04 August 2006

Words to live by?

The Washington Post wrote an article about the Marines in Ramadi. There is a sign in their headquarters which reads:

Be Polite
Be Professional
Have a Plan to Kill Everyone you meet

Sometimes I think we should post a sign like that in our ER.


  1. Here's something I don't understand: there are a million good reasons to be angry, confused, against, etc. this administration. Why people ocntinually choose trivial reasons (or flat out bad reasons) is beyond me. I know you chose this quote because of its humor, and not as legitimate support of your disagreement with the administration, but I have seen this quote used for just that purpose.

    The truth is that this is indeed an absurd quote, but it is also a real and wise strategy. In fact it would be irresponsible for the army on the ground in Iraq to behave any other way. Unfortunately for everyone involved, young men in the field don't employ that mindset often enough.

    Now, the quote is really a fabulous example of how absurd modern war has become -- we are committed to a monstrously comprehensive suppression of a nation by force, but we have to also be polite about it. At the same time we have criminals in the UN.

  2. I actually agree with you completely that the sign describes a wise and necessary on-the-ground strategy.

    The only element of anti-administration sense I can pick up from it is the rather direct implication that our military will have to kill people. While that's a pretty obvious thing, if you are the sort of person who thinks we shoudn't be in this war in the first place, the open "encouragement" of killing is a little galling, I suppose.

  3. I think I posted this quote on sally the other day as an example of taking things out of context. Like the others, I agree it is a good strategy; it seems to stand for what it means to be a professional soldier.

    Of course, I didn't read the post as being anti-administration, but as comparing the similarities between the absurdity of combat with that of working in an ER. But I have seen it used to be somehow offensive.

  4. yes that is a good plan indeed.....


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