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Reuters Photos – Those Killer WP Cadets

From an outraged Reuters:

A U.S. Army cadet reads a book entitled "Kill Bin Laden" as he waits with other cadets for U.S. President Barack Obama to deliver an address on U.S. policy and the war in Afghanistan at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York December 1, 2009. Obama is expected to announce a plan to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan over six months in a bid to beat back the Taliban and bring a quicker end to a costly and unpopular eight-year war.

A U.S. Army cadet reads a book entitled "On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society" as he awaits a speech by U.S. President Barack Obama on the U.S. policy and the fighting in Afghanistan at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York December 1, 2009. Obama is announcing a plan to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan over six months in a bid to beat back the Taliban and bring a quicker end to a costly and unpopular eight-year war.

Gosh, that is shocking.  Men in the military reading about killing.

But hasn’t Mr. Obama already sanctioned the killing of Mr. Obama?

After he has been Mirandized, fairly tried in civilian court and exhausted all of his appeals, of course.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 3rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Reuters Photos – Those Killer WP Cadets”

  1. Douglas says:

    I think the better question to ask is what these two soldiers meant by holding those books up. No one reads like that, it’s uncomfortable and tires the arms quickly. They are both holding the books up so they can be seen. The first one is obvious, “Let’s go kill that mother&^%$#er Bin Laden”. As for the second one I don’t know.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Noting the one cadet reading “Kill Bin Laden” has several ribbons on his uniform, this tells me he is a prior-enlisted member who has already served in-country. This is a sharp soldier who has obviously chosen the military as his career and home. My hat’s off to him, and I would like to personally shake his hand. And yes, the books are being held up for the benefit of the photogs. Those photogs don’t get the humor because they actually believe that all soldiers WANT to do is kill; that there is something the matter with them. It comes down to the basic differences between a pacifist and a protector of freedom. Give me one West Point cadet to a million newspaper photogs any day.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I saw several Cadets wearing the C.A.B. (combat action badge) with salad bar that evening. I don’t know about the Army but in the Marines, those who went enlisted first and then became officers were called “Mustangs”.
      These people are worth their weight in gold when it comes to knowledge of handling people in tough situations. I know first hand because I was weened into action by a Mustang, Capt. Dumas USMC.

      True Leaders …….. ’nuff said!

    • Right of the People says:

      LD not to belabor a point but it is the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. If you see one without the wreath it means they completed the course, with the wreath which this cadet has means he’s been in combat. I was Army so I wouldn’t expect a Marine to know the nuances of Army decorations just as I am not knowledgeable in the lore of the Corps.

      Hats off to all of these wonderful men and women at West Point.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I stand corrected and thank you, Right of the People, for your service to our still Great Nation. I do know that the weapon on the badge is called the “Kentucky Rifle”.

      Does the Army call their roll overs “Mustangs”?

  3. proreason says:

    Just based on this one picture, I’d prefer the young man in the first photo over every single person in the Obamistration.

    I’m willing to let him run the country NOW.

    At least he has some experience.

  4. canary says:

    I like the pointing finger.

    “”after witnessing the carnage and destruction, the dust and the tears, I supported this Administrations pledge to hunt down and root out those who would slaughter innocents in the name of intolerance” and would “willingly take up arms myself to prevent such tragedy from happening again.””
    Barack Obama requoting in 2006, his quote in Oct 2002 in speech at a peace rally of 2000 in Chicago, in regards to muslim terrorist’s declaring war on the U.S. 9/11.

    The way Obama tells it, most of the country heard, saw & knew about 9/11 way before he did.
    He was driving to a state legislative hearing downtown Chicago, when he heard the first reports on his car radio. He assumed that there must have been an accident such as a small prop plane perhaps veering off course and tuned it off. Did not learn of the 2nd plane hitting until his arrival at the meeting and they were evacuating. Later, he watched the television screen with others at his law office.
    I think with the violence Obama grew up, voodoo, exorcisms, primitive life, reading books written by communists, the carefully choosing his bad friends in high school, then college, then radical mentors and organizers who ministered to criminals.

    It would mean that Obama as a political representative was in total ignorance as to all foreign affairs, ignorant to any national security threats, in spite of the1st time WTC was bombed.

    For Obama to be willing to bear arms towards the ‘intolerant’ doesn’t mean blood thirsty terrorists.

    Having a degree, which could have lead to a likely safe position as an officer in the military, where he would not need to bare arms and hunt the intolerant down, only Obama could not find a recruiter’s office.

  5. wardmama4 says:

    This is from another website (The Raw Story, that was worthless) but this comment explains the Cadet’s Award correctly (I verified with my hubby): -‘scott_in DC

    The cadet reading “Kill Bin Laden” has earned his stripes–literally. You’ll notice, unlike fellow cadets, he’s earning commendation ribbons, which means he’s already seen service.

    You can tell where he’s been by reading his salad bar:

    First, on top, is the blue Combat Infantry Badge. It is awarded to those who have personally engaged in combat.

    The next ribbon (second row, sitting by itself on top) is the Army Commendation Medal, which is for sustained acts of heroism. It looks as though he also has the “V” device, which is for valorous actions in direct contact with an enemy force, but of a lesser degree than required for the award of the Bronze Star.

    The next ribbon (ruby, three white stripes—third row, left) is the Commendation Medal for exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity as an enlisted solider.

    The red-gold ribbon (third row, center) is the National Defense Service Medal, which is a blanket campaign medal awarded to any member of the United States military who honorably served during a “national emergency”—currently, the War on Terrorism.

    The red-white-black (third row, right) is the Iraq Campaign Medal, and it appears he has the Arrowhead Device, which connotes that he took part in a combat parachute drop or helicopter assault landing.

    The blue-gold-red-white stripe ribbon (fourth row, left) is the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

    The rainbow red-orange-yellow-green-blue ribbon (fourth row, center) is the Army Service Ribbon awarded to enlisted solider for completion of their initial training.

    The black-light blue-white stripe-brown ribbon (fourth row, right) is the Overseas Service Ribbon.’-

    I still do not have a name for him – kudos to anyone who can ferret it out – there is a story about the West Point First Captain of this years class – who went to Iraq with the 101st in 2003 – Tyler Gordy. And if you study a bit – this (prior service) going to the Academy is common during War time.

    Still interesting to see – as it took my son – 6 years of his career to earn his CIB also with the 101st in Iraq in 2003/04.

    Having been an Army wife (both Officer and Enlisted) I’ve always said that the Officers should come up through the ranks – gives them definitely more understanding of the entire system & more importantly experience before they lead.

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