10/19/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Mika Brzezinski Struggles To Get Morning Joe Colleagues To Take Kabul Contractor Scandal Seriously

Did you hear about that time a bunch of private security contractors went to Afghanistan to guard State Department facilities in Kabul, and turned it into a non-stop orgy of drunken insanity? Good times, people! And they were all documented in a letter that the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, which describes "a pattern of blatant, longstanding violations of the security contract, and of a pervasive breakdown in the chain of command and guard force discipline and morale" and a "climate of fear and coercion" because not every guard particularly wants to participate in what passes, among private security contractors in Kabul, as longstanding leisure activities:

Numerous emails, photographs, and videos portray a Lord of the Flies environment. One email from a current guard describes scenes in which guards and supervisors are "peeing on people, eating potato chips out of [buttock] cracks, vodka shots out of [buttock] cracks (there is video of that one), broken doors after drnken [sic] brawls, threats and intimidation from those leaders participating in this activity...." (Attachment 2) Photograph after photograph shows guards--including supervisors--at parties in various stages of nudity, sometimes fondling each other. These parties take place just a few yards from the housing of other supervisors.

Over at Gawker, John Cook asked for and received from POGO the aforementioned pictures, and they are doozies! And so it fell to MSNBC's Morning Joe Caramel Macchiato Players to take up this news story this morning. Sadly, not all of them took it very seriously. By which I mean, only Mika Brzezinski took it seriously. The rest of the gang thought it was a "stretch" to suggest that anything untoward was going on, and that criticizing the guards was tantamount to Puritanism. At one point, someone remarks that the photos were akin to photos of Willie Geist, in Las Vegas. So, note to self: never travel to Las Vegas with Willie Geist unless I've got the yen to eat Pringles out of his behind!


I really could go on and on about the deep, deep grave Joe Scarborough digs for himself, against the rather good advice from Brzezinski that he should take the story seriously. It's like watching one of Ricky Gervais' characters come to life. But my favorite part is when Joe Scarborough asks, "Who is the fully blurred guy? What is he doing?" The answer is: He's a private contractor, tasked with guarding State Department facilities, standing naked and drunk, in Afghanistan.

Anyway, I recommend you all post this on Twitter, so that mocking this becomes a trending topic, because that is what is called for here. Air America's Ana Marie Cox suggests the hashtag #springbreakinkabul. Have at it, people.

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