I think everyone recognizes this infamous picture. That is President Obama at a press conference where a light drizzle led to a Marine being called out to hold out an umbrella while standing at the position of something. I say the position of something, because he is not really standing at the position of attention, parade rest, or at ease. Truthfully, I don’t know what military stance that would be as I never learned it at boot camp and I don’t think I have seen it before. So I’ll just call it the position of I’m hungry and my right arm is starting to get really heavy. And here I was all these years thinking that Drill Instructors were just torturing us by making us hold out random items from rifles to canteens at arms length for extended periods of time. No, they were just prepping us in case the President needed an umbrella one day.
Now this is not a post about President Obama. Whereas I am not a fan of his Presidency, I don’t think there is anything to be gained by discussing him. People have pretty much made up their minds on Obama and I have seen little reasonable discourse over the past 6 years. He got elected twice and will be gone in 2 years. So let’s just move on. This particular picture has been used to mock President Obama by referencing that other Presidents never did the same. That is not true and a quick Google image search will demonstrate that. However, it’s still a funny picture for some reason and irreverent humor is as American as it gets.
But let’s consider what can happen in a 2 year time frame. Where were you on September 11th, 1999? That’s right, not 2001, 1999. Myself, I was in College and serving as a Marine Reservist. Honestly, the world seemed like a much more peaceful place at that time. War seemed somewhat far off and the thought of getting activated to go to War didn’t seem too real. However, by September 11th, 2003 just two years after 9-11, I was a war Veteran. A lot can happen in two years and truthfully, I don’t know what is next for America. Tomorrow is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Where were you on December 7th, 1939? I wonder how many of those that perished in Pearl Harbor had not even joined the military yet? I wonder if anyone in the future will be asking us where we were on December 6th, 2016? Fascinating to consider.
A Suggestion to our Enemies
So, I’d like to offer to friendly advice to our enemies from Unprecedented Mediocrity. Wait about a decade to 15 years before you try us. Seriously, don’t try us right now. We are at a fairly unique time in our history in that we have been engaged in combat operations on foreign soil for over 13 years straight. What does that mean for our enemies? It means we have acquired a certain set of skills. A set of skills that make us a nightmare for people like our enemies. If you can picture Liam Neeson reading those last couple of sentences then you get the intent. Seriously, we are in my view the World’s most battle hardened military and to be honest, we still want a little more.
I’ve become a fan of the site Gruntworks on Facebook like many of you. They also have a website at www.gruntworks11b.com where you can check out some of their cool gear and shirts. However, what you will notice as you follow this site is that they have a broad appeal to a community of Veterans who have not lost their edge. You read it from their posts and from the comments of Veterans on their posts. I reference them because they have a shirt that states, “I am the infidel you were warned about. I do not come to bring peace but the sword.” Does that that sound like a nation waiting to become prey?
I think this has been epitomized recently by Marine Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer and his response to ISIS threats against the Military and Veteran community. In an interview with the Military Times, he stated, “We’re not cowards. We’re the most feared nation on the face of the planet, and we’re worried about some radical group, some extremists that prey on the weak? I mean, that’s like sheep preying on lions.” Ladies and Gentlemen of the world, might I submit to you that America is not only a lion, but one that has recently fed and still has the taste of prey in it’s mouth. Ease up scumbags of the world. Wait about 15 years until we all get a little fatter and a little more settled. It will still end poorly for you, but at least then it might not be as messy for you.
Now I don’t want you to think that I am a war monger. Honestly, I am not. I love peace. However, I take the “You First” approach. That is, if the world wants peace, then let them find peace first and we will happily follow suit. But until that time, we stand ready. I don’t know what the future holds. I just know that on September 11th, 1999, I had no idea what awaited us all and neither did you. So nor do I know what awaits us on December 6th, 2016. That’s not a prophesy people, I just picked 2 years from the date of this post. Calm down.
However, I take a great deal of confidence that this nation has a Military that knows what it’s doing. So regardless of poor Presidential policy, or infamous action from the enemy, our Military has us covered. So ISIS wants to romp all over the world, no problem, we have a solution for that. Putin wants to flex his muscles, no problem, we have a solution for that. We got you covered Mr. President, anything the future holds. Keep in mind that when I was in Iraq, Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer was only 15 by my estimate and yet greatness and heroism awaited him. Young people reading this blog today, consider what greatness awaits you.
Lastly I just wanted to quickly point my readers to the Warfighter Foundation and their efforts to take combat wounded Veterans to the base camp of Mount Everest. You can check them out here at www.warfighterfoundation.org You see as our Military and Veteran community has this nation covered, the Warfighter Foundation is a GuideStar Exchange Gold Participant non-profit that has committed itself to being there for our wounded combat warriors. I personally am inspired to watch combat wounded Veterans tackle Everest as it motivates me to drop the hot wings and maybe go out and do a little PT. So please check them out and see how might come along side them in this expedition. Because whatever the future holds, I know we will need men and women like this to tackle what may come.
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