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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-05-06 07:52 AM
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"Be polite, be professional and have a plan to kill everyone you meet"
Edited on Wed Jul-05-06 08:06 AM by bigtree
July 5, 2006

Insurgency Hotbed
In Ramadi, Fetid Quarters and Unrelenting Battles


By DEXTER FILKINS
RAMADI, Iraq, July 4
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/05/world/middleeast/05ra...
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/12739

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Be Polite, and Ready to Kill

One of the "habits of mind" drilled into the marines from posters hung up inside: "Be polite, be professional and have a plan to kill everyone you meet."

The humor runs dark, too. On a sheet of paper hung up in the Government Center, marines wrote down suggestions for their company's T-shirt once they go home. Most are unprintable, but here is one that got a lot of laughs: "Kilo Company: Killed more people than cancer."

{snip}

Some of the marines have been hit by so many bombs that they almost shrug when they go off. On Sunday a Humvee carrying four marines on a patrol dropped off a reporter and photographer for The New York Times at the Government Center. The Humvee rumbled 100 yards down the road and struck a bomb. No one was killed, and the marines returned to base as if they had encountered nothing more serious than a fender bender.

"It's my fifth," said Cpl. Jonathan Nelson, 21, of Brooklyn. "It's the best feeling in the world to get by one and live like bungee jumping."


more:
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/12739
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/05/world/middleeast/05ra...

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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-05-06 08:48 AM
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1. devastating report
:kick:
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genie_weenie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-05-06 10:12 AM
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2. Yet, many can't understand why
a Marine would make a sick and twisted song...

Kicked so that the Lay "death" doesn't overshadow the guys in Iraq.
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-05-06 10:17 AM
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3. lovely
but then that is what they are taught. To kill not to be "peacemakers".
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Bigmack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-05-06 11:04 AM
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4. I've wondered all along...
about the sweet stories about our soldiers and Marines. This dark stuff sounds exactly like the Corps when I was in ...... "Killed more people than cancer." That sounds real.

That plan to save the town by destroying it sounds familiar, too. Candy bars for the kids and Willie Pete later in the day.
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-05-06 11:17 AM
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5. very typical of their training
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-05-06 05:47 PM
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6. .
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-05-06 05:48 PM
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7. Sounds like Ralph Reed
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