Really? This is some weak tea…
The video appeared on Liveleak.com and is already generating controversy for a US government that has had to deal with multiple scandals involving deplorable conduct of American troops in Afghanistan.
The video, taken from the cockpit of an AH64 Apache helicopter in the 101st airborne division, shows an air raid on an Afghan roadway. As the pilots close in on the target, they release a hellfire missile. The targets can be seen as little white spots in the middle of the road. They turn to run, and the moment before they are engulfed in flame, one of the pilots comes over the com with his rendition of the most famous line of the American classic.
“While on patrol in the Wardack province our Apache Pilots aka “Mexican” encountered innocent farmers planting poppy seeds in the middle of the road. Working in concert with ground forces they eliminated the threat with ONE Kilo Hellfire,” the caption by Liveleak.com on the video reads.
Sadly, WordPress makes it almost impossible to embed Liveleak videos, so you’ll have to follow the link.
Of course, the bad guys weren’t planting poppy seeds in the middle of a road. They were digging in an IED. I’m guessing the caption was a bit of snark. And is the gunner singing a snippet of Don McLean really a controversy? I don’t recall which clause of the Geneva Conventions prohibits singing.
Update: got it to embed, but it autoplays.