Wednesday, January 31, 2007
consider someone else:
According to a recently-issued Special Forces manual, while certain pack animals are acceptable to use for spec-ops purposes (donkeys, mules), elephants "should not be used by U.S. military personnel." In the assessment of the manual's authors, "Elephants are not the easygoing, kind, loving creatures that people believe them to be. They are, of course, not evil either." (h/t Steve)

There you have it. The U.S. military is cavalier about the threat posed by Pachydermofascism.
--Spencer Ackerman
How exactly are we supposed to deal with the enemy's elephant threat without counter-elephants?

(Actually, I think the Romans figured out counter-elephant tactics pretty well. I think we should reserve our use of elephants for occasions where we're opposing enemy cavalry.)
Blogger Anderson | 6:48 AM

Im I remember LOTR:Return of the King correctly, the best way to defeat the enemy's elephants is with a squad of elves and an air force consisting of giant eagles. Wizards help too, of course, so someone call Gilbert Arenas if necessary.
Blogger jfaberuiuc | 6:59 AM

Oh, come on - don't be obtuse!

In a civilian-led military, this is as close as the officer corps can come to overt criticism of their ideological overlords.
Blogger Dualarity | 9:29 AM

I relayed this to friends and received this response from a 72 year old Vietnam Vet:

"As I recall, sometime in late 1963, elephant droppings were found on trails into the Central Highlands in the 22nd ARVN Division's tactical zone, and were seen as an indicator of increased NVA logistical support for the VC/NVA forces operating along the SouthViet-Cambodian/Lao border."

So there's commie pachyderms too...

Dan Tompkins
Blogger Dan Tompkins | 5:45 PM

Also to be considered is that "special ops" often involves - ummm, covert activities, where detection might have untoward consequences.

And one thing we know ab out elephants: they are damned hard to keep inconspicuous!
Blogger Jay C | 4:38 PM