Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Inside the mind of the warrior

Now here's something that you can sink your teeth into: Blackfive has a long, but excellent post of an After Action Report (AAR) from our Marines in Fallujah.

Read it, then come back. I'll be here.

OK. Now we've had a number of things that the LeftLoons and their lapdogs in the Legacy Media have been playing up over a period of time, trying to turn the American public against our troops and against the War on Terror. A Marine in Fallujah kills a suspected terrorist on camera, Lt. Ilario Pantano's actions in Baghdad when 2 suspected terrorists began making threatening actions, and the incident on the airport road involving a journalist for the Italian communist newspaper, Il Manifesto. (There are others, these are just the three that come immediately to mind.)

Now that you've read the AAR, a thinking person should have all their questions answered. These warriors are acting based on training and bitter experience. With near universality, their actions are correct, even while seeming "barbaric" to the Lefties, sitting in front of their 52" high-definition plasma TVs in the comfort of their over-priced living rooms in their comfortable, well-policed suburbs, listening to some media talking head explaining to them why America is Evil, why the War on Terror is Evil, why the Bad Guys are actually just misunderstood but hopeless Young Arab Men, and that if we just all join hands and sing one more freakin' verse of Kumbyah the world will suddenly flower in Peace and Understanding.

This war isn't WWI, WWII, Korea or Vietnam. It isn't even the Gulf War. It is it's own thing, fought in a different time, a different place and under different rules. Did you pick up on the part about the corpsman's shotgun? In WWII or Korea, it was very rare indeed for a corpsmen to arm himself. It was still uncommon in Vietnam. In this war, the corpsman damn well better be armed, because these people aren't playing by "the rules". An unarmed corpsman is a most tempting target indeed, because shooting him will enrage his fellows. The rules are different, and we'll have to fight by those rules in order to win.

If the AAR doesn't answer your questions on this subject, then I don't think anyone can. You can keep coming back to visit, and I'll keep trying, but I don't hold out much hope for you.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Unmotivated

Sorry for not posting more lately. I could plead that I've been doing real-world things, which is true, but that really isn't the problem. I could plead a rotten sinus infection (and regale you with the story of a physician's assistant who couldn't diagnose a decapitation on her best day, more or less a sinus infection on one that wasn't her best day), and that would be true as well. But that's still not the problem.

The real problem is that I really can't seem to work up a good "I give a shit" about much of anything right now. I am about as unmotivated as I can remember being for a long time. Perhaps a side effect of Winter simply refusing to go away and let Spring get on with the project.

I'm going to find something that I can write about every few days, just to remind myself of why I started blogging in the first place. But for right now, I'm being driven through life in general by a sense of duty rather than a sense of joyful living.

I'd rather be in a foul mood than one like this.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Lt. Pantano's Article 32 hearing delayed

(Via WorldNet Daily)

(Background here and here.)

According to The New York Daily News, Marine 2nd Lt. Ilario Pantano's Article 32 hearing (roughly the military equivalent of a grand jury hearing) has been delayed until April 25. No reason was given.

That's interesting news, but you know what struck me the most? This guy gave up a 6-figure job (and left a model wife and a young kid at home) to rejoin the Marine Corps after 9/11. He'd already done his bit as a non-com in the Gulf War. Most guys in his shoes would have stayed home and let younger men fight this one. Nope--he rejoins the Marines, goes to OCS and then to Iraq.

Let's just hope every good deed doesn't get punished in this case.