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so. the single largest casualty rate for any unit in Iraq was… - don't let the bastards grind you down.
so. the single largest casualty rate for any unit in Iraq was against a 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines unit. that unit was 3rd Platoon, Company "E".

most battallions have an Echo company. just about all echo companies have a 3rd platoon. they're not remarkable in any fashion...there are probably 40 "3rd Plt, E. Co". in the marine corps.

interestingly enough, i was in one. interestingly enough, i knew the platoon commander, 2ndLT John Wroblewski. interestingly enough, we went to OCS together, attached to Iselin, NJ.

did i know the guy? no. he was a year younger. he was also much more athletic than me...i remember that from doing physical fitness tests with the guy. i was scoring 240-270, he was scoring 285-295. and that was BEFORE training. he got a 300 in the middle of training.

my best friend, though, knew the guy well. was in his platoon at OCS. said the guy was a real workhorse... somebody to look up to.

folks, the way our military is getting used today...it's not the way it was designed to get used, and it's not the way it SHOULD be used. if you want to take the fight to the terrorists, fine....i'm with you. syria? check. afghanistan? check. lebanon? maybe not so much...we'll talk about it. iraq, iran, n. korea...nope, bad targets. they don't harbor terrorists. we should have gone into indonesia (east timor, anybody?) before iraq.

yet we were sent into iraq, and good people, like 2ndLT Wroblewski have died. i don't mourn him...he signed up, he knew it was possible. i feel awful for his wife Joanna, who was pretty damn cute, and who was happy yet nervous when he joined the USMC. i feel awful for his parents.

folks. i feel awful for this country. we need to show the world that we don't agree with sending people to their deaths because of lies.

the buck...it's supposed to be passed all the way to the top. and it's supposed to stop there. a better man than george w. bush understood that.
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careena From: careena Date: September 2nd, 2004 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I hadn't known you were a former. Huh.
draksila From: draksila Date: September 7th, 2004 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Agreed on all points. Our fighting men and women are a sword levelled at those who threaten us, not a club with which to beat upon the heads of those we have grudges against.
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