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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Lebanon? Wasn’t This About Iraq? A Brief Note to the Perplexed.

 

I thought it noteworthy that an unnamed Pentagon source claims that “an Army brigade” has been put on alert for Lebanon:

Around 5,200 American troops are based in Iraq to train Iraqi forces and help in the fight against Islamic State group militants. Defense officials who discussed the new troop movements spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a decision not yet announced by the Pentagon. A Pentagon official who was not authorized to be identified said the U.S. also had placed an Army brigade on alert to fly into Lebanon to protect the American Embassy. U.S. embassies also issued a security alert for Americans in Bahrain, Kuwait and Nigeria.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. From Generation to Generation, Semper Fidelis

 

WWIn 2009, my wife was invited to a function in Washington, DC. Our local library had won a prestigious national award and, as treasurer of one of the library’s most popular community programs, she was asked to attend. When she arrived, she found herself seated at a table with an elderly gentleman in his mid-80’s. Raised on a dairy farm in West Virginia, he had lived quite a life. He had worked odd jobs and drove both trucks and a taxi for a living before he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was working on a project through them in Montana on December 7, 1941.

Like most healthy American males, he went to enlist but he was rejected for military service for being too short. By May 1943, with the war dragging on, he was finally accepted into the Reserves of the United States Marine Corps. A little over a year later, this young man would be in combat with the 1st Battalion, 21st Marines on Guam and, in February of 1945, on the island of Iwo Jima.

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Remember the study that concluded that female Marines were slower, less accurate with weapons and more injury-prone than men? The one that concluded that all-male units were faster and more lethal than mixed-gender units on most combat tasks? The one that came as a surprise to exactly no one who’s actually looked at a man’s upper body and a woman’s and thought, “Vive la différence?

Well, not to worry. Turns out that morale in these mixed-gender units is perfectly satisfactory. Just as good as in the all-male groups, reports The New York Times with evident delight:

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My Marine is being sexually harassed by his government. No, not by anyone inside the Corps but by the neo-Puritans on a sexual witch hunt throughout the Department of Defense. Hardly a week goes by that he is not either required to take an online or in-person “awareness” course or asked to fill out a […]

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We talked awhile ago about women training for Marine Corps Infantry. Now that zero women have made it through IOC, the Marine Corps will now have to justify the high standards and prove why they are relevant. From the link: “They are on the lookout for standards they believe are no longer relevant in today’s […]

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There is nothing about my life that is even vaguely interesting. It is not unique, it offers more lessons in what not to do than in how to get ahead, and in retrospect, was (er… is) always one or two bad decisions away from spiraling out of control. Yet, on more than one occasion, I […]

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