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When you accompany our men on patrol, you cannot help but admire their fortitude. Each grunt — Army or Marine, adviser or squad member — straps on 95 pounds of armor and gear, goes through the checklist of tactical procedures, and steps in line behind the point man with the metal detector. They will walk carefully in single file for the next several hours. Over the course of his seven-month deployment, each one will sally forth about a hundred times, covering six to eight miles in every day or night patrol. He will take over a million steps, never knowing when the sudden blast and puff of black smoke will come, signaling death or maiming.
I think he swings and misses now and then, but when he connects he hits hard. That’s West at his best.
“They want to destroy the United States, the West, and our way of life.
(Lara Logan for Secretary of State.)
Quick Update… On a related note, good friend, fellow Marine and frequent commenter UltimaRatioRegis weighs in on Benghazi.