U.S. soldiers in Iraq are YouTubing. The clips — some no more than snuff films with soundtracks — aren’t likely to please a White House already unhappy with the mainstream media’s “negative coverage.” But the videos are real.
One soldier, bitter about guarding a Halliburton delivery truck, asks:
Why the f — am I sitting out here guarding a truck full of cheesecake?
Raised on Nintendo and Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, the troops fighting this war want to experience the kind of battle promised to them by Splinter Cell and Total Recall. The videos they make are an attempt to salvage a war whose coherence crumbled soon after Saddam’s statue fell.