US Army: What If St. Patrick's Day Was About Blowing Stuff Up

St. Patrick’s Day is ostensibly a religious occasion that is also intended to celebrate the accomplishments and culture of the Irish people, though in the US it’s long been bastardized into quasi-synonymity with drunken debauchery.

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The US Army’s official social media team apparently decided that this year’s commemoration of the holiday would be a good time to tweet out this poorly considered video showing personnel firing rockets, detonating bombs, and firing machine guns, with all the dangerous stuff replaced with shamrocks and four-leaf clovers. Also, they put an Irish flag filter over a years-old video of a soldier dancing for some reason.

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“We appreciate how everyone wears a little green like us today,” the Army quipped.

Anyhow, the message is clear: The US military may not understand what this so-called St. Patrick’s Day is, but it knows all you Irish folks are up to something bad and it’s coming for you. Soon even space might not be safe.

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DISCUSSION

Given how most of the US treats St. Patrick’s Day, I fail to see how this is measurably worse, apart from the whole, “Well, if you don’t like the military, here’s a really easy chip to scrape away at.”

Yes, it’s tone-deaf, and yes, it’s emblematic of a fundamental misunderstanding of what St. Pat’s is, what it’s about, and why it means anything—but, hell, so are the drunken dipshits that were tottering down the road at ten o’ clock this morning in my downtown district.