Sunday, October 12, 2008
Chauncey DeVega's World of Ghetto Nerds: The Battle for Sadr City featured on 60 Minutes
60 Minutes pulled the curtain back a bit tonight on the present/future of military technology and war making in its feature story "How Technology Helped Win the Sadr City Battle." Now, this wasn't an expose on the U.S. military's "secret" weapons alluded to by Bob Woodward in his interview a few weeks ago, but it did provide some tantalizing bits of new information.
As a ghetto nerd student of military affairs I am always proud of our war fighters and their courage: imagine being a combat engineer and putting up a cement wall while taking all that fire. As I am fond of saying, those brothers are born again hard. And whenever those operators in Task Force 17 are mentioned I can't help but have a crooked smile while I say a prayer for whoever those Army Delta and Navy Seals are going to send on an express, one way trip to the afterlife.
That having been said, in this most dire of moments, I just hope that we can extend our ingenuity at making war abroad to fixing our broken economy at home.
Some other choice "war porn" as we like to call it:
Special Ops in Sadr City
So much like a video game it is scary:
A typical day in the office at Ramadi:
Say hello to my little friend:
Some balance lest we become too fond of war:
Never forget, "It is good that war is so horrible, or we might grow to like it."