Sunday, November 07, 2004

U.S. Marine ground forces ringing Fallujah are coil-spring-loaded and ready to strike when given the "go." Weapons have been cleaned, K-Bar fighting knives sharpened, deuce-gear packed, ammunition issued, and vehicles are gassed-up and ready to move out.
Earlier today, Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, commanding the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, fired-up his leathernecks with a stirring pre-game pep-talk and blessing. "God bless you, each and every one," he said, according to an Associated Press report. "You know what your mission is. Go out there and get it done."
They surely will... but it won't be easy.
Sgt. Maj. Carlton W. Kent compared the coming ground assault to some of the Corps' epic fights like Inchon, Iwo Jima, and Hue.
For a better understanding of this new generation of young men - the ones about to launch this offensive - read my piece, Return of the Marines (NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE).

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