This former Marine sums the whole thing up pretty well. I've said about all I've got to say about it over the years in previous posts.
Beirut, Lebanon 1982- 1983
Today's Memorial Service at 8th and I.
This ceremony took place today, at the Headquarters of the Marine Corps, 8th &I, Washington, D.C.
I was taken aback at how Colonel Gerlach looked. You always remember people in your mind the way they looked when you last saw them, even if you know they aren't that way anymore.
I liked the Vice Presidents speech, but I got more and more anxious as it went on. Those Marines standing out there were probably going through burning feet and hurting leg muscles. People who make speeches with troops behind them should remember how hard it is to stand there like that for long periods.
Nobody from Barrack Hussein's entourage ever attended a memorial service on this anniversary. Those wretches gave the Iranians airplanes full of cash, when what they should have done is make Iran glow in the dark. I live in hope that someday, the Israelis will turn Iran into radioactive slag.
That would be some small measure of justice.