Skip to comments.God Bless the United States Marine Corps!
Posted on 05/05/2004 5:00:03 PM PDT by The L. Sherman
God Bless the United States Marine Corps!
The Corps exists simply to kill the enemy and to break stuff. It's really a very basic concept. Their marching cadences include lines such as, "I want to be a killing machine...a flat bellied, steely eyed, killer." Just the mention of the USMC should bring terror into the hearts of those who wish to bring harm to this country. A popular saying among Marines goes, "Mess with the best, die like the rest."
Having sad that, the Southern Spectator is disappointed in what appears to be political interference in Iraq, especially related to the U. S. Marine Corps in and around Fallujah. There has been way too much talk of cease fires and the like, and there also has been way too many news headlines such as, "U.S. Marines negotiate a 'tentative' agreement to pull back forces from Fallujah."
The Marines don't negotiate. The Marines face their enemies and eradicate them. Negotiations are not required. When you face the USMC you have gone passed the point of negotiation - you have signed your own death certificate. The next stop is the great beyond.
The Bush Administration has said that our nation "does not negotiate with terrorists," and we at the Southern Spectator take them at their word. The administration has also said that they will not interfere with the military's mission.. The administration basically consists of good people who love their country. But they need to let the Marines be the Marines and not some new version of the United Nations.
We at the Southern Spectator, with a combined 26 years military service, salute the brave men and women of the United States Marine Corps.
God bless our Marines.
God, Country, Corps
I love an editorial that starts out stating the basic facts.
Honor: Honor requires each Marine to exemplify the ultimate standard in ethical and moral conduct. Honor is many things; honor requires many things. A U.S. Marine must never lie, never cheat, never steal, but that is not enough. Much more is required. Each Marine must cling to an uncompromising code of personal integrity, accountable for his actions and holding others accountable for theirs. And, above all, honor mandates that a Marine never sully the reputation of his Corps.
Courage: Simply stated, courage is honor in action -- and more. Courage is moral strength, the will to heed the inner voice of conscience, the will to do what is right regardless of the conduct of others. It is mental discipline, an adherence to a higher standard. Courage means willingness to take a stand for what is right in spite of adverse consequences. This courage, throughout the history of the Corps, has sustained Marines during the chaos, perils, and hardships of combat. And each day, it enables each Marine to look in the mirror -- and smile.
Commitment: Total dedication to Corps and Country. Gung-ho Marine teamwork. All for one, one for all. By whatever name or cliche, commitment is a combination of (1) selfless determination and (2) a relentless dedication to excellence. Marines never give up, never give in, never willingly accept second best. Excellence is always the goal. And, when their active duty days are over, Marines remain reserve Marines, retired Marines, or Marine veterans. There is no such thing as an ex-Marine or former-Marine. Once a Marine, always a Marine. Commitment never dies.
The three Corps Values: honor, courage, commitment. They make up the bedrock of the character of each individual Marine. They are the foundation of his Corps. These three values, handed down from generation to generation, have made U.S. Marines the Warrior Elite.
The U.S. Marine Corps: the most respected and revered fighting force on earth.
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