From the frozen guns of American dogfaces
in the Korean conflict, to the jammed M16s that became a national scandal in the early days of the war in Vietnam, weapons systems failing in combat have been a well-documented horror story.
Indeed, Hemingway thrived on, the hardships, excitement, and dangers as he associated with dogfaces
, company officers, and divisional commanders along the way.
There he created Joe and Willie, the rugged, caricatured "dogfaces
" who presented the tough life of the foot soldier.
Expected luminaries are cartoonist Bill Mauldin ("Willie and Joe," a pair of World War II dogfaces
), actors Burgess Meredith ("The Story of G.I.
They sit there, they kid around, they sing "You've got the right one," but then to do the "uh-huh"s we cameo a lineup of Desert Storm celebrities: General Kelly, General Neal, Pete Williams, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ambassador al-Sabah, Steve Solarz, maybe some ordinary dogfaces
, maybe Arthur Kent, maybe Wolf Blitzer, maybe-oh, what the hell-Peter Arnett, all of them taking a turn going "Uh-huh, Uh-huh." Then this Saddam look-alike comes on and opens his mouth, but we right away cut to a close-up of Powell, who just shakes his head and says, "Uh-"uh." I think it's a grabber.
Parker then profiles the men and units of both sides, contrasting the ruthless Waffen-SS soldiers, engaged in the desperate drive of a losing cause, with the seemingly ordinary dogfaces
of the 285th battalion, mostly draftees.
From the outset, Vietnam and movies assert themselves as the primary touchstones for "Jarhead." You have to look carefully to make sure the opening shot isn't drawn directly from "Full Metal Jacket," what with a barracks-full of dogfaces
being berated by a vein-busting drill instructor who looks like R.
Fuller is showing the war from the dogfaces