...The guy in the picture claims to smoke three packs of Marlboros a day. I find that hard to believe in a combat situation. Smoking at night is a good way to give the enemy a target. In the day time while on the move in a combat situation it is unlikely that commanders are going to stop and tell people to light up. The reality of combat is you get only a few breaks such as after a meal where a smoker can light up. But, I would not be surprised to see him get a few packs of cigarettes given to him as a result of the picture.
But what do I know. I’m so out of touch I saw that picture of the Marlboro Man soldier and did not instantly fire off a letter to the editor protesting this flagrant and unhelpful depiction of – what’s the word? - reality. Some did, of course. (One of many examples I've seen about.)
For God’s sake, if Patton were alive today he’d be slapping civilians. Granted, we’re talking about a select stratum of the population whose undies come pre-bunched, but even by their standards this is ridiculous. You get the sense that this was the last straw for some – it’s bad enough that we have soldiers in Iraq (if we have to have soldiers AT ALL) but to have conspicuously smoking soldiers just rubs their nose in it all....