By: James Powers
With the Unites States focusing more on the Asia-Pacific region Marines are working with local forces to learn customs and culture in case of future conflicts in the area. What type of message is this sending not only to the troops but to the world? Is the media scrutiny worth the gamble. This shows an assumption that the United States will be involved in land wars in the pacific.
Americans must start to take these questions into consideration when they are moving forward into this new global political environment. These pictures can easily be taken out of context and to be fair to the servicemen they are simply doing what they are told to do. It is always good to know more about other cultures however, the political implications of images such as these should not go unquestioned.
Picture Source: RT