Update [2005-7-8 12:40:34 by BooMan]:UPDATE: A friend in the press has checked this out and it appears to be a hoax to the extent that the US Marine Corps has not issued such an order. These kinds of T-shirts do exist and reflect the macabre sense of humor that troops in combat develop. It seems my military buddy had bum information. I apologize for circulating this.
Larry C. Johnson, the former CIA officer and State Department counterterrorism officer, has left his old website and joined No Quarter.
He posted the following letter that was sent to him by some friends in the military.
Subject: Inappropriate T-Shirts
Ref: ComMidEastFor Inst 16134//24 K
1. All commanders promulgate upon receipt
2. The following T-shirts are no longer to be worn on or off base by any military or civilian personnel serving in the Middle East:
“Eat Pork Or Die” [both English and Arabic versions]
“Shrine Busters” [Various. Show burning minarets or bomb/artillery shells impacting Islamic shrines. Some with unit logos.]
Calvin cartoon figure urinating on the Koran.
“Napalm, Sticks Like Crazy” [Both English and Arabic versions]
“Goat- it isn’t just for breakfast any more.” [Both English and Arabic versions]
“The road to Paradise begins with me.” [Mostly Arabic versions but some in English. Some show cross-hairs from sniper scope.]
“Guns don’t kill people. I kill people.” [Both Arabic and English versions]
“Pork. The other white meat.’ [Arabic version]
“Infidel” [English, Arabic and other coalition force languages.]
3. The above T-shirts are to be removed from Post Exchanges upon receipt of this directive.
4. The following signs are to be removed upon receipt of this message:
“For Sale. Iraqi Government Rifles. Never Fired, only dropped once.”
“Islamic Religious Services Will Be Held at the Firing Range At 0800 Daily.”
“Do we really need ‘smart bombs’ to drop on these dumb bastards?”
5. All commands are instructed to implement sensitivity training upon receipt.
1st Battalion, 1st Marines
1st Marine Division (REIN), FMF
FPO San Francisco, California 96602
Update [2005-7-7 13:7:36 by BooMan]: Larry Johnson will be appearing today on Hardball and Donnie Deutsch.