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Soldiers, Marines, and Nazis: Godwin’s Law overtaking blog

 “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.” 

–Mike Godwin

So much for “to the victor go the spoils.”  We may have beaten the Germans in World War II, but we won’t be using their insignia any more. 

Even though the use of the infamous “SS” logo by the Marines goes “back to at least the 1980s” according to the Army Times report, Amos [is] sorry for Marine use of Nazi SS Logo

I honestly couldn’t care less that the Marines are using some logo from any notorious organization.  What’s really offensive is GEN Amos suddenly becoming sorry for the use of the logo which he has no doubt known about for a long time.  The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Mike Barrett is even a scout sniper who trained scout snipers! 

Whatever happened to standing-up for your Marines and not letting somebody (or even 31 somebodies) push you around?  I’m offended that the Commandant of the Marine Corps is falling on his sword instead of standing up for his Marines.  Maybe I ought to send a letter to the SECDEF.

“The Corps acknowledged that the inspector general at Pendleton’s I Marine Expeditionary Force was made aware of the “SS” flag photograph in November.”  Yep, I’m sure I MEF just found out about the practise too.   How dumb do they think the GAP (greater American public) is to believe this? 

And 1991 was the first time a woman was assaulted at Tailhook.

Equally incredulous is the innocence proclaimed by the U.S. Army’s 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in another Army Times report Combat outpost name sparks controversy.  At least the army has the guts to take a stand even if is seems hastily and conveniently contrived:

The reference was a misspelling of the name of Combat Outpost Arian, situated in Ghazni Province and named for an ancient Persian tribe that once lived in western Afghanistan. . . “Their name means ‘noblemen,’”

I’ll buy that. 

I believe they must be innocent:  our schools don’t teach history, the soldiers can’t spell by their own admission, and probably think Schutzstaffel is a processed meat product served at Oktoberfest.

Marines caught on video. . . again

Thankfully, these Marines are just clowning around.  Only Ralph Nader would be upset about the possible safety issues.

NOTE:  If you see bored Marines doing this, count your blessings (and run).

Are the Afghans Ready?

For all the victories we make with the Afghans, it seems like there are equally negative stories to offset them.  The first two paragraphs are not encouraging:  Afghans show little progress

We committed to creating an ANSF that was capable of keeping Afghanistan from becoming a haven for terrorists.  How much more time, money, and lives are required to reach that goal?  Is it even attainable?  And now that we have been set on a timeline by the President, does it even matter?