If it were a savage kick, it would destroy the humor that underscores the irony of a modern military using a donkey. The distant bucket brigade reinforces the idea.
US soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, cajole an Afghan donkey to carry supplies to their mountaintop post in south Afghanistan,Thursday, June 22, 2006. U.S. troops had to carry food and water, dropped by plane from the valley floor to the ridge top as part of operations in support of Operation Mountain Thrust. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)