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October 23, 2008

NEVER Forget "The Root"

...and the lessons we SHOULD have learned. Because these animals are still with us twenty five years later. As are the root causes of this hideous and heartbreaking tragedy ~ political correctness and a willingness to leave our troops toothless and exposed for political expediency.

God speed, my brothers.

We love ya, Scipio. Semper Fi, you outstanding Gunnery Sergeant of Marines.

Posted by tree hugging sister at October 23, 2008 05:08 PM


Thank you for this reminder, sir.

25 years ago I was down to my last couple of days of USAF basic training. I stood near a couple of Marines as we watched the news on a rec. center TV. I was shocked, then I was mad as hell. Then I looked at the men near me, and for the first time in my life I saw barely contained . Righteous fury. It wouldn't be too long before I really understood the combination of anger (at the attacker and "higher ups") and the twinge of 'survivor guilt' (an unreasonable emotion if you've done your duty, but if you do your duty you're more likely to feel it, in my opinion).

We continue to honor their memory, even as many have forgotten, and would treat with their murderers "without pre-condition".

Posted by: Mark at October 23, 2008 05:48 PM

You are so right, Mark. I know EVERY single Marine in and out of the Corps at the time had their hearts ripped out of their chests when we heard. And then had them set ablaze with that very fury when we later heard the how and why.

Don't you think it's one of those fabled auguries? I really do. As in: strange the way "without pre-condition" has arrived 25 years later and schmaybe we needed a reminder of the cost?

GySgt Scipio Williams was the Squadron Gunny when major dad, Kcruella and I got to NAS Memphis for school. Dear LORD, he was a character and all of us there at the time can picture him immediately at the mention of his name. What a Marine.

And he was in that building.

Posted by: tree hugging sister at October 23, 2008 06:04 PM

Semper Fi, Marines. Rest in peace.

Posted by: The_Real_JeffS at October 23, 2008 06:54 PM

It's reminders like this that make me think maybe the Crusaders were right about our enemies: kill them all, let God sort out them out.

Posted by: Dave J at October 23, 2008 07:11 PM

I've got nothing good to add, so I'll say this instead: Thank you Major Dad, Ms. Sister, and the rest of you noble and courageous Marines - because of you, my pasty Italian tuchis is safe and warm, and I live free. I can never be grateful enough.

Posted by: nightfly at October 24, 2008 11:00 AM

Chely Wright says it better than I ever could:


(Song starts after the story -- but listen to the story!)

Posted by: Lisa at October 24, 2008 02:18 PM