It Might Be Time To Re­tire The Marines

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - JUST THOUGHTS Bob Jones

Mac­gre­gor, a re­tired Army colonel, au­thor and mil­i­tary con­sul­tant, who re­ally up­set some peo­ple when he wrote in Time that “the Marines as cur­rently or­ga­nized and equipped are about as rel­e­vant as the Army’s horse cav­alry in the 1930s.”

Then he went f or t he jugu­lar.

“Most of to­day’s Ma­rine force con­sists of air­mo­bile light in­fantry. This Ma­rine force i s de­signed for use i n t he de­vel­op­ing world against incapable op­po­nents from Haiti to Fiji, but not much else.

“The Marines can­not con­front or de­feat ar­mored forces or heavy weapons in the hands of ca­pa­ble op­po­nents. Nor can the Marines hold any con­tested bat­tle space for more than a very short amount of time, af­ter which the Ma­rine raid or short stay ashore is com­pleted.”

This last ar­gu­ment is the one most used by crit­ics of main­tain­ing t he Ma­rine Corps.

But when you talk about re­tir­ing a mil­i­tary branch whose his­tory harks back to the two in­fantry bat­tal­ions of Con­ti­nen­tal Marines formed on Nov. 10, 1775, in Phil­a­del­phia, you’d bet­ter have one hell of a pow­er­ful ar­gu­ment!

Kane‘ohe’s 1st Bat­tal­ion, 3rd Marines, move out on pa­trol dur­ing Desert Storm, Saudi Ara­bia, 1991.

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