America’s Military Has Talent!


Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Vice President for Communications Peter Reid emailed me the most fantastic suggestion.
After seeing my post about US soldiers in Afghanistan doing their Lady Gaga stuff, he sent me another YouTube link of US Air Force Academy cadets playing up Kesha’s Tik Tok. Coolio.
And then he said, we should start a competition “America’s Military Has Talent!”
The winner would appear at next year’s White House Correspondents Association dinner.
Of course, the White House Correspondents Association has no connection to any of this yet — but we think that they should call Peter and me and put us in charge.
There is no doubt that these folks have talent, which I think could be deployed better than in the various military surges we have going right now — but still, that have talent.
— Steve Clemons


9 comments on “America’s Military Has Talent!

  1. arthurdecco says:

    Great Idea! Let’s make the Military a part of the Entertainment/Military/Industrial Complex! (After all, they’re all owned by the same people, aren’t they?)
    Let’s “Disneyland” Death, so to speak!


  2. Steve's Friend says:

    Steve, this is a great video. Brilliant idea.


  3. sanitychecker says:

    Can’t these guys grow up and get real jobs?


  4. JohnH says:

    Guess some kids missed their calling–entertainment not killing. Sadly, the American economy does not need more of either.
    But these media savvy kids still have a bright future–as foreign policy experts on CNN, Fox or NPR–shilling for war.


  5. Dan Kervick says:

    There was an African-American soldier in the first skit. He lip-synced the Beyonce parts.


  6. jonst says:

    Just an observation, and perhaps an incorrect one at that, but did not see any African-American soldiers in either of the two skits you presented Steve. Which is fine if that is the way the participants wanted it. But it is a statistical anomaly, is it not? Perhaps it is telling us something?


  7. Mr.Murder says:

    The oil gusher can’t use slant drilling to alleviate pressure? Siphon the pressure back of the spill to reduce flow.
    Yeah it would expensive, difficult, and technically tricky. That’s why you pay engineers to do it.
    Several local manufacturers make tubing and structural steel for oil rigs. It would take 12-15 hours tops to overhaul thew entire line and spec the things needed and roll the stuff out ASAP. The largest North American subprovider can roll the coils out as well from here.
    Right ont he Mississippi river, and at the i40/i55 juncture. A former air base nearby has one of the longest North American runways(one of only two true north runways) and there is a guard unit here with a lot of experienced steel workers in it. You could roll those out on c135 and have them in position in a half day.
    Where are your TVA types to do this? The country cannot harness that kind of help at this time?


  8. steven Clemons says:

    Dan — not a bad idea there! But actually, except for the excellent
    band Suspicious Package, I haven’t seen much musical talent. That
    band has Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles, USTR Deputy
    Christina Sevilla, former LA Times correspondent Josh Meyer and
    former Bloomberg and Time investigative correspondent Tim
    Burger. There’s another dude — but blanking on the name right
    now. And then there are a bunch of stand up comedian
    possibilities — but you wouldn’t like my suggestions I think as a
    couple of them are Republican pals. all best, steve


  9. Dan Kervick says:

    I’m happy these guys are able to have some harmless fun and blow off steam. But I would sure hate to see any of our soldiers performing like a bunch of trained seals for a crowd of overstuffed and sycophantic beltway mini-poohbahs.
    Perhaps the DC “correspondents” could perform something for soldiers instead? Surely there is some genuine talent in that crowd of media hams.


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