Wednesday, May 19, 2004

A Marine Sees What Defeatists Don't

So... who you gonna believe? Ted Kennedy and his chum John Kerry sitting safely stateside using our troops in combat as unwilling political propaganda? Or a U.S. Marine who's done more than his share to make sure you are free to read this? That's what I thought...

From USA Today, May 18, 2004:

By Ben Connable

RAMADI, Iraq - This is my third deployment with the 1st Marine Division to the Middle East. This is the third time I've heard the quavering cries of the talking heads predicting failure and calling for withdrawal.

This is the third time I find myself shaking my head in disbelief.

Setbacks and tragedy are part and parcel of war and must be accepted on the battlefield. We can and will achieve our goals in Iraq.

Waiting for war in the Saudi Arabian desert as a young corporal in 1991, I recall reading news clippings portending massive tank battles, fiery death from Saddam Hussein's "flame trenches" and bitter defeat at the hands of the fourth-largest army in the world. My platoon was told to expect 75% casualties. Being Marines and, therefore, naturally cocky, we still felt pretty good about our abilities.

The panicky predictions failed to come true. The flame trenches sputtered. Nobody from my platoon died. Strength, ingenuity and willpower won the day. Crushing the fourth-largest army in the world in four days seemed to crush the doubts back home.

Continue reading this article on, it's well worth the read.


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