MoveOn.org has a new anti-war ad out which was spotted by a U.S. Army Captain home on leave from his 3rd deployment to Iraq. He sent an email to Opinion Journal concerning his opinion about the ad as well as a, um, technical critique. The ad features a scene in which a group of American soldiers are partaking of a meager Thanksgiving Day meal because they can't be home for the holidays. Only trouble is, according to the Captain, they're not Americans - they're British soldiers. He points out that shorts are not regular Army issue and the fatigues being worn by the soldiers pictured are British, not American. The good Captain says,
These are not your normal everyday U.S. soldiers though. If you look at the frame they are actually British soldiers. One is in shorts (we don't have shorts as a normal combat uniform) and the others are all clearly wearing British pattern fatigues.Here is the picture from the MoveOn ad. Take a good look at the camo color and pattern on the fatigues. Really check out the four standing in the shadow of the tent. It's a little difficult to tell the color on the two standing in the sun but you can still see the camo pattern on their fatigues.
So, my point is that these [turkeys] pretend to argue on my behalf and bash the president in the name of my crying wife, and they don't even know what an American soldier looks like!
Now, take a look at this photo of honest to goodness apple pie-loving American soldiers (Tommys love peas porridge, or something).
See the difference? Here, I'll help you out a little more with a photo of British and American soldiers side-by-side.That's a Tommy on the left - no, your other left - and two GI's on the right. Now, compare the camouflage of the Tommy with the camouflage being worn in the MoveOn photo by the supposed American soldiers eating their lonely Thanksgiving meal in far away Iraq. Looks about the same, right? Now compare the camouflage being worn by the American soldiers in both photos with the soldier's camouflage in the MoveOn photo. Looks a lot different, doesn't it?
How much do the MoveOn people pay for these adds? Too much at any price, I'd say.
UPDATE: See next post for latest shocking developments as an ace blogger catches MoveOn's sorry and fraudulent attempt to salvage this fiasco.
TAGS: MoveOn.org, camouflage confusion, Iraq, war on terror, we're still there