Death of an American Sniper: A Response to a Dishonorable Article

“It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short time and time again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself a worthy cause; who if he wins knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

I am sure most of you have read, or heard of, the article titled “Death of an American sniper” by Laura Miller. She is unintelligent and extremely biased, as revealed in her shameful article.

Lets take it from the top Laura.

Your first point is that Chris disliked politics and was too oblivious to realize that politics is part of war. Okay Laura, do you really think our uniformed service members do not realize that they are part of the “activities associated with the governance of a country”? (Definition of politics, by the way). Do you truly believe that our nation’s Warfighters do not understand that wars are politically motivated? No shit war and politics go hand in hand. Our nation voted on two joint resolutions to enter Afghanistan and Iraq. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that someone as daft as you, missed Chris Kyle’s point.


Put the “Reawakening” to Sleep – Falling short of a standard

What is the purpose of a military organization? Is it to look good in parades? To provide role models for America’s children? To be a photo backdrop for politicians?

Every Marine knows that the Corps’ purpose is none of those things. The Corps’ purpose is to fight and win the Nation’s battles. Nothing more, nothing less.

Uniforms, customs, courtesies, and the like are useful only to the extent that they support the discipline that leads to victory on the battlefield. They are not ends in and of themselves.

We have been in continuous conflict for over a decade. No one has complained about the combat prowess of Marines. To the contrary, everyone—from the Commandant to civilian leadership to the general public—salutes the Corps’ efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other contingency operations.

Yet, somehow, our senior leadership says we have been falling short, that we need a “reawakening.” The term “reawakening” implies that the Corps has been asleep, falling short of a standard.

Of which standards are Marines falling short? They haven’t lost on the battlefield. They have succeeded at their assigned missions in combat, yet they are told that they aren’t good enough, that their predecessors were better.

Is this so-called reawakening just the enforcement of standards that have always existed? That hardly requires a media campaign. We’ve had all manner of standards for years. Enforcing existing regulations is a simple matter of telling commanders to do so.

This is about something bigger. This is about defining what a “peacetime” Marine Corps should be.

Tolerance in America & Mogadishu in Missouri

In the United States, we have the privilege of being incredibly safe. There are no routine bombings or insurgents forcing their religious beliefs upon us. However, we do face a very dangerous enemy in America. That enemy is named: Tolerance.

37895_story__AL-QAEDA-2222222Why do we not profile individuals at the airport? We have established a general profile for likely terrorist, yet we would rather enforce random screenings than profile individuals who would be most likely to conduct a violent act. However, it is not politically correct. So therefore, in order to not hurt anyone’s feelings, we must just say “fuck it” when it comes to our National Security. Then, when something does happen, people point the finger and say “how the hell did that happen?!”.

predator-firing-missile4Why are drone assassinations wrong? If we have the known location of a individual who is an enemy combatant and is guilty of committing acts of violence against the United States, what is wrong with sending a flying robot to blow them into pink mist? Again, America thinks that terrorist deserve due process and that we should send a fighting force on the ground to apprehend them and hold them accountable. Remember, this is the same America that wanted everyone out of Iraq and Afghanistan regardless of the consequences. But, they would readily send our troops into harms way as long as it was “trendy” on social media (Kony, Syria, back to Iraq, etc.). Guess what America, if you want all of our troops home, we are going to use drones to take care of business. You can’t have it both ways!

Marine Raiders: The Forgotten Lineage

Forming the Raiders:

In February 1941, one company (“A”, “E” and “I”) from each battalion of the recently formed 7th Marines were designated “Provisional Rubber Boat Companies” and participated in a Fleet Landing Exercise (FLEX-7) in 1941. After the exercise, General Holland Smith assigned the APDs and rubber boat function to the 1st Battalion 5th Marines.

7th Marine Regiment included:

  • 1st Battalion 7th Marines
  • 2nd Battalion 7th Marines
  • 3rd Battalion 7th Marines

General Holcomb re-designated the 1st Battalion 5th Marines as the “1st Separate Battalion” and created the 2nd Separate Battalion to be commanded by Carlson in response to pressure from the President.

The commandant selected the term “Raiders” and re-designated the two Separate Battalions. The 1st Raider Battalion was activated on 16 February 1942, followed by the 2nd Raider Battalion on February 19.

Response to Marine Corps Times article: Don’t call me ‘POG’

In response to the latest Marine Corps Times article: Don’t call me ‘POG’: The push to end the Corps’ most damaging divide.

The key issue here is not POG vs. Grunt. It is combat veterans vs. non-combat veterans. The majority of 03 Marines will look at anyone who holds a CAR and consider them proven and worthy, no matter there MOS. The major problem is that many key leaders in the Marine Corps have no combat service and they are driving the divide between combat roles and support roles. Marines are trained to fight and win; going out and obtaining a Combat Action Ribbon (which is the ONLY personal award in the Marine Corps that is not a medal) is similar to an athlete getting Gold at the Olympics. Do not blame the 03 community for being proud, do not blame them for doing their jobs and being awarded for it.

The 03 community has approximately 30,000 Marines out of a total force of approximately 194,000. That means roughly 15% of the Marine Corps is made up of the 03 community. The entire rest of the Marine Corps falls into support roles. They account for a small and very elite group of men. In comparison, the U.S. Special Operations Command has over 66,000 personnel.

Where do we go to from here?

Goodbye Afghan

I’m sure all of you are aware at this point that after 13+ years of war, the United States has turned over command of the main focal point in Afghanistan (Camp Leatherneck & Camp Bastion) to the Afghan National Security Forces. With the recent closing of Camp Leatherneck and Camp Bastion, I can’t really say I’m all too thrilled about it and in the same breath, I don’t really know how I feel about. I can’t help but have a certain uneasy feeling that Afghanistan will slowly but surely head down the same path as Iraq and will be just as bad if not worse than the current state of Iraq. When I originally read the story from various military affiliated newspapers, I couldn’t help but think, “just like that… all of a sudden… POOF! No more Camp Leatherneck and Camp Bastion.” I remember it was the dead of night when our C-130 touched down in Camp Leatherneck. That’s when I knew it was game time. The sand being kicked up into my face, the loud roar of the plane engine, the weight of my body amour and rucksack and the sudden dryness of the air once I stepped off the plane, assured me that all bets were off at that point and it was time to lock n’ load. We wanted our so called fight, we wanted it at the highest level. Although we were a bit apprehensive, we knew what we had to do and we were as ready as we ever were to endure the hardships of 7 or 8 months and all that the sandbox had to throw at us. Embrace the suck right??? But looking back on it all, I wouldn’t trade not one single day of it. I’m damn proud of the time I spent over there, with some of the greatest people who I now consider best friends and extended family.

Our Military Leaders Need to Wake Up!

With ISIS getting stronger and stronger with each passing day and the constant threat of “lone wolf” attacks here on American soil, it is time our military leaders, the Generals in Washington D.C. that advise President Obama wake up and realize that America is in grave danger. It pains me to say as I write this that if things do not change soon, America may not be able to recover from the mistakes being made at the hand of this administration.

As I was scrolling though my Facebook feed, I noticed that another story in the Wall Street Journal that read, “Top General Worries That U.S. Army Getting Too Small.” This article is a follow up from a couple of weeks ago when former Marine Corps Commandant James T. Conway criticized President Obama’s strategy to defeat ISIS saying that it “doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of succeeding.” Even General Martin Dempsey, Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has come out publicly saying that airstrikes alone will not be enough to defeat ISIS and will not resemble the “shock and awe” of bombardment of the Iraq war that began in March of 2003.