By lex, on July 16th, 2006
Thoughtful reader Phil sends along this speech given by Major General Mike Lehnert, CG, Marine Corps Installations West, to the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Not a short speech, but a great read – covered are the civil/military divide, progress in the reconstruction of Iraq, military life (including predatory lenders) and land use policies.
So yeah, you could say that the MGEN covers a lot of ground.
By lex, on May 4th, 2006
So you probably saw amiable Islamist rogue and part-time internet snuff-porn star Abu musab al-Zarqawi hammering away with a US made M-249 SAW on Fox TV last week. When he wasn’t waxing philosophical, finger in the air ** – what is it with these guys? – with a US made M4 carbine up against the bulkhead at one point. The whole thing struck me a little odd, AK’s being the usual weapon of insurgent preference, but who knows? Maybe it’s about some primitive need to steal the enemy’s mojo, or counting coup, or maybe it’s a way of trying to look a bit more like the real tough guy on the block only – check this: DRESSED ALL IN BLACK!
Which, how cool is that?
Except that it appears that dork-boy, no matter how sociopathic he might be, needs a bit of professional weapons training. Check out the stuff that ended up on the cutting room floor – he needs help to clear a jammed round, fires the -249 into nowhere’sville before passing it off to a bud who passes it off to another who picks the thing up by the barrel. Mere moments after he’d sent all those rounds into the nothing.
Burnt hands? CUT!
Oh, yeah: He’s evil and he’s awful and I hope we catch him soon. It’s just amusing to see Billy Badass goofing in his New Balance kicks.
This is what we’re up against?
* 07-14-2018 Link Gone; no replacements found – Ed.
** 07-14-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed
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By lex, on March 23rd, 2006
Is give peace special forces * a chance…
BAGHDAD, Iraq – U.S. and British troops Thursday freed three Christian peace activists in rural Iraq without firing a shot, ending a four-month hostage drama in which an American among the group was shot to death and dumped on a Baghdad street. Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, the U.S. military spokesman, said the hostages were being held by a “kidnapping cell” in a western Baghdad house, and the operation to free the captives was based on information from a man captured by U.S. forces only three hours earlier.
By Lex, on Sun – May 29, 2005
This won’t be deep, or moving. It won’t challenge your assumptions or change your world view. There will be no blinding revelation at the end, something that ties it all together in a neat emotional bow.
Loss isn’t like that.
And we have given so much of our best recently, for a goal whose end seems nearly as far away today as ever it did.
Memorial Day, now two years on – has it really only been two years? Somehow it seems longer. Somehow I have a hard time clearly remembering a time when we weren’t at war. I have a hard time remembering when young men and women didn’t gain a moment’s fame on page two of the local paper under the heading “Daily developments “:
By Lex, on Wed – June 1, 2005
The power of the internet amazes me.
I wrote over the weekend , in part about a man named Major Ricardo A. Crocker, U.S. Marine Corps, killed in action in Iraq. I wondered aloud what his friends called him, postulating that we’d never know.
I was wrong.
His friends called him “Rick.”
Got an email today, from one of his friends:
By Lex, on Thu – May 5, 2005
By now, being who you are, you’ve seen that picture from Mosul. The one of the dying Iraqi child , being held by the Army major.
Read on then.
Click on the picture for hi-res, if you can stand it.
By lex, on August 19, 2010
Take a ride along with the Strykers of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division – the last dedicated US combat force in Iraq – as they leave for Kuwait two weeks ahead of “deadline”: