from a marine perspective.. it's a big ass no-no to not have my weapon within reach at all times while in theater... if there was a list of 10 Marine commandments, it would be in the top 3 for sure.
there is a time and place for everything.. flexing political and PC muscles for a SecDef dog and pony show is not that time or place though.
i'm perfectly fine with the afghans being disarmed and the marines retaining theirs at hand... I have absolutely zero problem with that scenario whatsoever.
i mean, you have to consider that Marines can and do get punished for not having thier weapons with them .. even in safe areas where risk is minimum
This brings back memories of the phantom rifle I used to have after I came off a deployment... Waking up in the middle of the night and freaking out because I couldn't find my rifle -- then remembering I'd turned it in to the armory days ago.
I would've taken some lance corporal's place as a gear guard.
Our inability to shut down Al Queada's retreat into Pakistan because we didn't have enough firepower surrounding Tora Bora has led to a decade's-long involvement in a war we never should have created.
How can you teach someone the above quote, then make them useless?"This is my rifle. There are many like it but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my rifle is useless. Without my rifle I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy, who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will. Before God I swear this creed: my rifle and myself are defenders of my country, we are the masters of my enemy, we are the saviors of my life. So be it, until there is no enemy, but peace. Amen."
You simply do not separate the soldier from the weapon anywhere in-country, ever.
HELPING HILLARY PICK OUT HER INAUGURAL GOWN!The jokes write themselves!
What does this tell you? The military is really good at drilling **** into your head that make you a better weapon.
That is their job.
to believe the bull**** is yours.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
I may be wrong.