Mixed in with the news about casualties of our service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan and occasional overblown articles about some of our military "abuses" and the story about an (IMO) idiot asking to have his finger cut off to save a damned wedding ring there comes a perspective from one of my favorite blogs, this little Christmas story. From the Diplomad about those young Marines that protect our foreign service worldwide.
"...I don't want to denigrate any of our other fine armed services, but at
State we have had a long and special relationship with the USMC. Since 1948,
some of the best Marines get seconded to us to protect our diplomatic missions
abroad. In addition, of course, both before and since 1948, it's the Marines who
come yank us out when it all goes to hell or, as in Somalia and Liberia, save
the Embassy from a howling mob...."
An excellent perspective and well worth the time to read it all. Merry Christmas and Semper Fi.