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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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Saturday, March 05, 2005


It Takes Character to Withstand the Rigors of Endurance, or, the American Draft Pool is Disturbingly Weak Posted by Hello
Good day to you all. My concerns today are focused on the lack of manpower "in-go" in terms of the Armed Forces of the United States, an armed forces that is (unfortunately) not lacking when it comes to a lot of manpower "out-go" vis a vis not many going into the military, and (sadly) the KIA's and WIA's in the areas of operation that are underfoot even as we speak, etc. I'm going to try to make this post as clear cut as I can. These are troubling times for the U.S. Armed Forces (and, indeed, the country as a whole) due to the hyper-extension of American forces to far-flung theaters around the globe in the prosecution of the Global War on Terrorism. "Global" is the key word, you see. In other words, this is a huge endeavour of massive logistical and personnel proportions. The strain on the military is enormous. I really feel sorry for the warriors that the gentleman in the photo above represents...the Marine drill instructors and Army drill sergeants (et al.) that are charged with the already incredibly difficult responsibilty of turning undiscipined globs of human slobbery into hard-edged, hard-razored warriors of the first class ready to protect and defend the Constitution and soverignty of the United States. Did you notice that I didn't mention anything about being utilized in "wars of pre-emption"? But, alas, that is a subject for another time. Like the saying goes, "...an artist is only as good as his material...", and the material that these drill instructors are getting ain't much to work with, both physically and in terms of character. Before I press on, allow me to first define what it is meant by the term "young people". The term "young people", as far as my understanding of the definition is concerned, means all those Americans (males generally, but if it gets as bad as I think it will, it can easily apply to females as well) between the ages of 18 and 35 years of age. In fact, "Stars and Stripes" (the American warriors newspaper of record since 1918) is reporting that for the second time in a row, the Marine Corps has failed to reach its recruiting goals, http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=27556. This is extermely disturbing, in that the Corps has always served as a kind of barometer in terms of how popular the military, or a protracted military operation, is at a particular time. In other words, if those fanatical-type of young people the Marine Corps has ALWAYS attracted...you know, those that are the backbone of the "warrior-class" or "warriordom"; those young people that are definitely NOT in it for the money; but are in it for something more intangible, something more magnanimous...like the ability to stand before the world and declare oneself a Marine, knowing that ALL know what that means; succinctly, I am talking about the EXTREMELY motivated...the ones whose military locus of control is BIG TIME internal, as in uber self-motivated...fanatical. You see, if THOSE type of young people who are (by nature) attracted to the Marine Corps, if these same young folk are kind of second guessing their enlistment into the Corps...than trust me, things are REALLY bad! The Army isn't in any better shape quite frankly, with their numbers coming up slack as well, as the "New York Times" article reports in the following link http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/04/politics/04recruit.html. You see, the Bush administration has bitten off more than it could possibly chew by having this country engaged militarily around the globe in a way unseen since the days of the Vietnam War. But, unlike the Vietnam War, the pool of recruits that today's armed forces must get their conscripts from is dangerously NOT PHYSICALLY FIT. This pool is unsatisfactory, VERY UNSATISFACTORY. They are simply out-of-shape. Seriously, our American young people are not up to par when it comes to military service (don't take my word for it, read Alison Stein Wellner's 2003 article for more on the subject at http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0GDE/is_6_23/ai). Furthermore, many of the young people of this country are unable to run, jump or lift anything of any consequence for any pertinent amount of time (http://www.femalemuscle.com/wilkins/seds.html). Folks, if I see this and if I'm understanding the gravity of this crisis with the American draft pool, than you know our enemies around the world are well aware of this and smiling with glee. They know our pool of recruits is lacking and not fit for duty. With the "going" continuing to get tougher for recruiters (http://www.theunionleader.com/articles_showa.html?article=51303), the Bush administration will have no choice but to draft in order to fill the critical manpower gaps that are always a consequence of war and the continued prosecution of war (and perhaps "womanpower" gaps too if it becomes necessary to draft young women as well); read Rodney Voger's brilliant 1 March 2005 article titled "Inbox: Students should prepare for imminent military draft" at the following link http://www.dailyemerald.com/vnews/display.v/SEC/Commentary. In other words, at this rate, a military draft is simply inevitable, http://freeinternetpress.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=3030. With the young folks of this country immersed in an apathy unprecedented in American history, plus not having the physical fitness capabilities that would allow them to do one pull-up let alone engage in the physical strenuousness that is combat, I can just feel the frustrtaiton that must be permeating from the very core of most (if not all) drill instructors/drill sergeants around the country. God bless them, because we have certainly given them a mission that will require from them a performance above and beyond the call of duty. The country will be looking to them to turn soft young Americans into the warrior razors that are needed to fill the inevitable "gaps in the ranks" created by Bush II's war against the world. What we're asking of our drill instructors, I dare say, is a "Medal of Honor"-esque endeavour of effort. What a mission! Semper Fidelis

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