October 20, 2011

Soldiers ordered to burn O’Reilly’s book


Photo from an anonymous soldier's Tumblr post

“U.S. forces stationed in a remote area of Afghanistan recently received about 20 copies of Bill O’Reilly‘s book Pinheads and Patriots,” notes a Politico report. “Their orders upon receiving the tomes: Burn them, according to a tumblr account maintained anonymously by a soldier.”

The Tumblr account reads in its entirety:

Some jerk sent us two boxes of this awful book (SPOILER ALERT: George Washington — Patriot; George Soros — Pinhead) instead of anything soldiers at a remote outpost in Afghanistan might need, like, say, food or soap. Just burned the whole lot of them on my Commander’s orders.

Once the post, along with its photos of the burning, went viral the blogger went on to politely clarify:

The motivation behind the order to burn them was not political. As mentioned in the original post, we are in an extraordinarily remote location. We don’t have a post office here, so sending them back wasn’t an option. Extra space is scarce and alternatives that a few mentioned, like recycling, are nonexistent.

Dear Anonymous Blogger:  You don’t have to explain to us….


Valerie Merians is the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House.