Obama makes U.S. Marine break the rules, and he does not look happy about it!!… “Even though he is the commander in chief, there are some orders that even President Obama cannot give – as he found out today, much to the mirth of a put-upon U.S. Marine.”
Obama makes U.S. Marine break the rules, and he does not look happy about it!!
Daily Mail – UK ^ | 16 May 2013 | David Martosko
Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013 9:22:13 PM by tellw
Even though he is the commander in chief, there are some orders that even President Obama cannot give – as he found out today, much to the mirth of a put-upon U.S. Marine.
Hosting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Rose Garden today, the president requested a standing Marine to open an umbrella and protect his head from the light rain that was falling. However, according to Marine Corps regulations, not even the President of the United States can request a serving officer to carry an umbrella without the express permission of the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Marines studying mindfulness-based training… (“The U.S. Marine Corps, known for turning out some of the military’s toughest warriors, is studying how to make its troops even tougher through meditative practices, yoga-type stretching and exercises based on mindfulness”)
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Marine Corps, known for turning out some of the military’s toughest warriors, is studying how to make its troops even tougher through meditative practices, yoga-type stretching and exercises based on mindfulness.
Marine Corps officials say they will build a curriculum that would integrate mindfulness-based techniques into their training if they see positive results from a pilot project. Mindfulness is a Buddhist-inspired concept that emphasizes active attention on the moment to keep the mind in the present.
BizPacReview.com ^ | January 1, 2013 | Michele Kirk
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2013 2:46:53 PM by T.O.K.
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Marine Thrown In Mexican Slammer, Chained To Bed!
(SALEM / RICHMOND) – A decorated U.S. Marine who served his nation in two wars, Brandon Raub, of Richmond Virginia, was arrested for airing his critical views of the U.S. government on Facebookthis weekend.
We just reported yesterday that a Human Rights activist in Bahrain is being prosecuted for six Twittermessages. Politically, this country is increasingly resembling Bahrain and other nations that arrest those who speak out critically over federal policy.
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Uncle Sam is getting a little weird. Make that a lot weird. Having dumped hundreds of billions of dollars into a sinkhole called Afghanistan — populated by misogynistic, pederastic, tribalistic and religiously supremacist primitives — to no avail, he has hit on a new plan for winning those ever-elusive Afghan “hearts and minds.”
Uncle Sam has decided that the answer lies in the latrine with the U.S. Marine Corps. No kidding. When nature calls, Uncle Sam has decided he wants every U.S. Marine equipped with a map and compass, or some other way of knowing direction. This is to ensure that no U.S. Marine in Afghanistan urinates in the direction of Mecca ever again.
Now, there’s a winning strategy…..
Former Marine Says Saddam Capture Staged
Former Marine Says Saddam Capture Staged
Sunday, June 17, 2007
RONALD REAGAN’S WISDOM ON THE MIDDLE EAST: LEAVE!
Ronald Reagan’s wisdom on the Middle East: LEAVE!
OC Register ^ | July 21, 2006 | John Seiler
Posted on 06/17/2007 1:22:37 PM EDT by OrthodoxPresbyterian
It’s worth looking back on Reagan’s policy on involving U.S. troops in the quarrels and hatreds of the Middle East. In 1983, he committed U.S. Marines to Lebanon. On Oct. 23, a terrorist truck bomb blew up the troops’ barracks, killing 220 Marines and 21 other troops.
At first, Reagan insisted that he wouldn’t cave in to the terrorist threat. Then he realized the best policy was to pull out the troops. Here’s how he explained it in his autobiography:
Perhaps we didn’t appreciate fully enough the depth of the hatred and the complexity of the problems that made the Middle East such a jungle. Perhaps the idea of a suicide car bomber committing mass murder to gain instant entry to Paradise was so foreign to our own values and consciousness that it did not create in us the concern for the marines’ safety that it should have.
EARLY MARINES ENLISTED RANKS
FIRST MARINE SERGEANT MAJOR
There evolved from the Continental Marines of 1775, the enlisted titles of sergeant, corporal, drummer, fifer, and private. When the U.S. Marine Corps was established in 1798, the old titles were retained; but for some unknown reason both sergeants and corporals were placed in the same pay grade at ten dollars per month. Also, a new law in 1798 provided for staff noncommissioned officers in the event that the Marine Corps or any part of it was called upon to serve on land with the Army.
Do the Marines Have It Right?
No one can question the bravery and valor of the U.S. Marines. But is the legend about their “Devil Dogs” nickname based on fact? Every Leatherneck is indocrinated with the tale of how Marines came to be called “Devil Dogs.” If you visit Marine recruiting sites on the Web you’ll find this World War I legend also used as a tool to encourage young people to join the Marine Corps today. There’s even an old recruiting poster (see photo) that was created by artist Charles B. Falls around 1918. Emblazoned with the words “Teufel Hunden, German Nickname for U.S. Marines – Devil Dog Recruiting Station,” the poster is one of the earliest known references to the legend, said to have come about as the result of fierce fighting in 1918 by the Marines in France’s Belleau Wood (Bois Belleau in French, “woods of beautful water”). But the poster commits the same error that almost all versions of the legend do: it gets the German wrong.
The first thing any good student of German should notice about the poster is that the German word for “Devil Dogs” is misspelled. In German the term would not be two words, but one. The plural of Hund is Hunde, not “Hunden.” So the poster and any Marine references to the German nickname should read Teufelshunde�one word with a connecting s. Most of the references I have found on the Web have the German incorrect in one way or another. Even the Marine Corps’ own Parris Island Museum has it wrong. Since the museum’s founding in 1975, the sign on display there has read “Teuelhunden” rather than the correct “Teufelshunde.”
Want to Cut Spending? Abolish the Marines!
Barf AlertBlog Critics Magazine ^ | July 14, 2010 | Alan KurtzPosted on Saturday, August 21, 2010 2:54:40 AM by 2ndDivisionVet
U.S. government spending is out of control, and much of it swirls down the military’s bottomless sinkhole. The FY 2010 federal budget is $3.55 trillion, of which $663.7 billion 18.74% is earmarked for the Department of Defense.
The U.S. spends 4.3% of its GDP on defense, more than double that of our nearest competitor, China 2.0%. With 4.5% of the planet’s population, we account for over 40% of world military expenditures. As a country, we are $14 trillion in debt.Many defenders of our global military posture and permanent War on Terror insist that every penny spent on defense is not merely justified, it’s sacrosanct.
This is madness. By trimming the fat, we could cut defense outlay significantly without adversely impacting national security.It is therefore in the name of fiscal responsibility that I call for abolishing the United States Marine Corps USMC, which is operationally obsolete.This will be anathema to those who cherish the USMC’s unquestionably heroic history from 1775 through the Pacific campaign of World War II, from Korea to Vietnam to Beirut, and in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Kuwait/Iraq during the early 1990s.
But the primary purpose of marines is to serve as an amphibious assault force. And when was the last time U.S. Marines got their feet wet? Since November 2001, we’ve been waging a never-ending War on Terror in Afghanistan, which is landlocked, and since 2003 another in Iraq, which has a coastline measuring all of 36 nonstrategic miles. For comparison, the main part of San Francisco Bay is 60 miles north-to-south.
The Marines are valiant warriors, but given our current geopolitical doctrine, their mission is irrelevant. The costly concept of a separate, redundant marine branch has outlived its usefulness.
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