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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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Thursday, May 12, 2005

It's the Lack of American Leadership a/k/a The Shame of It All: Marine Corps Leadership Callously Allows Delivery of Worst Possible News to Parents of Slain Marine on Mother's Day Posted by Hello

Good morning to all. Folks, I'm hot this morning...stark, raving angry! First let me say this: I love the Marine Corps ...I love it down to the very epicenter of my being. I always wanted to be a Marine and was absolutely ecstatic when I became a Marine at MCRD San Diego in the summer of 1996. Everybody who knows me will testify my love for the Corps is true and strong. But you know what...loving something/someone doesn't always mean playing cheerleader all the time. Sometimes loving something/someone means telling it like it is, looking the loved one/thing straight in the eye and letting loose...warts and all and come what may. In fact, I'm so upset about this I can't see straight. What am I enraged about? In short, finding out the Marine Corps delivered the tragic news of the death of a Marine to his loved one's on Mother's Day, Sunday/8 May 2005 (incident took place in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05131/502414.stm). There's no other way to describe this as other than insensitive, callous and wrong. The Marine Corps was simply wrong to deliver the news of the death of a fellow Marine to his parents (especially his mother) last Sunday on Mother's Day. See this is the kind of crap that really tears my drawers. When I first heard the scuttlebutt (that the Corps actually sent out casualty officers on Mother's Day, of all days)...I didn't believe it...I couldn't believe it...impossible...not my beloved Corps. But, after more facts came to light, the harsh reality set in. Folks, this is some bullshit!!! This is simply outrageous and wholly unbecoming of an organization as auspicious and honorable as the United States Marine Corps. There aren't enough adjectives in the English language to describe how I'm feeling about this...the disappointment, the shame, the anger. Yes, I know mission accomplishment supersedes troop welfare (http://www.oo-rah.com/store/editorial/edi43.asp)...the Corps is forever talking about mission accomplishment overriding troop welfare; but folks, this is taking that principle too far...I mean this is beyond ridiculous. How indifferent to pain and insenstive to basic human emotion can you get? Was it really necessary to come out on Mother's Day and drop a bomb like that? Come on guys! Newsflash ladies and gents, this ain't how you win the PR battle with America's parents nor is it how you win the friends and influence the people you want to join our beloved Corps. The Marine Corps (like the Army) is already hurting in not reaching its recruiting goals (in other words, it's not pulling in as many bright, shiny and eager faces as it wants and/or needs, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7802712/) and this gesture of shocking indifference certainly will not help. Who (in their right mind) wants to join an organization that is so "ass-holish" as to deliver news of a loved ones demise in the service of Corps and country on Mother's Day? Or Father's Day for that matter? What's next, Thanksgving Day and Christmas?!? No, believe me, no one is going to want to serve in an organization that shows little or no understanding of basic human empathy, sensitivity and/or understanding; see, this is another sign/indicator of how the current Admnistration's lack of leadership skills has trickled down to every level of government and has gone on to permeate throughout the country as a whole. One first has to come to the disturbing understanding that our current President is emotionally-impaired (in other words, socially-maladjusted/maladapted, especially when it comes to being able to relate to people in a real, very fundamental and empathetical way). We've seen numerous examples of the current President's emotional handicap and detachment, i.e., not allowing video/pictures of U.S. war dead coming home, not attending any funerals of U.S. war dead, going on vacation and having a good time while American troops are deep "in the shit", telling Iraqi insurgents to "bring it on" (which the insurgents did, in fact, do...thus increasing U.S. casualties) etc. You see, leadership is REALLY the only "trickle-down economic"; that's how leadership works, it tends to "trickle-down" to the lower levels of an organization or organized body. In essence, leadership is the rhythm of any organization or nation, it is both overarching and pervasive...in short, leadership SETS THE TONE for any organized body, be it a military, a business, a nation, whatever it is. For example, it should be no surprise under the brutally indifferent leadership of the current commander-in-chief, the following asininities happened (or, are happening) under his watch (in no particular order): the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandals (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Ghraib_prisoner_abuse), the Guantanamo Bay POW camp abuses, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4539477.stm (i.e., sexually-themed techniques used at Gitmo in the interrogation of Islamic prisoners of war, Islamic holy book desecration and disrespect, security techniques that are way outside the parameters called upon by the Geneva Conventions and on and on...outrageous! These atrocities MAY garner short-term intelligence gain, but these tactics certainly don't take into account the long-term, geopolitical consequences...winning the war on terrorism?!?...shucks, we're LOSING the war on terrorism!), trying to push a dumb-a** and bankrupt Social Security "reform" plan that would literally leave who knows how many senior citizens out in the cold, http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=734635 (be it now or in the near future, either way Bush's plan will cut alot of senior citizens loose at a time in life when people need MORE help, not less!), huge tax cuts for the rich at the expense of the average American thus driving the nation into a financial ditch(http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/11532929.htm), policies that promote drilling in places like ANWR and other natural preserves thus wrecking the environment all in the name of hydrocarbon acquisition (http://progressivetrail.org/articles/050504Hartmann.shtml), the disgust that was the Enron scandal, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enron (you know, all those COO's and CEO's, CIO's and CFO's that were absolutely C-U-C-K-O-O)...those big-time Republican stalwarts and Republican contributors like Andrew Fastow and his wife, along with Jeff Skilling, Ken Lay, et al. were simply allowed to run ape-shi* wild at the expense of so many American citizen's personal and financial security (in fact, all of those bastards should be escorted to the nearest guillotine ASAP, with all of their countless victims chanting "this way motherf***ers", http://www.corporatemofo.com/stories/020127enron.htm) and so on and so forth. Now, the sickness has infected my beloved Corps (sending casualty officers to a home on Mother's Day...that's just plain wrong). See, what we have here are people looking at the current leadership, picking up on the callousness vibe exuded by that leadership and then saying subconsciously (or perhaps even consciously): "...that's what he wants, that's how he rolls and operates...I guess it's ok...if it's ok with him, then it's ok with me...I'll do it too!". All this talk about Christianity...folks, I don't see the action, I don't see them walking the walk ...I just don't see the practical application of what they espouse with such frequency! Lot of talk from on high about "on High", but the policies just don't match up with the sanctimonious rhetoric. Something is wrong here, am I the only one that feels this way? I'll tell you this, if I was in charge of the First Marine Corps District (First Marine Corps District is responsible for Pittsburgh-area Marines in this capacity, http://www.1mcd.usmc.mil/) let's just say devildog's butts would be on the carpet...Marines just don't do this kind of thing dammit! We stand for something higher....REAL Marines stand by each other and FOR each other....we DON'T stand for the kind of outrageous and vulgar behavior displayed on 8 May 2005 when Marines were dispatched to the home of a fellow Marine (who was killed in action!) to tell his mother, on Mother's Day mind you, that her son was killed in Iraq thus tainting that special day with a kind of unimaginable heartache, grief and sadness for all time. That kind of behavior might even warrant a conduct unbecoming charge (Article 133) or, at the very least, an Article 32 investigation (and, if none of those, certainly an NJP/non-judicial punishment is in order). If there are any Marines out there, tell me what you think. I think the whole thing went down foul and the Corps could have done a much better job handling the situation. But, it's sadly not surprising when you've got a leadership team as cold and hard-hearted to human suffering as the current, insane clown posse we've got in the White House right now; they clearly, and consistently, demonstrate their lack of GENUINE human empathy time and time again and (sadly) at every opportunity. Semper Fidelis


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