Random sights one never expects to see in a war zone…..
Near the building I work in is a pond, complete with working fountains. I don’t know why we went through the effort to get the thing working again once we took over the area, but someone made the decision and there it is. Because of said pond, we have a family of geese who’ve taken up residence, and they recently hatched three goslings. Three times a day, they walk from the pond to the grassy area about 200 yards away (again, maintained for no discernable reason), where they get their grub on and then head back to the pond to swim it off. It’s an amusing procession to watch, with the adult geese in a perfect formation around the goslings - one in front, one to the side the road is on, one behind.
Today, as I was walking back from lunch (and wishing I could just hop in a pool and swim it off myself), I saw the geese coming toward the grassy area, and paused to watch. Just then, a pickup truck came down the road (it’s a busy area, so he was going appropriately slow). The lead goose stepped in front of the truck, lowered it’s head, and did that half hiss/half bleat thing that geese do to appear intimidating. The truck, driven by a Marine armed to the teeth, stopped, backed up, and allowed the geese to pass. It was like watching a weird hybrid of “Animal Planet” and the footage from Tianamen Square.
It’s a good thing the bad guys don’t know our real Archilles’ Heel - all they’d have to do is release about 3000 puppies and other small, furry, and/or cute critters throughout Iraq, and watch every Marine in sight go “Awwww, c’mere little guy,” put their weapons down, and start petting and playing with the pups. We’d be helpless.
Big tough guys we are!