Criminal Try To Rob Marines, End Up Dead

I just love this one. Damn .. I wish there had been security cameras to record this for prosperity.

The locale is Jacksonville, North Carolina. Now if you know Jacksonville, NC, you will know that this is not the place you want to screw around with people you aren’t all that familiar with. They train throat slitters there. Not the bad kind … the good kind. The kind that wear the uniforms of the U.S. Marine Corps (or, as Obama would pronounce it, “corpse”) and the U.S. Army.

So here we have these two pretty perps, Maurice and Diego — all decked out in their long flowing black braids and all. Really stylish, know what I’m sayin? We know just how pretty they were because we have mug shots. Seems they weren’t exactly the pillars of society in those parts.

Anyway, our pretty perps decided it would be a good idea to burglarize a home while the occupants were away. The perps may have been pretty — but they weren’t all that smart. Seems the house they chose was home to two Marines – and the Marines came home with another male while the perps were still trying to figure out how to get the flat screen disconnected. Well, as you might suspect, a certain amount of mayhem ensued in the home – and when the smoke cleared the Braided Boys were both DRT — and for those of you who don’t know, that means Dead Right There. The Marines? “Treated and released,” as they say.

I know it’s not nice, but I just LOVE it when things turn out this way. The taxpayers are saved the cost of a trial and incarceration, and the Marines get some additional training under their belts. Plus … Maurice and Diego will never bother another law-abiding person again. Stick ‘em in a glad bag and set them on a curb somewhere. Do they have gators that far north? Gators gotta eat too, you know.

Happy Birthday, Marines!

Today, Nov. 10, is the 236th birthday of the Marine Corps, one year older than the United States itself.

By the way, that’s “United States Marine Corps”, pronounced “core”, not “corpse” like Barack Obama pronounces it.

Some Marines will lightheartedly tell you that U.S.M.C. stands for “University of Science, Music and Culture” or “Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children”. Most Marines have a pretty good sense of humor, but when it comes to doing their job, which is to go in, when all diplomacy has failed, and kill people and break things, they are deadly serious, and they are good at it. And we are lucky to have them.

Please be sure to thank a Marine today and wish him (or her) Happy Birthday!

Faces of War: The Fallen Marine

by: Rick Leventhal

from the Marines Combat Outpost in Tahgaz, Afghanistan:

There is much Fox News can’t report about the valor and heroism of the most recent casualty in Afghanistan, a U.S. Marine with the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. It’s just too soon.

But after spending time with his unit, Alpha Company of the 1st L.A.R., two things are clear: this Marine’s loss is being felt deeply by his brothers in uniform and his unit has not wavered in its mission to bring peace and stability to the Helmand River Valley.

The Marine’s base at Tahgaz is the furthest south and west in the country and some platoons are stationed even further out in the remote desert and surrounding hills. While L.A.R. Marines are used to working out of their Light Armored Vehicles (LAV’s), the Marines at Tahgaz are primarily patrolling on foot, for eight to ten hours a day or more.

They’re led by Captain John Bitonti, a combat veteran who I met while embedded with his unit, the 3rd L.A.R., during the invasion of Iraq. He went back for another tour in Fallujah in 2004. Now he leads well over 100 men in sometimes hostile territory.

“The enemy is out there” the Captain told me. “They’re watching, they want to kill us. The key is that we need to be more vigilant than them and be prepared to stop them before they stop us.”

I asked him about the fallen Marine, who is the 1000th U.S. casualty in Afghanistan since troops first arrived here in late 2001. He told me the men were out on foot patrol and spotted a lone figure across the river who didn’t move, despite the sandstorm. After waiting and observing the man, they decided to resume their patrol and an IED exploded from a berm, killing one of the Marines and seriously wounding two others.

“For me to lose him? Yeah, absolutely, it tears me apart, it hurts inside, but we have a mission to continue and I’m gonna get more marines hurt if we don’t continue with our mission, which is exactly the reason the night of the incident we pushed patrol literally right afterwards. That patrol was getting those marines out, another patrol was already patrolling the same area. We can’t let them know that they got the best of us and I know after that attack, they’re watching us to see what we’re gonna do… and they know if they try to do that again, we’re gonna be ready this time.”

“This marine, yeah, he’s not with us physically, but he’s with us in spirit and I haven’t given him a leave of absence yet… so he’s still on patrol, he’ll be redeploying back to the states when we do.”

Captain Bitonti spends much of his time meeting with locals, trying to convince them the U.S. is here to help. It was his unit that was first made aware of a six year old local boy who’d been bitten in the face by a deadly Viper snake. They called for the airlift that saved the boy’s life.

“In a counterinsurgency fight, the center of gravity is the people, and that’s who we’re fighting for right now. It’s between us and the Taliban… and we gotta show them that the Taliban are the bad guys and that we’re the winning side.”

Is it hard to keep fighting after suffering such a loss?

“For me to continue? No it’s not hard, because my job is to go get these guys. My job is to hunt down the enemy so we don’t have to be here any longer.”