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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Roth Effect: We Need to Be Better

 

U.S. Marines with 1st Marine Logistics Group (1st MLG) burn black water aboard Taqaddum, Iraq, September 22, 2008. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jason W. Fudge.)
You all know I loves me some Marines. Even if you’ve been a civilian your entire life, once your son or daughter joins the Corps you become a member of the extended family. If every Marine is your child’s brother and sister, then all of those Marines become your sons and your daughters. And when they put themselves on the line and leave their health on the battlefield it is up to us, the people that they fought for, to demand the government not abandon them once they leave the service – and this true for all the services, not just the Corps.

The guest on this week’s Roth Effect podcast, Matthew Betley, is a ten-year veteran of the Marines who was exposed to open burn pits in Iraq. Simply put, the Marines were disposing of waste by burning it and it included everything from chemicals to human waste. The smoke hung over our Marines in a toxic cloud almost every day. In time Betley would be separated from the Corps and return home to battle a new foe: the Veterans Administration. Because he was a successful author and columnist, he was better equipped to battle the VA’s bureaucracy than most. That’s not the case for everyone.

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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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It’s not part of Ricochet’s portfolio, but I just listened to a very interesting podcast interview of General (retired) John Kelly. Hosted by the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings Magazine, it covers his career with the U.S. Marine Corps, which included his participation in the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and as the Commander of U.S. […]

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Happy Thanksgiving to all! If you plan on being adventurous on the day after Thanksgiving by strapping on your Kevlar jacket with the credit card bandolier strapped across your chest, a friendly reminder that your local Marine Corps Reserve unit or Marine Corps League of Retired Veterans are in full swing with the annual Toys […]

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Some months ago, a United States Marine Corps career officer of my acquaintance observed that, for a foreigner, for a civilian, and for a woman, I seem to have enjoyed the company of a quite a number of United States Marines in my life. And he’s right. (To be clear, I always call them “United […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Before This Week Ends, a Commemoration

 

Because I didn’t see a timely one, on either the Main or the Member Feeds. Apologies if I missed it.

Tuesday of this week (October 23, 2018) was the 35th anniversary of the bombing of the United States Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. 241 US service personnel were killed in the attack, including 220 Marines, and 21 others.

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Commemorating the start of the Battle of Belleau Wood, 100 years ago today, and Sergeant Daniel Joseph Daly, who is credited with shouting these words to his men, just before charging the Germans. It is reputed that Daly was twice offered a commission, and that he responded, on both occasions, that he would “rather be an outstanding sergeant than just another officer.”

I’ve been well schooled by my nearest and dearest, over the past forty years, on the unique position enjoyed by the word “outstanding” atop the United States Marine Corps hierarchy of merit. And I have a sense that the soon-to-be Sergeant Major was using the adjective correctly in reference to himself. He is one of only seven Corps recipients of two Medals of Honor (there are nineteen such across all the service branches), and he and Major General Smedley D. Butler are the only two Marines to have been awarded their Medals for separate actions, in different years.

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In the Second Battle of Fallujah First Sergeant Bradley Kasal discovered Marines pinned down inside a house by an unknown number of enemy combatants. After entering the house and dispatching an insurgent he discovered a wounded Marine in the next room. While moving toward him Kasal and another Marine were shot multiple times in the legs. The enemy tried to finish them off by lobbing grenades into the house. Kasal rolled on top of the other wounded Marine and took the brunt of the explosion himself.

All told Kasal took seven rounds from an AK-47 and was hit by 43 pieces of shrapnel. Refusing medical treatment until the other wounded were evacuated, he continued to give orders and encouragement to his men and killed at least one other insurgent with small arms fire. When he was finally extracted photojournalist Lucian Read was there to capture the moment and it became an iconic image of the war and was turned into a sculpture called No Man Left Behind by artist John Phelps. (Phelps, whose son Chance was KIA in April 2004 in Ramadi was the subject of the HBO movie Taking Chance starring Kevin Bacon.) It now sits at Camp Pendleton.

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I’m not one to call for boycotts or protest marches. But sometimes I see things, from sources I don’t expect, that simply make my blood boil. Take the History Channel. They have drifted from the programming I used to love back when we lovingly called it “The Hitler Channel.” They still offer some decent scripted shows and a couple of decent “reality” shows like American Pickers and Forged in Fire.

I don’t DVR much and, like most Americans, I’m not into appointment television. So last night I was catching up on a few series using the History app on my iPad. Programs still have commercials but usually the most annoying thing about them is that they are too damned loud. If you’re listening in on headsets some of them can knock you into the middle of next week. But last night was different. On came an ad for a company called North Korean Express. They offer backpacks and all sorts of merchandise decorated with North Korean propaganda posters. OK, fine. If you want to be a schmuck* and wear the shining face of Kim Jong-Un to class I guess it’s not any worse than parading around in a Che tee shirt.

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Greetings, Ricochetti! I so enjoyed our previous conversation [“By Request”: John 15:13 Meets Romans 3:3-5 and Philippians 4:13] – and hope this current one will be of interest, too. Over the weekend, while listening to the “All Marine Radio” http://www.allmarineradio.com/ podcast, I became aware of the work of Ken Falke (CPT, USN [EOD, RET]), and […]

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That’s son #2, front row, far left. Currently in Okinawa with hopes to be home for Christmas and the arrival of his 2nd niece, due in January. When the news hit last week that General Mattis would be named as Defense Secretary, he said “sweet baby Jesus, let it be true”. More

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From Tun Tavern to Tripoli, from Mexico to Mosul, in the Fleet and in the Reserve, Happy 241st Birthday to the Corps! “…For a code that isn’t written… or spoken… but lived.” More

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Greetings, Ricochetti! In an effort to add to the general air of festivity, and in conjunction with @westernchauvinist’s “Soliciting Solicitations” post, I offer a video greeting to fellow Devil Dogs, family members and friends among the denizens of R>. In addition, I offer early Veterans Day thanks to all service members here: OOHRAH! S/F! Enjoy the […]

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John-Keith-WellsHe thought it was a suicide mission. A full frontal attack on Mount Suribachi without supporting fire? He would not order his men up the mountain, but he would lead them. Raising his rifle above his head he climbed out of the foxhole and his men followed.

First Lieutenant John Keith Wells did not make it to the top, but his Marines did two days later. The leader of 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines died on February 11th in Denver. He was 94.

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Because it’s too good to be buried in someone else’s thread. Well, maybe more groan inspiring than “good.” More

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Have you heard the news? Today, this evening, two American Marines stopped a terror attack in France. Another Muslim terrorist having nothing to do with any of the previous ones or the ones sure to follow. The terrorist, a Moroccan man, boarded in Amsterdam & commenced what would have been a slaughter after the train crossed […]

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The words and photography of Army National Guard Sgt. Ken Scar (From Marines.mil – The Official Website of the Marine Corps) ARLINGTON, Virginia — I noticed her in my peripheral vision as I was lying in the grass trying to get a meaningful photograph of all the “60s” etched into the backs of the gravestones. […]

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I’m not a particularly big fan of greeting card companies. They’ve conspired to create too many artificial holidays to push their product. I’m no big fan of left-wing film makers, either. But this four and a half minutes hits an obvious nerve with me. More

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