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Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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U.S. Marine,0300 MOS,eight years in,honorably discharged,college-educated. To all the damned trolls, you better believe there are liberal Marines. Read "War Is A Racket" by 2-time Medal of Honor recipient Maj.Gen.S.D.Butler, plus Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s "Fortunate Son" and maybe then you'll understand. Semper Fi!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Don't Ever Forget the Troops: Money, Power and War American-Style Posted by Hello
Morning to all. Just like the Roman orator and patriot Marcus Porcius Cato (Cato the Elder) used to proclaim before/after every speech he made that 'Carthage must be destroyed', I too must declare the following: the American military is being stretched beyond capacity. We are playing a dangerous game of "not enough troops, too many potential hotspots". Don't take my word for it, do your own checking (here are a few sources to get you started: http://www.comw.org/pda/101904meet.html;
http://www.cato.org/dispatch/09-24-04d.html; http://www.sftt.org/dw04032002.html). Now, on with the topic of today's post: year two of the war in Mesopotamia, or, Iraq. The second anniversary of our nations invasion of Iraq (a/k/a "Operation Iraqi Freedom") was marked on March 19, 2005 (http://www.wfmynews2.com/news/local_state/local_article.aspx?storyid=37986). The anniversary just kind of came and went without much fanfare or recognition. Just so everyone knows, here are the casualty figures so far: to date (roughly March 21, 2005), U.S. forces have lost approximately 1,524 killed in action and upwards of 11,220 wounded in action (http://icasualties.org/oif/). And the numbers continue to rise, unabated, day after day (http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/2005/jan2005.html). Allow me to address the word "wounded", a war term that is used as a casualty identifier. "Wounded" doesn't really give justice to what that terminology really signifies and it's certainly NOT an accurate description of what the word really means. "Maimed" would be a better word describer. I think it would be safe to say that this country hasn't seen this many maimed and amputated veterans coming home since the days of the Civil War. Let me be clear, because I'm a Marine (from now until the end...and perhaps even after) these people are my brothers and sisters. But, in truth, ALL of them are OUR brothers and sisters and they will be looking to us for understanding and some semblance of support as they return to a civilian capacity. You'll see them at a distance and you'll see them up close, they'll be enrolling at your local community colleges, studying at your university campuses; you'll see them at the store and just about everywhere else human beings interact with one another. You'll say to yourself something along these lines: "wow he/she looks a little young to be limping around" or you'll see all these young people that are handicapped, in wheelchairs, bravely steering through life with one or more prosthesis' and you'll wonder aloud (or to yourself) "...what happened to him/her...". But, then it will hit you and you'll remember "Iraq" and/or "Afghanistan". Oh yes, make no mistake, Afghanistan (also known as "Operation Enduring Freedom") is not over...not by a long shot. Let's not forget that Afghanistan is still very much "in-play" in terms of the current military operational tempo and that American military personnel are still engaged in that area of operations every single day. Moreover, we can not afford to forget the good men and women who come home with traumatic psychic wounds that are invisible to the naked eye, but are just as devastating and handicapping. No, don't forget these good people, never forget them...and don't look the other way if they are headed in your direction. A country (and a people for that matter) WILL ALWAYS be judged by how they treat the least of these and, even moreso, on how they treat their returning war veterans and NOT on how many magnetic "Support the Troops" stickers they have on their SUV's. Semper Fidelis


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