Pentagon translation conundrum

A friend email me the hilarious picture below, apparently taken from a manual for a translation device to be used by the Pentagon:


This raises two immediate questions:

1. Are the preparations to invade Iran really that advanced?

2. Why will American soldiers speak Farsi to Indian women?

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,