I caught a few moments of The Alamo today, watched Billy Bob shoot the epaulette off Santa Ana’s shoulder, missed his fiddle response to Degüello.
El Degüello, as all Texans and everybody else with an appreciation of the military heritage of North America should know, was a musical psychological operation, the auditory equivalent of spitting on the hands and raising the black flag before slitting throats. The Mexicans raised a red flag instead of a black one.
“Like the Texans at the Alamo, Task Force Deguello has come to Afghanistan to do the hardest jobs and offer their blood, sweat and tears to the 101st Airborne and the 82nd Airborne Division,”
Task Force Deguello is named for the taunting music the Mexican army played at the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, the most famous battle of the Texas Revolution. The song Deguello was played during the 13 day siege of the Alamo to let the defenders of Texas freedom know there would be no mercy, no quarter for those who did not surrender.
Pashtuns understand cut throat. They sell bootleg The Alamo DVD’s in bazaars where the Taliban aren’t, so some have seen the movie and heard the sound track. Somehow, my perception is being managed to perceive that this Task Force was not named to influence the Host Nation target audience.
Waiting for Task Force Forlorn Hope, Task Force Kamikaze, and Task Force Fourth Tour — Same Old Shit to show up.