Generation Kill on words vs. actions

I’ve lately been watching the excellent HBO miniseries Generation Kill, and this quote from the end credits of part 6 struck me as worth passing along (cut and pasted from this transcript):

Back home in the civilian world, a fool slaps a “protect the planet” sticker on his car, suddenly he’s all about the environment and shit. Don’t matter that he still drives that fucking car, fires up his computer and video games and cell phone every night with electricity made from nuclear power, coal, and fucking melted baby seal oil. Nuh-uh-uh, I got a dolphin sticker on my shit, so I’m all about saving the fucking planet. In our fucking Marine Corps civilization, it don’t matter what a motherfucker says. Only thing that matters is, dawg, would you charge that motherfucking machine gun when the motherfucker tells you to charge the motherfucking machine gun.

Not that willingness to charge a machine gun should be the sole measure by which we judge people. But it’s a good point about the triviality of a lot of the stuff we get worked up about.

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  • erichoug

    Let’s see, I’ve been to just about every item on the oilfield check list (drilling, pumping, storage, refining) except off shore stuff. I’ve been to both underground and open-pit mines. I’ve been to just about every kind of industrial facility you can imagine. At many of these sites I spent time getting them running or keeping them running. Having presented these bona fides, I can tell you that the folks protesting about all these places have absolutely jack shit of an idea of what they’re talking about.

    My favorite is the ones that leave the protest to drive their SUV’s from their 3500sqft home to their job an hour away, and yet see no irony there.

    I have some respect for the few groups of crunchies that have taken themselves completely off the grid. But the rest? Nah, fuck those morons.

    Everyone’s an environmentalist until you ask them to live in a smaller house or take public transportation.

  • josephgermani

    I like this quote from the show.
    “The point, Lance Corporal… We’re supposed to be a recon unit of pure warrior spirit. We’re out here, forty kliks into enemy lines, and this man of God here, he’s a fucking POG. In fact, he’s an officer POG. That’s one more layer of bureaucracy and unnecessary logistics. One more asshole we need to supply MREs and baby wipes for. And worst of all… He holds a service for twenty or so marines. Worst of all, the motherfucker doesn’t even carry a weapon. When push comes to shove, even Rolling Stone picks up a gun. But this fucking … shill of God? He can’t cover a sector. He’ll never hump ammo or claymores. This is a fucking war, and we’re here as warriors. So on top of everything else that’s expected of us, do we need to drag him along and indulge in this… make-believe bullshit?”Sgt. Brad ‘Iceman’ Colbert