A couple of old Marine Corps sayings I’d like to share with you;
“The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.”
“You don’t have to practice to be miserable.”
Granted, the first adage is popular of the amongst the ‘Pain is Good‘ crowd, of which (at least) use to be quite few Marines, myself included.
The second quote was known to be uttered by most terminal Lance Corporals at the end of one of those nasty long-distance speed marches (AKA: “Humps“). But in all fairness, most Marines aren’t happy unless they’re bitching.
Thank God for Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL). Finally… FINALLY someone from the House had the guts to rip directly in the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley as well as the current Secretary of Defense and ex-Army General Lloyd Austin.
For context, when Rep. Gaetz brought up Austin’s tour of duty as commander of CentCom, as the Washington Examiner noted;
A plan to train and equip 3,000 Syrian rebels to fight ISIS turned into a public relations nightmare.
The $500 million program produced a mere 52 fighters, some of whom were killed or captured by al Qaeda as soon as they returned to Syria.
In the meantime, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be cheering and applauding Rep. Gaetz as he dissects these two fail-ups with a chainsaw.