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    The KingsofWar blog has a great article up called The Frayed Ends of Sanity.

    I remember during the invasion of Panama US troops blasted metal at the Vatican embassy to annoy Noriega's hosts. Apparently its a very common practice in Afghanistan since the Taliban really hate it:

    Heavy Metal, it is well known, has long been used as a psychological weapon. The Taliban, it is also well known, have outlawed music when they held power in the late 1990s. Logically, that makes the Mullahs even more vulnerable to dry guitar riffs and fast drums. Now U.S. special forces are escalating, probably inspired by Luftwaffe tactics.

    During the Marjah offensive a few weeks ago, U.S. Special Forces apparently used The Offspring, Metallica and Thin Lizzy to “piss off the Taliban,” according to one officer.
    The article goes on to point out that US troops are taking this tactic to what I consider to be an absurd level. Some troopers in the 82nd Airborne have made a spoof video of a Lady Gaga song. The article states:

    In recent days the 82nd Airborne has taken the tactic to its next step: a YouTube-enhanced spoof of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone.” The clip has been making the rounds and is approaching 4m views on YouTube. Presumably with many flabbergasted Taliban and al-Qaeda viewers among the stunned audience.
    Here's the Youtube clip:



    The article, linked above, also contains a link to a spoof the Luftwaffe did a few years back. Please guys: Stick to metal!
    Last edited by The Ibis; 10 May 10, 22:16.

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    The story I heard behind this is that the wife of soldier who put this together is a Lady Gaga fan. So it one of those spoof romantic things.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by The Ibis View Post
      The KingsofWar blog has a great article up called The Frayed Ends of Sanity.

      I remember during the invasion of Panama US troops blasted metal at the Vatican embassy to annoy Noriega's hosts. Apparently its a very common practice in Afghanistan since the Taliban really hate it:



      The article goes on to point out that US troops are taking this tactic to what I consider to be an absurd level. Some troopers in the 82nd Airborne have made a spoof video of a Lady Gaga song. The article states:



      Here's the Youtube clip:



      The article, linked above, also contains a link to a spoof the Luftwaffe did a few years back. Please guys: Stick to metal!
      lady gaga is a very potent weapon. first she causes my ears to bleed then i find myself running away from the source of the sound as fast as i can and i just can't help it.
      the answer is on the floor- john roseberry

      A tiger dies and leaves his fur,
      A man dies and leaves his name,
      A teacher dies and teaches death.
      Seikchi Toguchi 1917-1998

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      • #4
        I heard from a pilot in Vietnam that they tried rock, but it wasn't as effective there. What worked wonders was Country. It was so depressing and irritating, that the VC would fire at the plane (which was equipped with a loudspeaker system) to make it stop, and the FO in the plane would dutifully call in arty and air strikes on the tracers.

        Of course he had a friend on a carrier who made a recording of an F-4 taking off under full power, and he got in trouble with the ops officer for playing that one during takeoff one day when the base commander was in the tower. Made him spill his coffee.
        Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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        • #5
          I wonder how the terrorists would like endless elevator Muzak?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
            What worked wonders was Country. It was so depressing and irritating, that the VC would fire at the plane...
            I'd shoot at it too.
            Unless it was Johnny Cash, or Eddy Arnold.
            "Advances in technology tend to overwhelm me."

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            • #7
              I was at an exercise once where they started playing audio from a porn flick over the freq. Pretty good jamming if you ask me.
              TTFN

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              • #8
                Originally posted by craven View Post
                The story I heard behind this is that the wife of soldier who put this together is a Lady Gaga fan. So it one of those spoof romantic things.
                This kind of thing is fairly common, I know of at least two videos done in a similar vein by UK soldiers, there are loads out there but most of them aren't much good.

                I have my suspiscions about the music thing, there is certainly something to be said for the psychological affect on friendly troops and the demoralising affect on the enemy. I wouldn't be surprised though if use of music by the military was a bit more complicated than just that, a la men who stare at goats.
                "Little pigs, little pigs, I've come to nick your tele!"

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                • #9
                  In one part of Ross Kemp Return to Afghanistan he is with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in a compound surrounded by Taliban so they decided to blast the bagpipes.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by The Ibis View Post
                    The KingsofWar blog has a great article up called The Frayed Ends of Sanity.

                    I remember during the invasion of Panama US troops blasted metal at the Vatican embassy to annoy Noriega's hosts. Apparently its a very common practice in Afghanistan since the Taliban really hate it:



                    The article goes on to point out that US troops are taking this tactic to what I consider to be an absurd level. Some troopers in the 82nd Airborne have made a spoof video of a Lady Gaga song. The article states:



                    Here's the Youtube clip:



                    The article, linked above, also contains a link to a spoof the Luftwaffe did a few years back. Please guys: Stick to metal!
                    They're just having some fun. They're probably really bored when they're not doing any patrols or soemthing of the sort. Probably helps with stress levels nad thinking about getting shot at when you're too busy makin' something like this.
                    I am a simple man. I am by no means smarter than the average man. I am average...yet genius.

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                    • #11
                      Mackie, you don't need Taliban around for the jocks to start cat strangling. They crack the thing out at the drop of a hat. Don't get me wrong I like bagpipes but there is a time and a place and it isn't first thing each day or outside my tent!
                      "Little pigs, little pigs, I've come to nick your tele!"

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                      • #12
                        My choice...

                        One of those awful, awful, sugary things from the late 60's early 70's.

                        Two horrible ones that come to mind (though I'm loath to even mention them in case their inane lyrics get inadvertently "stuck" in my head. The horror, the horror

                        Honey by Bobby Goldsboro and Sugar, Sugar by The Archies. The latter , in one of those collosal mistakes of the univers; was ranked as the No. 1 song of 1970

                        Playing either of those nonstop would certainly induce me to surrender; damn the consequences. I'd say they give them a try. At least as long as serious hearing protection is available to our guys!
                        Save America!! Impeach Obama!!

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                        • #13
                          how about we appeal to their good sides with something nice? something like some good ol' crosby or sinatra? who can fight when sinatra is croonin' them love songs?
                          the answer is on the floor- john roseberry

                          A tiger dies and leaves his fur,
                          A man dies and leaves his name,
                          A teacher dies and teaches death.
                          Seikchi Toguchi 1917-1998

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                          • #14
                            The Offspring are metal??

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Golani View Post
                              The Offspring are metal??
                              I had the same reaction. The Offspring are metal? Certainly not. In fact, Thin Lizzy are better described as "hard rock" than metal. The fact that Axel Rose used to wear Thin Lizzy shirts on stage doesn't change that fact for me.

                              But still, how harsh can we really be? Jethro Tull won the first ever Grammy in the heavy metal category for crying out loud.

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