For some time now, Bill O’Reilly has been doing this thing — his “Books for the Troops” program — where if you buy a copy of his book Pinheads and Patriots he then in turn will send a copy of the book to U.S. troops overseas. Apparently this hasn’t been too well-received by some of our troops currently hunkered down in war zones, as documented by one soldier on his Tumblr earlier this week.
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.
After a few O’Reilly fetishists got their panties in a wad about the book burning, the anonymous soldier elaborated further…
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…I’m aware of the historical implications of book-burning. I won’t say I didn’t take pleasure in removing a few copies of this bigoted twerp’s writings from circulation, but the reason for doing so was military necessity.
Predictably, Stephen Colbert had a little fun with this last night, and it was hilarious. Enjoy.