Jan 9, 2004

Green Side Out 

I just came across this post from Kevin at the Primary Main Objective. He's got some intel that the boys from 1stMARDIV will be going to Iraq in green uniforms when the 82nd Airborne rotates out. This is intended to be a psyche job on the Iraqis - let 'em know there's a new sheriff in town. I'm hoping it works as well as it did for us in Somalia. There, the Marines had not been issued the desert tan boots that the Army had. After a few firefights, the Somalis thought it better to just leave the guys with the black boots alone.

This is something that Marines have employed for years:
"Do not attack the First Marine Division. Leave the yellowlegs alone. Strike the American Army"
~ Orders given to Communist troops in the Korean War; shortly afterward, the Marines were ordered to not wear their khaki leggings to keep the enemy from immediately fleeing.

By the way, unless some people are really up on their Marine Corps history, I'm willing to bet that Deuddersun is the only person here who recognizes the significance of this post's title.

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