The standard photo: So. Af’stan edition
When I looked at this, I thought, “Oh, this is the standard war photo from southern Afghanistan.”
When I looked at this, I thought, “Oh, this is the standard war photo from southern Afghanistan.” A guy jumping over an irrigation ditch — that is, a little physical movement on a boring patrol.
Think of it. Every war, or part of a war, has a basic image. WWII Pacific: Guy hunkered down on beach, maybe a palm tree in the background. WWI: Guy peering over parapet, maybe a machine gun in the background. Civil War: Some sort of charge. Vietnam: Anything involving helicopters.
So there you go. And here you are.
U.S. Department of Defense