*WARNING: This post contains video images some viewers may find disturbing*
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim "Mad Dog" Mattis was on a three-day visit to Indonesia, building partnerships and alliances in the region, when he got a little bit more than he bargained for. In a special performance (set to music), Indonesian commandos ripped live king cobras apart with their teeth before drinking the snakes' blood.
The snake-display was part of a larger presentation on some of the Indonesian army's extreme skill-set.
Video footage shows the snake-biting ceremony, as well as soldiers breaking bricks on each others bodies or with their heads.
The video footage is, at best, a little odd and, at worst, pretty disturbing.
The soldiers also leapt over flaming bricks!
Apparently, the entire demonstration may have been a bit counterproductive.
This seems incredibly dumb. Indonesia's Kopassus special forces soldiers are trying to shed a reputation for cruelty so they'll be allowed into US for training. So they show of their ability to kill snakes and drink their blood. If Jim Mattis wasn't worried about them before... https://t.co/dsXtacakvs— Adam Harvey (@adharves) January 24, 2018
Secretary Mattis probably felt pretty strange while watching the ceremony...
One thing's for sure: if Indonesia ever goes to war with the snakes, they'll be well-prepared.