Thursday, July 8, 2010

How's a Marine General supposed to talk?

Marines are supposed to be ready to fight.
"Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. You know, it's a hell of a hoot. ... It's fun to shoot some people."

Marines are supposed to protect the weak.
He directed that sentiment toward "guys" in Afghanistan "who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil."

"You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them,"

Like Clint Smith said on 60 minutes, "Some people need shooting." As much as it may suprise people in Chicago and New York, a man who has been succesful in the Marine Corp, and succesful in the business of war, is probably going to agree to that sentiment. If he didn't, he'd have become an accountant. And I've never heard of anybody commenting that the accountants have landed. When you need to figure your taxes, that's when you need an accountant. When you need to fix a leeky pipe, you need a plumber. When you need to win a war, that's when you need a warrior.

And for the record, Marine Generals are supposed to talk like Chesty Puller.

"We're surrounded. That simplifies the problem."


  1. You know, I knew I loved the Marines for a reason. Someone else has posted on their blog a quick exchange between a liberal reporter and a Marine Sniper.

    Liberal Reporter: What do you feel when you shoot a terrorist?

    Marine Sniper: Recoil.

  2. Sgt. Jerry Shriver, MACV/SOG-VietNam is still famous to this day in the land of SPECOPS for when his small team got surrounded by a Battalion sized unit on the WRONG SIDE of the DMZ.

    "Don't worry about us. We've got them surrounded from the inside."

    Last anybody ever saw of him, his team had been infiltrated to a really wrong place in Cambodia because of spies in MACV/SOG and he was charging into the tree line with his yards behind him. Wouldn't wear medals, slept in the Montagnard quarters and tents, and wasn't afraid of anything.

    Wonder if he knew about the Chesty quote.

    Both people I wouldn't want to be on the wrong side of.

  3. Interesting side note. He hated going on leave but when they finally made him (as he had a habit of jumping helicopters pretending to go on R&R and getting lifts to go out with other SF teams) and he was back in the states, he spent the whole time tracking down a .444 Marlin Lever for "bunker busting". Possibly the only Lever Action Marlin used in Combat in VietNam, and he did use it rather a bit.