US Military Commissions Comic Book to Target Middle-Eastern Youth

The US military is planning to win the hearts of young people in the Middle East by publishing a new comic.

It says that they want someone who is familiar with law enforcement, small unit military operations, and Arab culture and languages. There might be loads of talented artists in the military who’d be willing to be used as a propaganda tool.

I don’t know if the Army’s squad-based FPS game, America’s Army (the Official Video Game of the US Army), did so well in terms actually recruiting people to join. They made a flashy presentation at E3 2004, but really, people who were thinking of joining the Army certainly wouldn’t do it based upon how cool a computer game is.

One of my friends, who is serving in the US Army, got a free copy of the game, and he says that it’s pretty realistic. As “realistic” as you can get in a computer game, that is. He completely applauded the Army’s foray into video games. Of course, he’s one of them, so really, what else would he say?

Similarly, I don’t think a comic book produced by the military will do much to change the image of America and American culture in the youth of the Middle East. They’re waging an uphill battle. I’d be impressed if the comic managed make any impact at all.

  1 comment for “US Military Commissions Comic Book to Target Middle-Eastern Youth

  1. Marcy
    4 April 2005 at 02:34

    Of course, this comic makes me laugh. Seriously. First of all, coming out and admitting it in a global news network is silly. And second of all… It’s just silly. People will see it for what it is.

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