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Re: Unidentified Airborne Objects

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:23:29 -0500
Archived: Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:38:13 -0400
Subject: Re: Unidentified Airborne Objects


>From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 14:44:26 -0300
>Subject: Unidentified Airborne Objects

<snip>

>* Lee Childs, a British author of the popular Jack Reacher books
>about a Retired American Military MP remarks in one of his
>books that the Canadian Army is four guys with a dog. I stopped
>reading his books after that. A Brit ought to know better than
>that. 160 troops is less than the number of Canadian soldiers
>killed in Afghanistan so far.

Hi, Don,

I think you missed the joke. You're confusing the author with
his character. _Of course_ Childs knows better about your
country's military. Having followed his Reacher series for a
while (I quit reading it for reasons different from yours,
namely their repellent, over-the-top violence), I believe I can
assert confidently that the wisecrack you mention is consistent
with the character's mordant, cynical sense of humor.

Actually, the world would be better off if all our militaries
(including America's) were significantly reduced. Maybe not to
four guys with a dog - there's a venerable British folk band, by
the way, called Four Men and a Dog, to which Childs's joke is no
doubt an allusion - but rather closer to it than they are now.


Cordially,

Jerry Clark




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