News, but not the serious kind
Fire, ready, aim!
Blog Guy, I know you study military preparedness around the world. How do U.S. troops compare in areas like marksmanship?
We’re far ahead of most countries … Look at some photos taken in the last couple of days.
On the right are some Belarussian troops. They’re holding their rifles upside-down, and are in danger of some nasty bayonet-through-the-foot accidents. If you have to get into a war, do it with these guys.
Gosh, you’d think just from watching TV they’d know more than that!
Exactly. Now look at some Saudi soldiers, below. They are pointing their rifles straight up, but looking in a totally different direction.
I’m guessing they call this shooting technique “Saudi no-peekie duck-hunting,” and it certainly makes a frontal assault seem pretty tempting.
Amazing. But just to make sure I understand, your entire assessment of the strength and preparedness of these two armies is being made from glancing at a couple of photos?
Oh, like it’s the first time THAT’s ever happened!
Left: Graduating soldiers from the Saudi special forces’ anti-terror unit demonstrate their skills in Riyadh May 17, 2009. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed