O’Brien had a few choice words for the alcohol restriction policy in particular. Essentially, he suggested it should be inverted – from a 3-drink maximum in 18 hours to an 18-drink minimum in 3 hours. This is no-doubt the fear that wakes the base’s senior leaders every night in a cold sweat, from which they leap to their helicopters to continue a year-long parenting exercise that masquerades as deployed command.
O’Brien’s attitude is unsurprising coming from someone accustomed to working with crowds who’ve often had a minimum of 3 drinks before a show. Then again, it’s a pretty normal attitude for most freedom-cherishing American adults, possessed as they are with notions of self-determination and individual responsibility.
Conan’s remarks were popular. He distilled the insanely Stalinist nature of one of Al Udeid’s most controversial self-imposed limits, and exposed the sometimes forgotten fact that seeing stupidity in Al Udeid’s policies isn’t disobedient or unprofessional … it’s just plain American.
Watch for yourself, and enjoy.
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