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  •  Marines have been used as brute beasts. (1+ / 0-)
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    George3

    Not leaders. Followers. Guns with two legs.

    "Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy."

    -- Henry Kissinger, from a telephone conversation

    Sacrificing these animals is nothing new. Ignoring their safety is par for the course among politicians, particularly from patriotic scumballs. We'll have to see what O'Donnell says about Beirut Lebanon in 1983.

    That's the U.S. embassy up on Rue de Paris after the April 18th 1983 truck bomb. Then fast-forward to October 23rd 1983:

    The Marine BLT Barrack was not defended.

    63 dead at the embassy. 241 dead at the barracks. Guys dying under the concrete two and three days later.

    Ronald Reagan and his creeps forgot the embassy bombing. Also, Robert McFarlane (Regan's ANSA and area manager) got approval to fire naval guns (5"/127mm) into Shi'ia and Druze villages up hill from Beirut. No one court martialed, nobody fired.

    No management. No quality control.

    "They Came In Peace" as the motto -- lying that firing the naval guns and sending billions of weapons to Saddam Hussein (to kill Iranians) hadn't helped bring on the attack.

    If you're firing big guns at Muslims in Lebanon 1983, you're not neutral. You're at war on the side of the Maronite Christians.

    Marines ??? Lord knows how many votes they got for Reagan the Hero in 1984 ?

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