12 October 2014


by Andy Weddington
Sunday, 12 October 2014

Integrity: Integrity means that you are honest and truthful in what you say or do. You put honesty, sense of duty, and sound moral principles above all else. U. S. Marine Corps leadership trait

During the scout sniper brouhaha (Marine snipers urinating on dead enemy) Lieutenant General Thomas D. Waldhauser, in a sworn statement, said General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps told him to do something (as to punishing the Marines) that exceeded the commandant's legal authority. Lieutenant General Waldhauser refused and authority to adjudicate the case was taken from him (by the commandant).

General Amos denied, but not in a sworn statement, saying what he ordered.

And so General Amos brought great unflattering scrutiny upon himself as to polluting and corrupting judicial due process for the (charged) Marines.

Who had motive to not be truthful?

Late last week another matter involving General Amos (and integrity) made news - his completion of The Basic School.

The linked article summarizes but read the embedded link 'Thweatt's letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.'

Who has motive to not be truthful?

On Friday, 17 October a new commandant, General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., takes over.

If the allegations in Mr. Thweatt's letter are substantiated (supporting documentation is surely compelling), perhaps the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps should hand General Dunford our colors.

General Dunford's first order of business: Polish our emblem! Restore integrity - perceived and reality - to the office of commandant.

What a task to write, much less think.

Semper Fidelis!

Post Script

What say you, Marines?

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