The Swiss army, created in honor of the extremely popular multi-functional knife of the same name, ran into some trouble yesterday when a group of soldiers inadvertently invaded the bite-sized neighboring nation of Liechtenstein:
…[T]he 170 infantry soldiers wandered just over a mile across an unmarked border into the tiny principality early Thursday before realizing their mistake and turning back. A spokesman for the Swiss army … said that there were unlikely to be any serious repercussions for the mistaken invasion. “We’ve spoken to the authorities in Liechtenstein and it’s not a problem,” Daniel Reist told The AP.
A resident of the adorable little mini-nation told reporters, “We barely had time to look up from our Blätterteigpastetchen mit Pilzragout and notice the soldiers, and then they were gone. They are welcome to come back, and please bring some watches and chocolate next time. I must speak to the president about that.” After another Liechtensteinian whispered into the man’s ear, he continued, “I have just been informed that I am the president. I thought it was Johann’s turn. No? OK, I guess it’s me.”
In a related story, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates laughingly announced today that the United States had experienced a similar situation when it apparently accidentally invaded Iraq almost four years ago. “It’s the damndest thing,” Gates chuckled. “I guess our boys just got lost a little too close to the border. These things happen.” Gates said the red-faced gang of 154,369 Coalition forces will withdraw immediately, but added, “we’ve spoken to the authorities in Iraq and it’s not a problem.”