“Answer my questions, or the puppy gets it.”

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 4, 2008

Category: It's War! It's Legal! It's Lovely!, Teh Interwebs, Video

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While we’re waiting for Tom… here’s a US marine throwing a puppy off a cliff (maybe):

News.com.au – Military investigates puppy-throwing video: The US military is investigating a YouTube video that apparently shows a Marine throwing a puppy off a cliff. Major Chris Perrine from the Marine Corps Base Hawaii said the man appears to be based with a unit in the islands. The video has caused an internet backlash after footage of the incident was uploaded onto YouTube – even though it could be fake.

It looks fake to me. Judge for yourself.

Typically, the Sun is outraged (Rebekah Wade has a thing for puppies… and horses).

UPDATE (9pm) – The Times – Puppy-toss video makes Marine figure of hate: A US Marine has become the target of a massive internet hate campaign after a mobile phone video appearing to show him throwing a puppy off a cliff in Iraq became a viral hit… A number of US websites named the perpetrator as David Motari, a 22-year-old from Washington state who has recently returned from Iraq and is based in Hawaii. Mr Motari’s profile on the social networking site Bebo was closed down yesterday. Some sites posted his personal details, phone numbers and even a picture of his car, while other bloggers called for him to be ostracised.

Valleywag expands on the theme.


I’m as appalled as Justin is… but not quite as shocked. The death of an innocent* puppy doesn’t involve any tricky politics, so it’s an easy win.

[*”Tonight on FOX News: the truth about puppies and why they hate America!”]

UPDATE (11:30pm) – I couldn’t sleep, so I made you a picture. Inspired by Justin and posted to B3ta. Enjoy:


UPDATE (11:45pm) – For me the audio is the most suspicious element, and there’s a lot of speculation about the dead/alive status of the dog before it was thrown; that reminds me of this.

And on that note, I retire to bed. Pleasant dreams.

UPDATE (05 Mar): Doggy go ‘boom’ | Doggies go ‘boom’ | Kitty go ‘boom’… just while you’re in the mood. Oh, and for the sake of balance, here is a report of Al-Qaeda killing doggies and here is a report of an abused Iraqi doggy saved by a U.S. Marine.

Also, the comments under the Sun article are worth a browse, not least because of the many, many anti-American sentiments expressed over this.

Tch. Looks like playing to xenophobia wins over pro-Bush/anti-peacenik propaganda every time… at least when puppies are involved. Other highlights include:

“perhaps, just perhaps, that the dog would of died anyway? In the heat, no food, no water, and the marines are not there to puppysit!” – CactusJoe

This just in: the RSPCA is opening a new rescue centre at Beachy Head.

“You know what – What goes around, comes around. They will get their day, and I hope someone posts it on youtube for us all to see!” – xKellyx

Hmmm. Live mob justice on YouTube. An intriguing idea. All we’ll need then is free bread via Teh Interwebs and we’ll be set.

“Did that poor puppy live? If so that marine should pay the vet bill’s and go and throw himself of a cliff before some one else does!” – sweetkaz

Yeah! Right on! *And* he should pay the doctor’s bills if he survives the fall. That’ll learn him.

“Sick!! It would’ve been OK if it was a Iraqi terrorist they were throwing about, but a poor puppy! Sick!” – UltraNationalist

Hm. There’s all sorts of things wrong with that, but – just for starters – the majority of terrorists in Iraq are not from Iraq. JHL has more on the terrorist/puppy angle here.

“Just remember what DOG spells backwards you stupid American Idiots. You will be thrown over the edge in to hell for that.” – flynn04


OK, so some of these may be trolls… but it’s very hard to tell in some neighbourhoods.

UPDATE – OK, so now can we get on with the impeaching? (Image posted to B3ta):

U.S. Marines watching George W. Bush throwing a puppy in Iraq - THIS REALLY HAPPENED, PEOPLE!


  1. Justin says

    Aw, de poor widdle puppy. I wonder if they water-boarded it first.

  2. Manic says

    That is quite possibly the best comment ever made on this site, Justin.(Tch. The sweet little puppy must be stimulating my maudlin ducts.)The best option I had until you came along was someone else's comment on b3ta…-"uh-oh. you can rape and kill all the iraqis you like, but don't for fucks sake throw a puppy over a cliff"http://www.b3ta.com/links/164789

  3. scotch says

    Link doesn't work anymore, youtube are pussies. Honestly, where can one go to find one's daily puppy torture fix?

  4. Manic says

    A: The Sun (who are hosting their own copy by the looks of things):http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article…:o)

  5. jailhouselawyer says

    I think it is fake for two reasons. Firstly, it appears to be a set up. Secondly, during the time we last see the puppy and the soldier appearing to throw it; my reflexes are very fast and yet I am unable to move my finger on the pause quicker than he can throw over arm. Therefore, I suspect an edited version of events. The flow is not natural.

  6. Justin says

    The Google hits for this story are insane after only 24 hours. If I were the Pentagon, I'd call the puppy Abu Ghraib and get it pumped up the rankings. Instant cover up.

  7. Justin says

    Good to see humanity at its finest in the Digg comments:http://digg.com/people/US_Soldier_throws_puppy_of…'Wow. I hope he got shot in the face later that day.'

  8. Manic says

    I do look forward to watching the mob rip him apart. But it's only because they care, you understand.This kind of thing makes me angry enough to kick the ca*…Erm, perhaps a cup of tea and a nice lie down instead. Time for sleepy bo-bos!

  9. Prose Before Hos says

    Winning Hearts and Minds

    See Also: Backlash in Iraq, US Marines scandalized by animal cruelty video, “Answer my questions, or the puppy gets it.”, Smiling US Marine throws puppy off Iraq hill, Iraq troop drawdown faces opposition, and Real Torture, Close Up….

  10. Crink says

    That’s probably an Al Qaeda puppy; how dare you question their right to engage the forces of terrorism in legitimate self-defence?

  11. jailhouselawyer says

    Crink: I have already blogged "The War Against Terror intensifies as US Marine dispatches a suspected terrorist" and questioned "Is this puppy subjected to a flight of extraordinary-rendition and tortured?".Tim: You have now posted photographic evidence which appears to answer my question. I have already given you a Hat-Tip and link to your post. I will rescue the dog pictured and unusually give a second Hat-Tip.

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