Thursday, March 10, 2011

War Irony

Breaks down easy fits into a pram
A child can carry it do it no harm

Armalite rifle and the holy trinity

It’s used against you for Irish jokes and the BBC

--Armalite Rifle
, Gang of Four

They call me Desert Eagle, semi-auto with lead

I'm seven inches four pounds,
been through so many towns

Ohio to Little Rock to Canarsie, livin' harshly

--I Gave You Power

Witness the bottom, right T shirt in Beretta's Spring 2011 Catalog: "Defending America for Over 25 Years" (p. 37).

Beretta is proud to have been America's standard service sidearm (M9) for the last 25 years, and they are celebrating that with a T shirt listing its service "in dozens of wars and skirmishes. Tours of duty are listed on the back." Among the 40+ dust-ups listed are Bangladesh (1991); Adriatic Sea (1992-present); Central Africa (1996); Congo (1998); Indonesia (1998); Peru-Ecuador (1995-97); Cote d'Ivoire (2002) and Suriname (1994-95). Who even remembers these things?

In the catalog's introduction, Beretta President Cav. Ugo Gussalli Beretta apologizes for the fact that not all gear will be manufactured with the sleek Italian touch: "It is true in this day and age, that we cannot manufacture all our products in Italy",
ergo the International origin of the T's -- read "China" (or Bangladesh, or Vietnam.)

So the irony is, we buy these M9's and go tromping around the world, but we can't even make the T's that celebrate all of that spent treasure that shall never come back to enrich these United States.

Yet ... we will buy their tees to celebrate our profligacy, which has made us unable to manufacture the tees.

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Blogger jo6pac said...


Friday, March 11, 2011 at 11:26:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Near future: Can't wait to see M9 tee's made in Afghanistan with a Taliban label that reads, approved by sharia law, removal punishable by beheading...

Friday, March 11, 2011 at 3:12:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Carl said...

What's that metallic taste? Oh, ....the irony.

Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 2:06:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


I appreciate your humor. I remember cowering under a chair as a child, contemplating removal of the tag above me which promised "punishment by federal law". I was secretly thrilled by the thought of ending up in a gulag ... something to get me out of the house.


Thanks for that. I hadn't realized what an abysmal failure they seem to be.

Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 1:13:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Provocative image, jo.

Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 1:14:00 PM GMT-5  

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