Tucker Carlson and the Daily Caller cannot fairly be characterized as impressionable, malleable young minds, one would think. They’ve done some serious journalism, some righteous expose’s, some thoughtful commentary. But guns and tanks and helos and charging jarheads just push context clear off the battlefield, apparently. Badass? Ooookay.
If this new Marine Corps commercial, “Toward the Sounds of Chaos,” doesn’t light the flame of patriotism in your heart, we don’t know what will, you communist.
Yes, it was a cool video, and seeing the might of the United States Marines always strikes a chord, but if one stops to think for just a half-second, what does “Toward the Sounds of Chaos” mean? Does it mean that the function of the Marine Corps is to charge willy-nilly and blindly towards ….some chaotic condition? Actually, the song goes something like “We will fight our country’s battles, in the air on land and sea.” What are our country’s battles? Do we mindlessly battle “chaos”? Actually, we think there is supposed to be an enemy of sorts, where the Marines are involved.
Yes, planes and tanks and LST’s are “badass”, as the DC says, but we couldn’t help notice those “A.I.D.” boxes being transported. The Marines, apparently, are moving toward delivering Agency for International Development shipments. To drive the point home that it’s not just about armed conflict anymore, the narrator offers this:
“They are the first to move towards the sounds of tyranny, injustice and despair.”
There has been tyranny afoot ever since God made tyrants. Injustice? Hoo boy. If you ask us, it’s absolutely rife throughout the world, at least according to our standards. Despair? We hate even the thought of it. But do you send in the Marines?
The campaign for a kinder, gentler military has been in the works for some time now, especially in the other branches. Appeal to the better angels and the supposed desire of the new breed of soldier to be a “difference maker” , seems to be in vogue. However, we had always felt that the Marine Corps would resist becoming an adjunct of the Peace Corps, or the Boys and Girls Club, or the United Way or the …..Agency for International Development, which sentiment in no way disparages the goals and achievements of those fine organizations. But we had always thought being ‘badass’ meant “kicking ass”, not trying to soothe ruffled feathers, or comfort the downtrodden or mediate disputes.
If we are mistaken in our view that the psyche of the New American Soldier, in this case American Marine, is undergoing a profound alteration by what passes for the military establishment today, at the behest of its civilian handlers, we stand ready to be corrected. But when we pay attention to the words, as well as the pictures, we hear the new refrain of “buy the world a coke” and “help the helpless” and ” kumbayah” . That definition of the mission, while a noble goal for the United States as a country, is not what the military has traditionally been about. Some fine day when the other militaries, and paramilitaries, around the world have their missions redefined, perhaps ours can let their guard down. Until then, charging toward chaos to deliver food and words of encouragement ignores clear and present dangers that get our soldiers killed and in the end help not the victims of injustice or the sufferers of despair.
The American soldier has always been the best ambassador for our country – once the battle is over. If it were just this one video, we might dismiss it as just the new way of recruiting, but if you take the time to explore the Marine Corps website and read over and over things like “making a difference”, and “human rights”, and see images designed to express the notion that a Marine has to undergo rigorous training in order to deploy to Afghanistan and high-five little Afghani kids, you begin to question whether a ……fundamental transformation…..is taking place.
Words mean things. Sometimes a few words are worth a thousand pictures.