By Gunnery Sergeant John McClain, USMC, Retired
For two hundred and thirty odd years, the U.S. Marine Corps has held high honors as a fighting force, a force in readiness, and demonstrated to the world, dedication to principle, a fearless fighting force of men who have chosen to run in to the gun fire, and let the fallen lay where they are while fulfilling the mission, no matter what the costs.
This comes not out of special tactics, we don’t have different plans, secret special abilities, but we all have one thing in common which is the sole driving force keeping Marines the premier fighting force in the world today: we live on the history of our Corps, the honor of all those who went before us, and while others teach their newest recruits all sorts of things, The Corps teaches its maggots the history of the Marines who set the standard for each succeeding generation.
The most important aspect of the success of the Marine Corps is the fact every Marine has been confronted a thousand times and more with the picture of meeting a long gone Marine in the hereafter, and being confronted with doing less than all, being considered less than worthy of the title, being patted on the head and hearing “that’s all right, not everyone has it in them to be sufficient”.
We have always fought for the Marine on our left and on our right, but never without the sure and certain knowledge we were doing it with a hundred thousand more Marines, looking down upon us, and judging whether we put the whole of our heart before the enemy, knowing anything less is simply “not good enough to be Marine”.
Almost four years ago, Zero told America he was intent on establishing a civil corps as large as our military, for the purpose of bolstering law enforcement, reducing crime, but in truth doing neither more nor less than vastly increasing the government by police forces to further encroach on our personal actions.
The public was not amused, mass protests were lodged with Congress, no member of Congress failed to hear loud and clear, we would not abide with such a plan. In the mean time, the executive branch, under the guidance of Zero, has essentially assumed vast expansions of its self with no regard for the law or constitution. The crimes it has committed range from conspiracy to defraud the electorate, to waging war on a sovereign Nation, Mexico.
Just weeks ago, the Marine Corps announced it had just completed the training of three battalions of Military Police, 1500 MP’s, to be used both in Afghanistan and Iraq, to help train the respective civil police forces, and to help with border patrol tasks, and civil unrest here in America, should there be a state of emergency.
When a reporter asked why Marine Military Police, specifically, he was told it was because of our historic success, and the level of training being such that Marines serving in a state of emergency would likely have the responsibility and self-control to serve as police, and be able to separate that task from the general warfighting skills, because they do such, each and every day in their general actions as Military Police.
I don’t believe any of that for one minute. The one thing all Marines have in common is the fact we are all trained to be “every Marine a Rifleman, First”, and the emphasis on this is greater than everything else combined, throughout training, and throughout service in any unit worthy of its history.
Call me cynical, but I believe this entire plan, from initiating it without announcement, no fanfare, and only a trailer announcement, after the fact, suggests it is our first qualifications as Marines that was the noted property desired, our “instant willing obedience” to orders, to a degree no other service contends. I believe this to be the reason it was not the Army’s vast numbers of MP’s chosen for this, but the Marine Corps’ comparatively tiny contingent. Chosen because first, last and always, Marines are warriors, and such that garner the name Teufel Hunden (Hounds from Hell) or “leather-necks” and “those insufferable sons of bitches”; because we don’t quit.
I know that when Hitler decided to go all the way, he took highly regarded military forces, turned into his own SS, and from it, formed what we all know as “the brown shirts”. As any Luftwaffe Paratrooper what he thought of the SS, you’ll get an answer that will chill you to the bone. Ask any Soldier who ever served with General Rommel, or the General himself, about the SS, and their connection to the military, and you will hear nothing but derision.
When Hitler established the SS, he changed a military unit which had an Venerable reputation, and turned them into a civil insurrection control Corps, and turned them from Soldiers with Honor, into murderers, torturers, and a personal force capable of defending the most depraved abuse of people we have gotten the films to watch.
I think the Marine Military Police were selected precisely because they are expected to revert to their war-fighting training if they are ever called upon to quell a civil uprising. I believe their selection was precisely because they can be depended upon to fall back on first training, and capable, and then willing to turn killing on Americans. I believe the Marines were chosen because lots of political advisors see them as being capable of becoming the next set of “brown shirts”.
Copyright August 9th, 2012 by Gulf1