Marines Articles

Hillary Clinton, Jarhead?

A rare instance of media skepticism.
Nov 23, 2015

Last week in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton resurrected one of her favorite tales—the story of her unsuccessful effort to join the Marine Corps in the mid-1970s. The account has drawn skepticism over the years, and for good reason. She has offered little to back it up. But it’s the perfect anecdote to illustrate what she’d like people to see as the challenges to her candidacy—sexism and ageism—and so it’s proven irresistible.

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CNN: Is Hillary Telling the Truth About Trying to Join Marines?

8:05 AM, Nov 12, 2015

CNN's Jeff Zeleny reported this morning that there are questions whether Hillary Clinton actually tried to join the Marines. Clinton has made the claim since at least 1994, and recently repeated it this week in New Hampshire. 

Hillary claims she tried to join the Marines in 1975. At the time, Clinton was a Yale Law School graduate. She claims she was turned away from the Marines for wearing glasses and being old.

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Enemies List

Oct 26, 2015

Anderson Cooper’s final question in the Democratic presidential debate on October 13 led to an interesting and revealing moment. He asked:

Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, “I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.” You’ve all made a few people upset over your political careers. Which enemy are you most proud of? 

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Bacha Bazi and the Afghan Drawdown

See no evil, hear no evil.
Oct 05, 2015

The recent outrage over reports of systematic child rape by Afghan security forces may be justified, but sadly there is little novelty to the reports themselves. Even the Sunday New York Times article that brought the matter into public view cited a list of earlier dispatches addressing it: articles in the Times itself in 2002 and 2011, as well as a 2010 Frontline documentary, “The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan,” that explored at length the pedophilic practice of bacha bazi—the keeping of boys by Pashtun men for sex.

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Ray Mabus Can’t Handle the Truth

The secretary of the Navy attacks his own Marines over women in combat.
Sep 28, 2015

Disputes between the political appointees who run the Pentagon and the military officers who serve there are not unheard of, but the nastiness and public nature of the fight over women in combat being waged between Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and the Marines who answer to him is unprecedented in recent memory.

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Obama's Navy Secretary Slanders Marines

12:59 PM, Sep 12, 2015

A new nine-month-long study by the Marine Corps found that including women in combat units had a negative impact on unit cohesion and performance, the Washington Post reports:

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Obama Finally Orders Flags to Be Flown at Half Staff After Chattanooga Terror Attack

11:32 AM, Jul 21, 2015

President Obama is finally ordering the American flag to be flown at half staff after the Chattanooga terror attack last week. Four Marines and one Sailor were murdered in that attack. 

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Camp Pendleton Marine Memorial Restored

6:08 AM, Jun 04, 2014

In a recent edition of Kristol Clear, a weekly newsletter (you can sign up for free here), the boss mentioned an instance of some homeland heroics by a group of Marine volunteers.

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California Veteran Can't Get Care Under Obamacare

Told to cancel his plan.
8:14 AM, May 22, 2014

It's not just veterans at VA hospitals who are having trouble finding care. One young Marine veteran in California can't find a doctor who will accept his Anthem Blue Cross insurance plan he purchased through Covered California, the state's Obamacare exchange. KPIX-TV reports:

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‘Brothers Forever’ Book Discussion

11:02 AM, May 14, 2014

A book event on May 22 for the book Brothers Forver at the American Enterprise Institute, featuring retired Gen. John Allen:

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Iwo Jima Memorial Closed, Barricades Erected (Update: Vets Break Through)

1:01 PM, Oct 05, 2013

Another open-air memorial in the Washington area is closed and barricaded off: the Iwo Jima Memorial, just across the bridge from D.C. in Rosslyn, Virginia. A source sends along this picture of the barricade set-up at the memorial, which is also called the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial:

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NCAA Pardon

1:34 PM, Aug 20, 2013

ESPN reports that the NCAA has backed off and granted an indulgence to a recently discharged Marine and given him permission to play college football.  

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'Cautious Hope' from Afghanistan

10:23 AM, Aug 05, 2013

In the midst of a fair amount of depressing news from Afghanistan (e.g., al-Qaeda backers get U.S. military contracts, U.S. cites “due process rights” as reason not to cancel), here's a report from the front that offers some grounds for hope.

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And the Bad News Is?

7:31 AM, May 30, 2013

It becomes more and more difficult to find the bad news about the sequester.  Unless, that is, you are in the Pentagon and trying to figure out how to keep the Marine Corps fully equipped and trained and up to strength.

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Obama Fails to Salute Marine

8:48 AM, May 24, 2013

Via CBS's Mark Knoller:

Pres Obama boarded Marine One without returning salute of US Marine at the steps. The Pres then came back out to shake the Marine's hand.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) May 24, 2013



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Obama Calls Over Marines to Shield Himself and Turkish PM from Rain

12:10 PM, May 16, 2013

At an outdoor White House press conference, President Obama called over Marines to shield himself and the Turkish prime minister from the rain:

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Happy Hour: 'We’re Not the Chin​up Service'

6:56 PM, May 13, 2013

Iran will chair the U.N.'s disarmament conference.

Mark Steyn: "The Benghazi Lie: A failure of character of this magnitude corrodes the integrity of the state."

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Despite Cuts, Schumer Gets Marine Corps Band to Play at St. Patrick’s Day Parade

6:52 AM, Mar 15, 2013

Forget the sequester. If you're Chuck Schumer, there are ways around it. Consider the recent example of a U.S. Marine Corps band cancelling its scheduled performance at a St. Patrick's Day parade due to the "sequester"--and Chuck Schumer's successful "push" for the band to come anyway.

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Sequester the Ammunition

7:35 AM, Mar 12, 2013

CNN reports that the commandant of the Marine Corps is ordering the personnel under his command to:

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Marines to Leave If Women Are in Combat?

7:45 AM, Feb 15, 2013

Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon reports:

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The Foolishness of Women in Combat Units

11:47 AM, Jan 25, 2013

A young Marine infantry officer, a combat veteran of Afghanistan writes:

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Obama to Marines: 'We Love You'

8:19 AM, Dec 26, 2012

President Obama, who is vacationing with his family in Hawaii, visited the Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay to wish everyone there a merry Christmas.

"First of all, we want to say Merry Christmas to everybody," Obama said, with his wife Michelle at his side. "This looks like it was a nice rather than naughty crowd so I’m sure Santa treated you well."

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Marine Double-Amputee 'Humiliated' on Delta Flight

4:45 PM, Dec 14, 2012

Marine Lance Corporal Christian Brown is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, who lost both of his legs and a part of a Marine Lance Corporal Christian Brown is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, who lost both of his legs and a part of a finger after stepping on an explosive device in the war-torn Helmand Province last year. The Washington Post reportsthat on Sunday, Brown was treated poorly on a D

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ABC's Martha Raddatz: There Are Marines in Paris, Why Not Tripoli?

9:39 AM, Sep 16, 2012

ABC's Martha Raddatz asked, if there are American Marines in Paris, why are there not Marines in Tripoli?

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Fox News Sunday Panel on 2012 and the Marines Incident

11:14 AM, Jan 16, 2012

Bill Kristol, with Kirsten Powers, Juan Williams, and Brit Hume, yesterday on Fox News: 

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Allen West on the Marines Incident: 'Shut Your Mouth, War Is Hell'

1:37 PM, Jan 13, 2012

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), a former Army lieutenant colonel, sends THE WEEKLY STANDARD an email commenting on the Marines' video, and has given us permission to publish it.

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The Silence of the Republican Candidates

Could one of them say a good word about our troops?
11:00 AM, Jan 13, 2012

Obama administration bigwigs are falling all over themselves to denounce, condemn, lament, and apologize for the unfortunate behavior of a few Marines in Afghanistan last year. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta condemned the action as not just deplorable but “utterly deplorable.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed not just dismay but “total dismay.”

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'Happy Hanukkah, Marines!'

9:31 AM, Dec 20, 2011

William McGurn, writing in the Wall Street Journal

When Jews begin their Hanukkah celebrations this week, they will commemorate a 2,200-year old revolt led by Judah Maccabee against a Greek empire attempting to crush the Jewish faith. For some, the holiday holds an added resonance, linking their military service to one of the greatest Jewish warriors of all time.

These are the Jews of the United States Marine Corps.

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Happy Birthday, Marine Corps

236 years young on Nov. 10.
8:08 AM, Nov 07, 2011

Looking for an inspiring twelve minutes? Watch the 2011 Marine Corps birthday message: 

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