Happy Birthday, Marines!

My, how time flies.  It’s hard to believe that it’s been a mere 233 years since the United States Marines came into being.  Here’s the official video from General James T. Conway, 34th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, which reminds us that the very first strike the Islamists made against America was in 1983, against the Marines:

I do agree that an Obama administration will do its best to weaken the Marine Corps, but he’s a flash in the pan as comapred to the Marines’ lengthy and honorable history.  Stick to your core values, guys and gals, and you will outlast whatever this administration throws at you.

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  • suek

    You too can give them a birthday gift…along with the other branches.


  • http://connectthedots2006.blogspot.com ConnectTheDots

    Book, I love your reminders to the liberal elite at your soccer games and parties of the failures of the Great Society and its direct relation to the gangsta culture blacks seem to crave today.

    Perhaps some additional ammo for your future discussions with your liberal friends: 1983 was NOT the first strike Islamists made against the Marines, and the Bush Doctrine is NOT the reason islamists want to destroy our very society.

    It seems our friends over in the middle east were up to their jihadi tricks over 200 years ago in the Barbary Wars. Muslim ‘pirates’ were attacking European and American ships and holding them hostage unless the countries paid a substantial “tribute” to be left alone. When Thomas Jefferson became POTUS, he defied Congress and refused to pay the islamist pirates. The result was the establishment of the United States Navy (and possibly, the incorporation of Marines as part of that great force) to protect US ships travelling the Atlantic.

    In one battle, the US Marines burned the USS Philadelphia to prevent the muslim pirates from getting their ship. Our nation’s oldest military monument, The Tripoli Monument, currently resides at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. It used to be in front of the US Capitol building, but was probably moved because of political correctness (I’m still trying to find why it was moved). You can read more about it here.

    A quote in Jefferson’s writings from the Tripoli ambassador:

    It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every mussulman who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise.

    Sound familiar? 72 virgins familiar? Clearly, they had begun their jihad even then.

    I’m guessing you’re already aware of this little tidbit of history, but I couldn’t help but jump on this story to remind readers that we have been in this struggle with fundamental islam for a long, long time — and the United States Marine Corps has held their own very well in that time.

    Semper Fi!

  • suek


    The other half of that Marine Corp song is not to be sneezed at either…

    “From the Halls of Montezuma…”

    You know…to be honest, I didn’t learn the history of “To the shores of Tripoli” until shortly after 9/11. I didn’t learn the history of “From the Halls…” until we started getting into the “Build the fence” period, and some people started saying we “stole” the southwest from Mexico.

    “Those who fail to learn from history…etc” !

    I would have thought that I was fairly well educated in the history of the US at least. Things keep coming up that prove me wrong.

  • http://connectthedots2006.blogspot.com ConnectTheDots

    Unfortunately, Americans don’t seem to know history very well at all. I’ve learned more since I started blogging about two years ago.

    Thank goodness for the internet. Sure glad Al Gore invented it for us.