March 27, 2007
Kill, But Don’t Insult
Translated below The Navy’s nixed-mixed messages making the rounds with mil-bloggers from last year.
U.S. Navy Directive 16134 [Inappropriate T-Shirts]
The following directive was issued by the commanding officer of all naval installations in the Middle East, and it was obviously directed at the Marines.
To: All Commands
Subject: Inappropriate T-Shirts
Ref: ComMidEastFor Inst 16134//24 K
All commanders promulgate upon receipt, The following T-shirts are no longer to be worn on or off base by any military or civilian personnel serving in the Middle East:
“Eat Pork Or Die” [both English and Arabic versions]
“Shrine Busters” [Various. Show burning minarets or bomb/artillery shells impacting Islamic shrines. Some with unit logos.]
“Napalm, Sticks Like Crazy” [Both English and Arabic versions]
“Goat – it isn’t just for breakfast any more.” [Both English and Arabic versions]
“The road to Paradise begins with me.” [Mostly Arabic versions but some in English. Some show sniper scope cross-hairs]
“Pork. The other white meat.” [Arabic version]
“Infidel” [English, Arabic and other coalition force languages.]
Your Business Blogger’s favorite: “Guns don’t kill people. I kill people.” [Both Arabic and English versions]
The above T-shirts are to be removed from Post Exchanges upon receipt of this directive.
In addition, the following signs are to be removed upon receipt of this message:
“Islamic Religious Services Will Be Held at the Firing Range At 0800 Daily.”
“Do we really need ‘smart bombs’ to drop on these dumb bast*rds?”
All commands are instructed to implement sensitivity training upon receipt.
Thank you (foot)notes:
See I love Jet Noise.
Arabic above: I am NOT a terrorist.