by Andy Weddington
Saturday, 18 July 2015
"We're surrounded. That simplifies the problem." LtGen Lewis B. Puller, USMC
As reported in a Marine Corps Times online article late this afternoon, the commanding general of Marine Corps Recruiting Command, in response to the (Muslim) enemy terrorist attack upon and murder of the four Marines (a Sailor died, too) in Chattanooga, TN, has ordered Marines to not wear their uniforms on duty.
The article cited that decision was supported by the Secretary of Defense - with more force protection recommendations due to the Secretary within a week. There was no mention of the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Framing the situation simply...
Our enemy is carrying out their promise to kill U. S. military personnel (and families, too) on our homeland - an imminent known threat that leadership has had time to prepare our personnel to face (with rigorous force protection protocols and postures).
Force protection failed.
So rather than aggressively moving to correct through proactive force protection (and hunt the enemy) the response is to order United States Marines, on their home soil, to doff their uniform - to not wear their eagle, globe, and anchor - that which was earned at great personal sacrifice, hardship, sweat, and blood? And for which many a Marine, since 10 November 1775, has given limb and life?
Speechless! As I sit here writing while wearing a polo shirt with our emblem stitched in the vicinity of the left breast.
It does not matter if the general's order (to not wear a uniform) is for an hour or a week or a month. It is the sick appearance of kneeling, of cowering, before the enemy. Symbolically, it's powerful.
How is this not cowardice?
How is this not waving the white flag of surrender?
How does this not embolden an already determined and committed enemy? And strengthen the enemy's recruiting efforts?
How does this not damage the spirit and pride and confidence of Marines?
How does this not negatively impact citizens thinking about becoming Marines?
How does this not deeply tarnish our emblem?
How does this not shake at-large public confidence in the Marine Corps?
How does this not encourage other enemies?
And those are only the first questions that angrily come to mind.
Our Corps Battle Colors, with all its dozens of impressive decorated streamers representing unequalled battlefield prowess, may as well be cased.
A closing thought from the previously cited old Marine warrior, Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC, came to mind...
"Our country won't go on forever, if we stay soft as we are now. There won't be any America because some foreign soldiery will invade us and take our women and breed a hardier race."
And apparently we're scared.
Stand by, women.
Marines weep. Dead Marines are rolling over in their graves.
Four Marines Dead