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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

"The Great Raid" coming to the big screen...

Call me an optimist, but I don’t think Hollywood can screw this one up. After nearly a three year delay since shooting, Miramax is set to release “The Great Raid” in early December.
Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order fame) will star as Colonel Henry “Hank” Mucci. If you know the story of the Colonel and his band of Raiders, then you have had the same thoughts as I.
Regardless of the number times Hollywood gets it wrong or wanders off into their own ideological pile of excrement, they can’t screw this one up. In short, there is no way for Hollywood to dip the facts with sentimentalism, anti-war messages, or downright Anti-Americanism. The story, on its own, requires no “poetic license” in an effort to spruce up the chronicle. It stands on its own, because the actual facts are incredible.

The screenplay of “The Great Raid” comes out of the pages of William B. Brue’s novel, “The Great Raid on Cabanatuan: Rescuing the Doomed Ghosts of Bataan and Corregidor.” The word from insiders is that the screenplay is a nearly a carbon copy of Brue’s historical reference. There was no need to beef up the story with stereotypical heroic embellishments. The simple fact of the matter is that the real story is more amazing that anything a room full of guild writers could come up with.

Colonel Henry Mucci took a discouraged artillery unit and turned them into the incredible 6th Ranger Battalion of WWII. He did it all in five months. The 6th Rangers took the lead in McArthur’s return to the Philippines three full days prior to the invasion of Leyte. Their spearhead of the retaking of Dinagat, Homonhon, and Suluan was only their opening curtain call. In the process they destroyed all Japanese defenses and captured more than 1,000 Japanese.
Their accomplishments are highlighted by a daring raid 30 miles behind Japanese lines in January of 1945. Colonel Mucci planned, led, and executed a mission to liberate the survivors of the Bataan Death March held at Cabanatuan, Luzon. They removed the prisoners, safely, through 20 miles of Japanese held territory carrying many of them on their backs. Mucci’s Rangers lost only two men in the entire mission.
The Japaneses weren't as fortunate. The entire prison guard structure was taken out like clockwork, as were over 1,000 reserve troops.

It’s an incredible story that is well researched in Brue’s novel. Considering the emphasis on the raid being motivated by the Japanese military’s propensity to execute American prisoners when forced to retreat, it’s clear in this true event who the good guys and bad guys are. The men of the 6th Ranger Battalion were, at the time, the best of the best. And, considering the absolute, no doubt about it, success of those men, it will be difficult for Miramax to hang their “make love not war” label on the chronicles of heroes.

So, no…I don’t think Hollywood can screw this one up.


Addendum:
There’s a Memorial Plaque down at Fort Benning honoring the men and leaders of the 6th Rangers. It reads:

“In Honor of the Men of the 6th Ranger Battalion who liberated the 512 Prisoners of War at Cabanatuan, Philippine Islands, 30 January 1945. This list courtesy of John Cook (POW) who honored the 6th Rangers & Alamo Scouts at the dedication of a Memorial Plaque located at Fort Benning, GA 1999.”

Led by:
LTC Henry A. Mucci, Ranger Hall of Fame 1998
CPT James C. Fisher
CPT Robert W. Prince, Ranger Hall of Fame 1999
1LT John F Murphy
1LT William J O'Connell
1LT Melville R Schmidt
1LT Clifford K Smith
1SG Robert G Anderson
1SG Charles H Bosard
1SG Ned H Hedrick
TSGT Melvin H Gilbert
TSGT Daniel H Watson
TSGT Ralph C Franks
SSG Floyd L Anderson
SSG Lyle C Bishop
SSG Charles W Brown
SSG William R Butler
SSG Thomas H Frick
SSG Clifford B Gudmunsen
SSG Clifton R Harris
SSG David M Hey
SSG James V Millican
SSG Norton S Most
SSG Richard A Moore
SSG Cleatus C Norton
SSG Preston N Jensen
SSG Mike Koren Tec 5 Bernard L Haynes
Tec 5 Edward L Biggs
Tec 5 Patrick H Marquis
Tec 5 Francis R Schilli
Tec 5 William A Lawyer
Tec 5 Robert W White
Tec 5 Dalton H Garrett
Tec 5 Alymer C Jinkins
Pfc Vernon N Abbott
Pfc Donald A Adams
Pfc Warren M Bell
Pfc John D Blannett
Pfc James W Conley
Pfc William F Crumpton
Pfc Carlton O Dietzel
Pfc Virgil S Dixon
Pfc Waverty R Duke
Pfc Eugene H Dykes
Pfc Edwin G Enstrom
Pfc Howard R Fortenberry
Pfc Mariano Garde
Pfc William H Garrison
Pfc Thomas A Grace, Jr
Pfc Paul J Grimm Pfc Merrie K Purtell
Pfc George H Randall
Pfc James M Reynolds
Pfc John B Richardson
Pfc Alvie D Robbins
Pfc Edgar L Rubie
Pfc Roy D Sebeck
Pfc Melvin P Shearer
Pfc Charles Q Snyder
Pfc Conrad J Solf
Pfc Buford K Spicer
Pfc Frank R St John
Pfc Robert C Straube
Pfc Peter P Superak
Pfc Charles S Swain
Pfc Russell J Swank
Pfc Ronald R Thomas
Pfc Gerhard J Tiede
Pfc Alexander E Truskowski
Pfc Jasper T Westmoreland
Pfc Ray E Williams
Pfc Joseph O Youngblood
SSG Lester L Malone
SSG John W Nelson
SSG Theodore Richardson
SSG August T Stern Jr
SSG Manton P Stewart
SSG James O White
SGT Claude R Howell
SGT Harry C Killough
SGT Milo C Mortensen
SGT Albert F Outwater, Jr
SGT Vance R Shears
SGT James M Tucker
SGT Leo M Wentland
SGT Arthur T Williams
Tec 4 Homer E Britzius
Tec 4 Robert L Camp
Cpl Martin T Estesen
Cpl Waymon E Finley
Cpl James B Herribk
Cpl Marvin W Kinder
Cpl John G Palomares
Cpl Roy F Sweezy
Cpl Robert L Ramsey Pfc Howard J Guillory
Pfc Dale F Harris
Pfc Norman F Higgins
Pfc Clarence W Heezen
Pfc Andrew J Herman
Pfc Frank C Huboda
Pfc F J Hughes
Pfc Edward N Knowles
Pfc Eugene J Kocsis
Pfc Edward Littleton
Pfc Joseph Lombardo
Pfc Alfred A Martin
Pfc Billy McElroy
Pfc Alfred J McGinnis
Pfc Ralph C Melendez
Pfc Leroy B Myerhoff
Pfc John V Pearson
Pfc Joseph M Pospishil
Pfc William H Proudfit
Pfc Edward Paluck
Pfc Jack A Peters
Pfc Roy B Peters
Pfc Alva A Polzine
Pfc Leland A Provencher




Additional Members of the Liberation
547th US Air Force Pilots
The Night Fighter, P-61 of the US Air Force to distract the Japanese Guards so the Scouts and the Rangers could get into positions around Camp, for the Raids.

Photographers of Combat Photo Unit F, 852nd Signal Service Battalion
1LT John W Luebddeke, OIC
Tec 4 Frank J Goetzheimer
Pfc Robert C Lautman
Pfc Wilbur B Goen

Capt Kenneth R Schneber
LT Bonnie B Rucks


6th US Army Alamo Scouts: "The Alamo Scouts preceded the Raid as to the surrounding of the camp and the approximate number of Japanese personnel in and around the camp"

Pfc Alfred Alphonso
Pfc Sabas Asis
Pfc Thomas Siason
1LT Thomas Rounsaville
1LT William Nellist
1LT John E Dove Pfc Rufo Vaquilar
Pfc Gilbert Cox
Pfc Francis Laquier Pfc Wilber Wismer
Pfc Andy Smith
SGT Harold Hard
SGT Galen Kittleson
Pfc Franklin Fox

Philippine Guerillas - There were approximately 284 Philippine Guerillas whom helped with the Raid on Cabanatuan, without their help who knows what may have happened, that night, Liberating 512 Prisoners of War after 34 months in prison.

Major Robert Lapham
Capt Juan Padota, Leader
Capt Eduardo Joson, Leader

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Monday, May 09, 2005

And now for the Simple-minded non-spook point-of-view…

Government Executive Magazine has an interesting piece up today in the Daily Briefing. Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte has hit the ground running and is shaking up the hierarchy of reporting within the CIA. In short, the Station Chiefs abroad may have a wake up call coming.

The intelligence agencies (all of them) have been harmfully politicized. Senior officials (some of which have departed, not voluntarily, thanks to Porter Goss) had treated their senior level intelligence positions as a forum of ideology. George Tenet comes to mind in this regard. Just before he was shown the door….and he was shown the door. He decided to release a report on Iraq prepared by the National Intelligence Council. It was stated that the report reflected input from a number of different intelligence agencies inclusive of the CIA. According to the report, there would be civil war throughout Iraq by 2005. I would remind everyone that this release was timed just at the dawn of the 2004 Election Campaigns.

It was a parting shot by a Washington bureaucrat hold-over from the Clinton Administration. The only reason he remained in his role was to provide the illusion that the CIA was operating on all cylinders. It was not. It still isn't. And, unless an effort is made to make individual Station Managers responsible for the humint, technological intel, and analysis coming out of their respective ground level operations there would be little to no accountability.

More to the point, Negroponte wants (has ordered) direct communication from the street to his office. No whitewashing to protect hind ends inside the beltway is a good start in this simpleton's opinion. Who do you want telling you what's going on in downtown Jakarta? The Station Chief "glaring out his window on Bekasi Raya or some middle management hack in a Langley cubicle hoping the latest humint doesn't contradict a previous report. In simple words….it is what it is. Playing "pass it down the line" was a nice exercise at camp. It doesn't wash in today's intelligence community.

Here's another thought.

A consistent, accurate, and results oriented operation falls on the shoulders of the station manager. The safety net of spreading blame throughout a tied down bureaucracy (all the way back to Washington) is no longer an option. This appears to be an attempt to place accountability on the Station Chief. As a result, the CIA Station Chief will be more apt to cooperate with other agencies less something should be missed. Provided this same approach is applied to the other intelligence (and law enforcement) agencies under Negroponte's domain, we should expect a similar attitude.

A final thought…

Since the early to mid-90's certain high level congressmen (read: Senator Robert Torricelli- D) has lobbied to disallow the intelligence community from forging contact relationships with "shady" characters. As a result, a significant void was created in the field. No longer were the "feelers" out there scraping up something of potential significance. In other words, the exact type people you want out shaking the trees were no longer available as a tool in the intelligence network. The US had lost it's "Huggy Bear." However, added pressure on Station Chiefs to produce valued and timely intelligence in whatever form will easily outweigh the perception of having "clean hands." The policy, known by its critics as the "Torricelli principle," requires that a top CIA official -- not a field officer -- approve the hiring of such informants.

Now I'm just a simpleton…a babe in the proverbial woods…an amateur mind you. But, I don't want mid-level bureaucrats inside the beltway attending to the hiring practices of CIA representatives working in Hamâh, Syria. I'd like to see the guy whose marbles are on the chopping block deciding on the roster that is most effective and efficient.

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What a Collective of Superficial, Patronizing Hogwash


Responding to the 2003 Jayson Blair "color by numbers" reporting fiasco where he simply made things up as he went along, the New York Times formed an internal committee to study the matter. It was their intention to present recommendations on how to increase reader confidence.

Here's most of what they came up with:

--making reporters and editors more accessible through e-mail
--reducing errors
--increasing coverage of middle America
--increasing coverage of religion



Here's some of what's missing:

--Removal of OpEd approach to hard news items

--Removal of By Lines that attempt to shape opinion in hard news items by inaccurately reflecting the story

--Standing Paul Krugman on his head and giving him an enema while carefully warning neighbors to seek high ground.

--Understanding that a majority of their potential readership (majority of the Country) does not subscribe to their general ideology or Newspaper.

--Understanding that labeling a faction "Middle America" confirms that their staff is NOT within that over simplified generalization. Readers would be much less wary of a media outlet that just refers to this country as "America."

--Understanding that coverage of a topic or an ideology does not translate to trust, honesty and integrity. Only a non-biased reflection of facts can do that.

--Over simplification of their failings can rarely assist in correcting those errors if the errors are never defined

--Ceasing the spiking of news stories that don't reflect the publication's understood political ideology.

--Ceasing the burying of news stories that don't reflect the publication's understood political ideology.

--Ceasing the commonality of regurgitating Democratic Talking points, and assisting in the strategic efforts of that party (read: Tom Delay)

--Using cheap ink that comes off on my damn hands worse than the toner of a busted photocopy machine (personal issue)

--Ceasing the practice of including editorials that have no defined author.

--Hiring personal assistant for Maureen Dowd to make sure she takes her medication regularly

--Applying all of the above items to their international sister (International Herald Tribune) so as to cease efforts in molding foreign opinion counter to the United States.

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Friday, May 06, 2005

Guess Again...



As this post will, no doubt, imply...I'm back.

The cover to the left is from The Economist (March 2004). The implication is that leadership supporting the Iraq efforts would suffer repercussions of their electorate, lose their respective elections, and be sent on their way(s).

The Economist was wrong...times three (3).

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Friday, March 25, 2005

Missing...



For those of you who continue to check this page for updates, I appreciate your persistence. Your endeavors have been fruitless I’m afraid.

Unfortunately, the last few weeks have been a blur. I’ve been spending quite a bit of time “across the pond.” This has negated all “free time.” Sacrifices had to be made. While I miss blogging to an extent, I can’t say I’m not enjoying the challenges and the experience. Things should get back to normal in the not too distant future. Of course, that’s dependant upon the unforeseen.
Cheers,
The Incessant Rant

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Friday, March 04, 2005

France & Yemen Sign Military Pact...

Trying to repress my cynical nature is always arduous when the French are involved. However, France signing a military pact with Yemen just may be a positive act.

Yemen is not too far displaced from the mid-1800's of the United States. The "Wild West" demeanor and widespread poverty has led to tribal conflicts, and commonplace smuggling of illegal wares. Additionally, and most importantly, the inability of law enforcement to properly address the growing crime brought on by adverse living conditions has led to a hotbed of radical Islamic fundamentalism (terrorist harboring).

With the current resources available to the Yemen Govt. there were not going to be too many changes to that scenario regardless of the intentions of the country's leaders.

Enter the French.

Under the new agreement signed by France and Yemen:

1. Radar will be set up and improved to assist in the deterrent of smuggling ships and planes

2. Joint naval exercises between France and Yemen will work to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

3. Joint Special Forces training on Yemeni Mountain Forces will better prepare troops to address rural threats, smuggling, as well as terrorist camps.

4. Arming of six gunboats sold by France to Yemen previously to assist in combating arms trade and drug trade.


While all of the above could be the advantageous to the "War on Terrorists," I can't help hearing a little voice in the back of my pointy head saying "Come on, it's the French." Perhaps there is an ulterior motive, because there usually is. There are a number of schemes that come to mind.

Perhaps French involvement in one of the most backward communities of South East Asia is to deter the US from taking aggressive actions to remedy the situation. Although, Yemen really hasn't been on the Bush Administration's radar of late. Perhaps, there are economic considerations related to petroleum products, which wouldn't be too far outside of the realm of possibility.

Or, there is always the chance that France is considering large investments into the Yemeni Islands in an effort to develop a vacation Mecca of sorts. That might sound a bit far fetched. However, Yemen, is clearly advertising for investors into their string of Red Sea Islands.
They are attempting to create a resort community throughout their island tracts in the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. The first step in luring investors is the perception of safety and stability.

Perhaps France is making a solid effort to assist Yemen in combating crime and terrorism. Or, perhaps they are just anticipating an economic opportunity with a perceived "new colony" flavor. After all, when it comes to the mentality of Old Europe, perception is "9/10's of the flaw."

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Thursday, March 03, 2005

U hebt reeds verloren.

U hebt reeds verloren.

It’s a pretty simple Dutch sentiment meaning “You have already lost.” Unfortunately, these four little words sum up how the Dutch have met the challenge of radical Islamic Fundamentalism. They are statues of humanity creating the letter “N” with their submissive bodies. That is the formation created when one places one’s head firmly in the sand and one’s hands high in the air.
Some would argue that I am ignoring the current arrests of various radical Muslims who were apprehended after issuing death threats. They would tell me that the attempts to void Dutch Nationality of some of these offenders were a strong deterrent to the avocation of murderous behavior. They might even bring up the plans to expel three Muslim propagators of radical Muslim fundamentalism as proof positive that the Netherlands was serious about combating terrorism.

Tell that to Geert Wilders and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. As members of Dutch Parliament, they have been the recipients of death threats so numerous and legitimate that Wilders has resorted to sleeping in a local prison cell at night for his protection. He no longer answers his own telephone. The ability to perform the duties of democracy within his beloved Netherlands is compromised by the perceived threats to his life by radical Islamic fundamentalists. In short, the terrorists dictate his life while he consistently and continuously lives in fear. The terrorists have won.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s existence is not too much different. Her residence of choice these days is a naval base. However, her bodyguards sometimes deliver her to varying hotels. Again, the law abiding politician is on the run. She is terrified of the consequences of living a normal life because of the threats to her life by radical Islamic fundamentalists. It was her name in a letter attached to the corpse of Theo Van Gogh warning that her days were numbered. The terrorists have won in her case as well as she lives like a nomad in ongoing fear.

Now, consider the difference in mentality of our own country. With the exception of the "little girl", Mark Dayton (Dem-Minn) who ran home to Minnesota over some bogus terrorism threat in Washington D.C., it is pretty much business as usual. Sure, the safeguards have been raised, and vigilance is more of a religion than good advice. However, the only politician of record that seems to be sleeping in prison these days is James Traficant. And, he is on a well earned extended stay program.

The Netherlands have already lost, because they are not unwilling to confront the enemy within their midst. The mindset is that the “victim” need adjust to the threat. Their approach should be that the criminal/murderer/ conspirer of illegality be made to adjust their lifestyle so as to conform to civility. Failure to do so should be met with extreme and swift justice. Then perhaps the proper folks will be sleeping behind bars on a regular basis.

U oogst wat u zaait (You reap what you sow).

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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Iran Starting to Percolate

My 2005 New Year's predictions included a paragraph on Iran. My guess was that Iran would be host to massive internal protest. Their inflation rates have been through the roof. The Govt. has held wages (in some cases) seven months in arrears. Medical providers are nearly defunct on a national level since the Govt. decided to privatize the industry. Some estimates place the number of bankrupt medical providers in Iran at over 75%.
All these facts, and more have suggested that Iran is a powder keg of discontent with the potential to weigh heavily of how the Clerics address pressure to discontinue their pursuit of Nuclear weapons. That discontent is starting to get revved up.

In the last week:

1. Various protests and strikes are breaking out countrywide

2. Sangroud Coal miners are marching on Tehran to demand their wages and the attention to safety shortfalls

3. 650 West Alborz Coal miners are into their fourth week of a strike for safer working conditions

4. 800 workers of the Chahar Mahal Bakhtiyari province Hydroelectric plant demonstrated right in front of the Shahr-Durd government building demanding back wages.

5. 100 teachers protested outside a government building demanding suitable permanent jobs promised by the Iranian Government.

6. 250 workers gathered in Rasht to protest the closing of a factory due to "bad weather" when the real reason was the failure of the Govt. to pay back wages.

Iran Focus provides a few more details on the above. Other Iranian protests in the last few months here & here...


UPDATE:
Heh...the State owned DP Iran (routed through Amsterdam) made a visit...via the Ministry of Information in beautiful downtown Tehran...Nice smile and a wave everyone...

Visitor Detail: 2 March 2005
HostName : 62.193.xx.xxx
IP : 62.193.xx.xxx
Last Visit : New
ISP: DP IRAN
Country: IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF
Region/State: TEHRAN
City: TEHRAN
Domain: Ministry of Information
Language: Farsi
Browser: MSIE [Win XP]
Screen Res: 800x600 4 Billion colors (32 bit)

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Saturday, February 19, 2005

Long Live Expedia...and Capt. Morgan's


Well, here's the background. In the last year I have participated in somewhere in the realm of 50 Civil Trials, 4 Catastrophe event oversights, and 35+ audits/diligence evaluations. I've racked up more frequent flyer miles and rewards points than humans should be allowed to have. That's just the surface.
So, as CPAC started up this past week I was all set to take a couple days and attend once again. The thing is...I much rather hang in The Keys sipping rum laden concoctions and spending most of the day motivating myself to do a little diving. Expedia is, quite simply, one of our generation's greatest inventions. Booked and confirmed in less than 10 minutes...

CPAC came in a distant 2nd. So I wasted a couple bills on tickets and such. It's worth it. I'll be AWOL for the next week, and may return sometime next weekend provided I don't stumble across a low overhead highly profitable opportunity.

Incidentally, there's a pretty good chance you can catch me on webcam at the Hog's Breath at some point during the week. I'll be the tall guy slumped and slurring with a stupid grin and a satiated spirit.
Cheers,
IR

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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

On Vacation without Computation...

On vacation...hiatus...break...whatever...

Unless someone steals my passwords and decides to comment, this space on the net will be inactive for about a week.

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Sunday, February 13, 2005

Valentine to the Troops...and theirs...



Here's a bit of a video Valentine to the Troops and those that they hold close. The theme is pretty simple. Distance can be overcome by one's mind and dreams.

This one is set to "Here Without You" by 3 Doors Down.

The reduced (lesser quality) video is available through this link. It comes in just over 4 megs.

The non-reduced version can be seen through this link. If you've got the goods, go for it. It's a volumious 23 megs.

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Saturday, February 12, 2005

"By God, that woman wears pants"

Watching those card carrying members of the agenda driven media try to hang an albatross around the neck of Lt. General James N. Mattis is reminiscent of a departed great uncle of mine.

The Lt. General, you will recall was the Marine who let go of this little gem.

"Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. You know, it's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up front with you, I like brawling."


Followed by a nice healthy helping of:

"You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them."

My great uncle was a coal miner his entire life. Much of his quality years were spent in less than ideal conditions, with less than perfect health consequences. It took a certain sort of determination and roughness to persevere. He was deaf as a door stop, and had a touch of black lung disease most of his 99 years. So, when he was in a public place that might not appreciate the full decibel brunt of his enhanced conversation he could have cared less. Great Uncle George used his “portable Walkman” voice out of necessity, not out of rudeness. Although, I believe his exact words in one flagrant conversation included the exclamation that “hearing aids were for old ladies and safe crackers.” I might have toned down his comments a tad. The man had a tendency to use expletives as adjectives.

He’d get some glances of disapproval when his voice carried across the parking lot, through the movie theater, or on the airliner. He saw the looks, and to be perfectly blunt in his own true essence, he didn’t give a good shit. He was plain spoken, loved a good joke, and didn’t mind reminding folks that life is a colorful experience that is best served sans earth tones.

He would have been on the phone to me the minute he read about the comments that came out of Lt. Gen. Mattis’ mouth. He would have been looking for some way to send the “jarhead” a case of the hometown brew from the Yuengling Brewery on Pottsville’s hillside. Nothing said “well done” like a case of Black and Tan in Great uncle George’s book. And, you had to do something he deemed worthy of recognition. That was no easy task.

My great uncle would have used one of his trademark lines had he been around to hear Lt. Gen. Mattis speak his mind.

“Now there’s a man who knows his God Damned job.”

Rough edges? Sure. But, Great Uncle George was one of the most decent men I’ve known. He didn’t have time for what he called “egg shell walkers.” He pulled me aside out of the blue one time at a relative’s birthday party and told me he had some advice for me. He’d had a couple beverages by that time, so I knew in advance that there wouldn’t be much of a buffer zone filtering out the crux. I’ll admit it now. I was his favorite nephew. So, by default, I was his well intentioned depository for aged wisdom.

Hand on my shoulder he looked me straight in the eye and gave it to me straight.

“If you say it…and you mean it…then damn it, make sure you sign your God Damned name to it.”

Great Uncle George would have liked the fact that Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis “signed” his God Damned name to it. Quite frankly, I think there are quite a few Marines who feel the same way.

That’s my take on the Lt. General’s comments. Kathleen Parker has her own take in the New Hampshire Union Leader. I like her view as well. Great uncle George might have offended her a bit in his take of her OpEd. However, she would have had to have known him to realize that his comments were a compliment and not a sexist attack. Great uncle George would have said, just a little louder than necessary…

By God, that woman wears pants.”

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