Sometimes, even the most well-meaning of tweets can come back to haunt you as a meme.
The 1st Armored Division out at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas tweeted a photo on Wednesday, which was almost certainly meant to stir pride — given the quote, "Commitment is an act, not a word," complete with a "#WednsedayWisdom."
But when that photo includes a tank and that tank has the name "Dropped As A Baby" painted on its gun, the Internet, quite frankly, doesn't give a damn what the tweet's intention was.
How far we've come from naming tanks "Big Punisher" or "Back With a Vengeance" as Stars and Stripes reported in 2003. And as Staff Sgt. Robert Pisciotta told Stars and Stripes all those years ago, "It's not something you slap up there; you've got to put some thought and creativity into it."
Former Canadian Army Reserve Master Cpl. Patrik Mathews, 26, was first identified as a member of The Base by Winnipeg Free Press reporter Ryan Thorpe.
Days after Thorpe's report was published, Mathews went missing and was discharged from the military for his alleged ties to the group. His car was found about 10 miles from the U.S. border soon thereafter, and police found a cache of weapons when they raided his home.
Vice reporters Ben Makuch, Mack Lamoureux, and Zachary Kamel, citing confidential sources, reported on Thursday that Mathews had been illegally smuggled across the border and is being hidden by members of The Base, which has operated in encrypted chatrooms as a largely online organization.
Pentagon spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said there are no plans to send that many troops to the region "at this time."
Farah's statement does not rule out the possibility that the Defense Department could initially announce a smaller deployment to the region and subsequently announce that more troops are headed downrange.