Korengal

I just finished watching the Restrepo, a documentary of the fighting in Afghanistan’s Korengal valley.  I really enjoyed it.  It was very well done, and had a very personal feeling to it because of the way it was filmed.

I have a question though, was medal of honor recipient Sal Giunta not on camera at all? I keep looking for him but I swear I couldn’t see him, nor was he one of the guys interviewed during the course of the film.  I found this especially surprising considering he was used extensively in all of the promotional videos.  From a marketing standpoint, using a guy that was awarded the medal of honor for his actions in the Korengal valley is a good choice considering all of the press such a prestigious award receives. That said, it’s kind of odd to market the film as ‘The Sal Giunta Story’ and not give him any camera time.

If I am totally out of my mind and Giunta is actually in the film please let me know in the comments… I just skipped through it again though and couldn’t find him.  Sgt. Aron Hijar does bear a resemblance to him though.

If you haven’t seen Restrepo, you can watch it online for a few bucks or buy it – HERE

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In my previous post about the U.S. abandoning their position in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan, frequent commenter Aleksandr Mravinsky pointed out that the video showed one of the Taliban bozos at 3min 10sec with a Gatorade (pictured above).

So naturally I fired up photoshop…

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[youtube width=”560″ height=”340″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsyNvgDvvQw[/youtube]

  • Boxes of ammunition, mortars, rockets, missiles?
  • Tons of fuel left in the tanks?

How hard would it have been to put everything on a pile and blow it up?  I don’t buy it… My guess is the Taliban is just making that up to appear stronger.

I do think its odd that the U.S. never bothered to blow up all the buildings on the base though. Why bother leaving anything for the enemy besides a pile of rubble?

Hat Tip: Solomon

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