canadian, eh) and Afghan forces. Not that we're counting bodies, but so far it's 23 to zero.

That's not to say that the news this past week has been all bad for the Taliban. The illegal combatants in Afghanistan were made honorary American citizens (if captured and held in Guantanamo Bay) by Justice Kennedy and four other Justices. And there was a big jailbreak and nearly 400 Taliban types broke out of stir along with another 450 common prisoners. They are being swept back up as I write.
The photo is of a Marine from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, International Security Assistance Force looks through the scope of his 5.56 mm M-4 carbine rifle during operations in Garmsir, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on April 29, 2008. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Piper, U.S. Marine Corps. I know the .223 doesn't have a lot of kick to it, but he's not leaving enough space between his 'scope' and his eye socket. He could be sorry. Finger's not on the trigger, though. He's got sunglasses on. Probably not in the act of shooting. Still...


Probably just using the scope for distance viewing...
Your guess is as good as mine. Not much of a scope, however.
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