Hold it Against Me in Afghanistan


Atarin18 loaded this YouTube video of fellow Marines stationed in Afghanistan lip-synching to Britney Spears’ “Hold it Against Me.”
The note that went with the video was touching I thought:

Thank you everyone for the support! Sorry i had to take down the? other videos. Please pass this one on to friends and family! For everyones info, the video took us 3 months to make. Its hard to find the free time in our schedule. We also just wanted our families and friends to know we are trying to make the best of our situation! Thank you for all again for the support and please enjoy!

One of these days, perhaps for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner next year, I want to produce one of these vids with policy wonks.
— Steve Clemons


10 comments on “Hold it Against Me in Afghanistan

  1. walk and chew gum says:

    What the hell does some bromide about “supporting the troops” have to do with pointing out the pervasive culture of militarism? This simple minded confusion of slogans for thought is so one dimensional it’s embarrassing.


  2. Heather says:

    I agree with Will. This video, as it says above, was meant to give these Marines a bit of fun and diversion. I disagree with all who complain about supporting the troops. Please remember that those in uniform are obligated by their oath to support and defend as well as to obey the orders of those appointed over them. Do not put our men and women in uniform on blast–they are not the decision makers of what goes on in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Libya.


  3. JohnH says:

    Will, you have to be kidding! This video is all about making military service sexy. Not just a few good men, but a few good, sexy men.


  4. Will says:

    It’s pretty obvious to me at least that this video has nothing to do
    with glamorizing the military. It’s a video made independently as a
    fun project. I don’t see sinister plots in that.
    Steve, I rarely read the comments but I see why you would want to
    close them down. it seems strange that this blog would attract this
    kind of crazy.


  5. erichwwk says:

    Kudos Don S. !!
    I also find nothing redeeming about this video.
    Steve C. You are SO RIGHT and productive on so many issues, seeing through the economic facade and BS bantered about by so many others representing wealth appropriation (Voltaire: “In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.’)
    Why this frivolity about the Nazification of our military and its use to benefit greed and selfishness rather than to contribute to a just world?
    Pete Seeger:
    “Don’t ask if a song is good.
    Ask WHAT it is good FOR.”
    Some might also remember the Fugs- “Kill for Peace” which to me is a MUCH better use of song.
    “As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities


  6. sanitychecker says:

    They can’t win in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Libya, so they might as well make home videos.


  7. avrds says:

    A creeping militarism indeed.
    I am all for supporting the young men and women who volunteer to serve our country but it does seem that the nation has bought into this whole “support our troops” trope pushed by the Bush administration, in their attempt to head off opposition to the occupation of the Middle East.
    A military professional that I know came back to the US from Germany during the height of the Iraq war and was dismayed by the little yellow ribbon “support our troops” magnets on everyone’s cars. Why not “support sane energy policy” or “support alternative energy” was his response.
    This is not meant as a critique of Steve Clemons, who I think does a great job here. But we’ve really been sold a bill of goods in this country — a disturbingly militaristic one.


  8. bks says:

    Get out of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Cut the Defense budget by 80%. Are we not men?


  9. JohnH says:

    This is a very disturbing video, part of a broad effort to promote and celebrate the warrior culture.
    And it will probably be very effective with young impressionable minds, helping military recruitment.


  10. DonS says:

    This is all very cute and, no doubt, we each consider ourselves legitimate, good citizens (those of us who are American). But it get’s a bit cloying, not to say misdirected, to glamorize the military. “Thank you for your service” has become as ubiquitous as the meaningless little flag pins.
    The power possessors, politicos, and hangers on manipulate the notion of “respect” (and perks, as well as “it is the patriotic duty of the people of the United States to support the members of the Armed Forces who are defending the Nation


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