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Bring in the G. I. Joes

The unholy War on Terror marches on -- this time in the charming backwaters of Chad, where U.S. soldiers are trying to train a rag-tag bunch of Africans dressed in everything from "Vietnam-era tiger-stripe uniforms to gym clothes, along with flip-flops, boots, dress shoes or no shoes." Sound like an uphill task? Fear not, the Pentagon has equipped itself with the ultimate training tool: G. I. Joe dolls. Time to play Kill the Looks-Like-A-Terrorist. [LINK]

Here's how said Sgt. 1st Class Gary, a welder from Utica, N.Y., on the National Guard team described the experience: "It was like going to Mars." Does that mean we're from Venus? Quick, somebody tell the neocons.

[Via Wonkette]

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