Perhaps I'm not going back to Iraq after all...
The above article talks about how there may be a move in the near future to have the Marines take over combat operations in Afghanistan, leaving Iraq to the army.
“We are the premier expeditionary force in the world, and operations in Afghanistan would take advantage of what we do best,” Lt. Col. Chris Hughes, chief spokesman for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, said yesterday.
I agree with what he's saying. We aren't a police force, we're a fighting force. We don't occupy, we invade and destroy. The army, with their differences in training, numbers of troops, and equipment, are much better suited to Iraq. Let them patrol Baghdad in armored Bradleys.
“But in this case, you have two separate forces that have different requirements. As we start to move toward more of a security-and-occupation role in Iraq, that's more an Army type of thing.”
That's just not how we work. Let us go to Afghanistan and take it to Tora Bora. One of the guys in our platoon asked our platoon sergeant today as we were getting off, "Is there a lot of opportunities for Marines in Afghanistan?". He replied, "There's bad guys that need shootin' all over the damn world. They could send me to LA for all I care."