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Boosting military

October 27, 2013

To our military, to be read as Gunnery Sargent R. Lee Ermey would speak it: I am a Citizen of the United States of America and this is my military....

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Capricorn1

Oct-27-13 5:48 AM

It's no secret that democratic leadership has historically believed in less military spending, although this administration is determined to cut forces to levels we haven't seen since WWII. The greatest deterrent of war is the strength of our military. Our enemies are well aware of our open borders and the planned reduction of our military.

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USABorn

Oct-27-13 6:42 AM

Excellent letter Mr. Weigle!

Francine get your head out of the sand! You had better do some research before you make such a comment which is nothing more than a huge steaming load of horse MAN URE!

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CMReeder

Oct-27-13 8:35 AM

You all know that Emery is a honorary Marine. An actor playing a role.

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eriklatranyi

Oct-27-13 8:40 AM

President Obama has fired over 197 military commanders (Colonel and above) since taking office.

This is the largest reshuffling of the military by any administration in the history of this nation.

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GoBB62

Oct-27-13 8:53 AM

Wrong again chuckles!!

From IMDb:

A talented character actor known for his military roles, Ronald Lee Ermey was in the United States Marine Corps for 11 years. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant, and later was bestowed the honorary rank of Gunnery Sergeant by the Marine Corps, after he served 14 months in Vietnam and later did two tours in Okinawa, Japan.

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MarineMP

Oct-27-13 9:00 AM

Chuckles is the village idiot again today! Congrats! Again, offered more proof that he knows not of what he speaks... Typical liberal.

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Premier

Oct-27-13 9:21 AM

You all know that Reeder is a real imbecile. A liberal playing role of a sane person.

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djzlucky

Oct-27-13 9:36 AM

This letter is ridiculous and based on nothing but preconceived, biased, and just plain wrong ideas.

I served under Bush and Clinton and can speak for others that have served under multiple presidents. The person in the Oval Office matters very little to those with their boots on the ground. Yes, many have personal and private political views but in the end all we really cared about was the person fighting beside us.

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CMReeder

Oct-27-13 9:51 AM

He is an actor playing a role.

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CMReeder

Oct-27-13 9:53 AM

He has an honorary.

But you all accept him as the ultimate truth.

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GoBB62

Oct-27-13 9:59 AM

"He is an actor playing a role."

And you are in denial. But, hey, let's not let the facts get in the way

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gavinf56

Oct-27-13 10:26 AM

"Born in Emporia, Kansas, Ermey enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1961. Ermey was a drill instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California, and Parris Island, South Carolina from 1965 to 1967. Ermey served in Vietnam 14 months with the Marine Wing Support Group 17 beginning in 1968. He then served two tours of duty in Okinawa, Japan, during which he rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6) and was medically discharged in 1972 for several injuries incurred during his tours." - Wikipedia

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FortySixand2

Oct-27-13 10:35 AM

Gee, Mr Chickenhawk Weigle, that was a low down nasty thing to do to put our 241 Marines in such a vulnerable position as the barracks in Beirut. Yeah, then President Reagan (never served) turned tail and ran right out of Lebanon. Well, to be fair and show some resolve he had us invade Grenada. What is it with Republic presidents and invading the wrong countries?

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GoBB62

Oct-27-13 10:42 AM

"Yeah, then President Reagan (never served)" - 46 IQ

Reagan was in the Army.

You libs are 0 for 2 today.

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FortySixand2

Oct-27-13 10:50 AM

I'm a veteran and it always mystifies me why cons think they "own" service to country. You dishonor anyone who's ever served by attempting to politically speak for them. Words are cheap anyway. Don't speak for a veteran if you never put on the uniform yourself.

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FortySixand2

Oct-27-13 10:57 AM

My bad, Reagan did serve in the 1st Motion Picture Unit!

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gavinf56

Oct-27-13 10:57 AM

Just a thought, but it has never stopped former President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, or President Obama from speaking for them.

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gavinf56

Oct-27-13 10:59 AM

After completing fourteen home-study Army Extension Courses, Reagan enlisted in the Army Enlisted Reserve on April 29, 1937, as a private assigned to Troop B, 322nd Cavalry at Des Moines, Iowa. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Officers Reserve Corps of the cavalry on May 25, 1937. Reagan was ordered to active duty for the first time on April 18, 1942. Due to his nearsightedness, he was classified for limited service only, which excluded him from serving overseas. His first assignment was at the San Francisco Port of Embarkation at Fort Mason, California, as a liaison officer of the Port and Transportation Office. Upon the approval of the Army Air Force (AAF), he applied for a transfer from the cavalry to the AAF on May 15, 1942, and was assigned to AAF Public Relations and subsequently to the First Motion Picture Unit (officially, the "18th Army Air Force Base Unit") in Culver City, California. On January 14, 1943, he was promoted to first lieutenant - Wiki

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gavinf56

Oct-27-13 11:00 AM

and was sent to the Provisional Task Force Show Unit of This Is The Army at Burbank, California.[37] He returned to the First Motion Picture Unit after completing this duty and was promoted to captain on July 22, 1943.[34] In January 1944, Reagan was ordered to temporary duty in New York City to participate in the opening of the Sixth War Loan Drive. He was re-assigned to the First Motion Picture Unit on November 14, 1944, where he remained until the end of World War II.[34] He was recommended for promotion to major on February 2, 1945, but this recommendation was disapproved on July 17 of that year.[38] While with the First Motion Picture Unit in 1945, he was indirectly involved in discovering actress Marilyn Monroe.[39] He returned to Fort MacArthur, California, where he was separated from active duty on December 9, 1945.[38] By the end of the war, his units had produced some 400 training films for the AAF. - cont'd from Wiki

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Capricorn1

Oct-27-13 11:29 AM

Francine, where in my comment did I agree with the letter writer one way or the other. I was simply commenting in regards to the title of the letter, Boosting Military. Although I do agree that political correctness often negatively influences ranking commanders, and that was one of the main reasons for my retirement from the Corps. The more rank you achieve, the more political the game becomes and I just found it to take away from the very reason I served. I believe Mr. Weigle is exaggerating somewhat and I doubt he means no disrespect to the younger men and women in the service. I believe he directs his disdain to the high ranking Commanders who allow politics and political correctness to influence their decisions, to which I agree.

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rmiller

Oct-27-13 1:37 PM

Respectful letter, Mr. Weigel.

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eriklatranyi

Oct-27-13 1:42 PM

Mr. Reeder and FortySixand2 both demonstrate the liberal tactic of being liars.

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rmiller

Oct-27-13 1:52 PM

Francine,

I don't see Mr. Weigel's letter as denigrating the Marines at all. I do see him suggesting that we weaken our military when we change what made it strong in the first place. He listed those qualities. I am a child of a career Air Force Intelligence Lifer, a wife of a career Army Msg. Sgt, and cousins who have also served their lives in other branches, to include the marines. I didn't find this letter offensive by any means, rather cautionary.

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FortySixand2

Oct-27-13 1:55 PM

Hey Scatwipe Gavin, POTUS doesn't speak "politically" for the service men and women.

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FortySixand2

Oct-27-13 2:02 PM

Hey *******Latranyiiii, show me where I'm lying. I said my bad to Reagan not serving. He did really important work for the War effort.....He helped discover Marilyn Monroe while in the Motion Picture Unit!

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