Don’t suppose we should expect Slate to know anything this basic, but when it said:
Manhunt Is Underway for Captured U.S. Soldier in AfghanistanWestern forces have launched a massive search for two U.S. Navy personnel who went missing Friday….
… it really meant, “U.S. sailor.”
Yeah, OK, technically, the SEALs are kinda like soldiers — supersoldiers, but soldiers. And nowadays even sailors and airmen are being trained in basic infantry tactics so they can do convoy guard duty because of the lack of regular dogfaces in our all-volunteer Army. And obviously, these guys were not on the water at the time of the incident.
But still, there is a difference. It’s pretty bad when a marine is called a soldier, but a sailor? Come on. That’s a distinction that’s existed forever.
Next thing you know, Slate will call its rifle a gun…