Sunday, February 04, 2007

A MARINE'S SIDE OF THE STORY..

In response to the news blurb about the Marine who put two rounds in a wounded insurgent's head in Fallujah, here's a response from a Marine:

It's a safety issue pure and simple. After assaulting through a target, we put a security round in everybody's head.

Sorry al-Reuters, there's no paddy wagon rolling around Fallujah picking up "prisoners" and offering them a hot cup a joe, falafel, and a blanket. There's no time to dick around on the target. You clear the space, dump the chumps, and move on.

Are Corpsman expected to treat wounded terrorists? Negative. Hey liberals, worried about the defense budget? Well, it would be waste, fraud, and abuse for a Corpsman to expend one man-minute or a battle dressing on a terrorist. Its much cheaper to just spend the $.02 on a 5.56mm FMJ.

Let me be very clear about this issue. I have looked around the web, and many people get this concept, but there are some stragglers.

Here is your situation Marine: You just took fire from unlawful combatants (no uniform - breaking every Geneva Convention rule there is) shooting from a religious building attempting to use the sanctuary status of their position as protection.

But you're in Fallujah now, and the Marine Corps has decided that they're not playing that game this time. That was Najaf.

So you set the mosque on fire and you hose down the terrorists with small arms, launch some AT-4s (Rockets), some 40MM grenades into the building and things quiet down. So you run over there, and find some tangos (bad guys) wounded and pretending to be dead.

You are aware that suicide martyrdom is like really popular with these idiots, and they think taking some Marines with them would be really cool. So you can either risk your life and your fire team's lives by having them cover you while you bend down and search a guy that you think is pretending to be dead for some reason.

Most of the time these are the guys with the grenade or vest made of explosives. Also, you don't know who or what is in the next room You're already speaking English to the rest of your fire team or squad which lets the terrorist know you are there and you are his enemy. You are speaking loud because your hearing is poor from shooting people for several days.

So you know that there are many other rooms to enter, and that if anyone is still alive in those rooms, they know that Americans are in the mosque.

Meanwhile (3 seconds later), you still have this terrorist (that was just shooting at you from a mosque) playing possum

What do you do? You double tap his head, and you go to the next room, that's what!!!

What about the Geneva Convention and all that Law of Land Warfare stuff? What about it. Without even addressing the issues at hand, your first thought should be, "I'd rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6."

Bear in mind that this tactic of double tapping a fallen terrorist is a perpetual mindset that is reinforced by experience on a minute by minute basis.

Secondly, you are fighting an unlawful combatant in a Sanctuary, which is a double No-No on his part.

Third, tactically you are in no position to take "prisoners" because there are more rooms to search and clear, and the behavior of said terrorist indicates that he is up to no good.

No good in Fallujah is a very large place and the low end of no good and the high end of no good are fundamentally the same . Marines end up getting hurt or die. So there is no compelling reason for you to do anything but double tap this idiot and get on with the mission.

If you are a veteran, then everything I have just written is self evident.

If you are not a veteran, then at least try to put yourself in the situation. Remember, in Fallujah there is no yesterday, there is no tomorrow, there is only now. Right NOW. Have you ever lived in NOW for a week? It is really, really not easy.

If you have never lived in NOW for longer than it takes to finish the big roller coaster at Six Flags, then shut your hole about putting Marines in jail for "War Crimes".

Froggy OUT

***So let the military do their job! Before this happens: click on this link!*** ^..^

And this: Hagel Expects Compromise Resolution On Iraq To Pass

hat tip to Louise: Oh!! What a surprise!!

10 comments:

Joanne said...

Those marines don't owe those terrorists a damn thing.

dcat said...

No they don't Joanne! I agree!

The Griper said...

i'm in agreement. the first order of combat is self preservation. that mean us first the enemy second not the other way around. this war not a civilian police action.

btw dc i owe you and many others an apology for not posting your comments on my site and thanking you for visiting. didn't realize i had moderator on. then bows to the lovely lady in begging forgiveness.

dcat said...

No problem griper!

I sometimes don't make it back to see.

Um what did I say??? LOL

The Griper said...

lol. shows my ignorance dc it was only today that i realizes it after many months online. you were very kind in your comments.

dcat said...

Oh that is a good thing :D

Mike's America said...

Dcat: You gone on vacation again or just into hiding from the burka patrol?

dcat said...

No Mike wish I was on vacation!!!

Hide me?! HELL NO!

The Griper said...

have you heard of the new Democratic strategy for aiding and abetting the insurgents in Iraq? read this;
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0207/2751.html

Tom said...

Excellent post!

If the Liberals went into combat, they would have been carried out while trying to "talk" with these loons.

BTW - adding you to my blogroll.