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Date Posted: Tue, February 08 2005, 16:35:35
Author: Wayne Gregory
Author Host/IP: netcache-3001.bay.webtv.net / 209.240.205.60
Subject: Re: Lt. General James Mattis (USMC)
In reply to: Jeff Northridge 's message, "Lt. General James Mattis (USMC)" on Tue, February 08 2005, 14:12:55

Hey guys, let's not forget General Clark is a decorated Vietnam Vet. US Army. Just because soft words flow or peaceful inclinations from ones lips, is no reason to second guess. I think his record, when it counted speaks volumes. The Corps is renowned for it's bravado, in combat, in training, and in slop shoots. The Generals words were "pure" Corps. I was thinking back in time to the 60's, and what the instructors said is unprintable in public. That's the way it should be. There was a battle cry in Nam, (more of a joke), it was about "I'd ship over for one good fire fight." Everyone would laugh at the insanity of the thought, but I swear that some guys meant it.

I recall there was a certain realization when one enters a combat zone. We won all the battles in training with blanks and pop up targets. I do not recall thinking about the two way street until being "there." The inner battle then begins, to keep that bravado intact to a degree. It is useless to think about the broader picture because your job is front and center. Tunnel vision is a must to keep it together. It is not ours to question, but to accomplish.

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