Before You Watch Me
Until the day where all of the frontline combat personnel are safely returned to the shores of the United States of America, or are behind the wire in our foreign bases around the world, there will be NO DAYS OFF for this analyst.
I will continue my defense analysis and weapons research and development. Why should I get to rest this holiday season, or any holiday season for that matter, when there is even one of our men that cannot? Just as the Marine Corps has been for this country for 238-years straight, I will remain always faithful to them.
That is all. Semper Fidelis.
"You Don't Win The Battle By Doing What's Right.
You Win The Battle By Doing What Is Necessary.
Only The Dead Fight Fair."
"Before The Iraq War I Was Quite Disturbed By Some Of The Neo-Conservatives, Who Were Saying Things Like, "What Is The Point Of Being A Superpower If You Can't Do Such-And-Such, Take On These Responsibilities?" The Point Of Being A Superpower Is That People Will Leave You Alone."
"The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many, and, before this battle is over, that even a god-king can bleed."
---Leonidas I, King of Sparta, Greece
"We who have seen war,
Will never stop seeing it.
In the silence of the night,
We will always hear the screams.
So this is our story,
For we were soldiers once, and young."
---Joseph Lee Galloway
"Great danger lies in the notion
That we can reason with evil."
"War is not moral... Fighting of any sort, is not moral.
It is about killing the adversary. So here is the rule.
Do what you need to do to win...
Have a ready explanation to justify it, according,
To whatever rules you are supposed to be playing by.
Work only with people you can trust or work alone...
Then stick to your story and keep your mouth shut."
---Gabe Suarez, Suarez International
MORS ANTE INFAMIAM
--DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR--
"You never know what circumstance you're going to find yourself in; yes, some of you are military, so you can take this and decide how iron-clad you want to make yourself. Remember, you're not dead until someone else above you turns out those lights. You keep fighting, you keep killing as many people as humanly possible. That's your drive, that's your goal, because the life you may save might actually be mine out on the battlefield because you smoke-checked a few more guys downrange. Now, for those that are thinking: "I'm not some Army Special Forces commando", it doesn't matter! The life you save may be your kids, may be your wife, it may be your dad, your mom, it may be some innocent person in the mall when some scumbag comes in there and starts shooting a bunch of innocent people. It may be the few rounds out of your handgun that neutralizes that guy. You may get injured, you may get shot: it's business!
Your goal is to neutralize those people!"
---Chris Costa, Magpul Dynamics
"I do not agree with a word that you say,
But I will defend to the death your right to say it."
"What is, is that we're like animals, there's war up there everywhere, it's in the blood, it's natural - peace... that's an accident, it's what is! When you're pushed - killing is as easy as breathing. You stop killing at one place, it starts in another but it's okay 'cause you're killing for your country. But it ain't your country that's asking, it's a few guys on top who want it. Old men start it, young men fight it, nobody wins, everybody in the middle dies and nobody tells the truth, and God's gonna make that all go away?"
"Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again."
---Ronald Reagan, 5 January, 1967
"I have always been fond of the West African proverb; 'Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.'"
---Theodore Roosevelt, 26 January 1900
The United States Marine Corps OK's a new Special Operations Force, for the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), inside of the 1st Marine Division's 1st Marine Regiment, 2nd Battalion (2/1). The true nature of the Professionals is about to be released. The team is a semi-secret reform of the old Marine Raiders from World War II.
The Kepler Space Observatory Mission team released a list of 65 extrasolar planet candidates, or Super-Earth planets, one of those being WAR-0304-5589 which has a mass of Jupiter. It holds a highly tropical weather pattern all around, thus containing large rivers and Amazon-style jungles; only usually five-times in size as their Earth counterparts.
One Marine stated: "The Amazon was nothing compared to the Viper Rainforest. Viper had three times the size in forested area alone, and it had a river system, the Vibora Labyrinth, that just absolutely dwarfed the Amazon River. We didn't dare fathom on what creatures of the depth it held past the fish that we caught sometimes."
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) gets back on its feet with the creation of the Space Exploration Jump (SEJ) System. It is also the name of the new Space Race, dwarfing the Arms Race of the Cold War ten-fold.
Louisiana-bred, Texas-fed native Leroy Samuels boards a SEJ ship to stake his claim-to-fame on WAR-0304-5589 with a science team and local Texan mercenary defense unit. WAR-0304-5589, at this point, is nicknamed Outpost Warrior.
The United States Marine Corps disengages itself as a subsidiary force under the United States Navy, creating its already distinguished self as a true branch of the United States Armed Forces; not longer under Navy jurisdiction but still coordinating with the Navy logistically.
With the new Space Race in full swing, the world of Earth expands off of the maps of Earth itself. Planets are colonized by countries with the money to utilize SEJ. The United States has a need to place embassies on planets for their tourists safety, and thus the Marine Corps is asked to make the Interstellar Marine Corps branch: formed for defense of off-Earth U.S.-owned installations, both military and civilian. The main Army groups are reorganized to guard the main States first, while three other Groups are deployed to newly taken United States territory planets.
Leroy Samuels reaches and colonizes WAR-0304-5589 for the United States of America. Outpost Warrior is transferred to the name for the first Forward Operating Base (FOB) the planet sees under Human colonization. Within months the official name for WAR-0304-5589 becomes Vibora, Spanish for Viper after the local snake population.
The city of Vieux Carre comes out of Outpost Warrior, and it becomes the capitol for the planet. The name was Cajun, meaning 'Old Quarter', the name came from Leroy Samuels' roots. The city was a cross between New Orleans with it's Southern Louisiana atmosphere and Gold Coast, Australia for the city being right on the beach. Both cities' also have a nice compliment of canal systems, or bayous.
Outpost Warrior is left as the main Army base inside of Vieux Carre. Firebase Fury is formed by the Joint Special Operations Command when they deploy troops to guard Vieux Carre. The Firebase was a joint Marine Corps/Army Special Operations Forces (SOF) base allocated fifty-miles inland from the city district for its defense and as a primary offensive deployment area. First Marine Regiment, 2nd Battalion is 1st Marine Division's SOF team deployed to Firebase Fury as frontline defense for the city of Vieux Carre.
--November 6, 2049--
Extraterrestrial Enemy Contact (EEC) is made by Marine platoon leader and Gunnery Sergeant Jamie Pearson, kicking off the first intergalactic conflict between two higher-intelligence species.
It's time for The Professionals to spill some blood.
Collaboration work with Andrew Dodd
For 2010 Science Fiction Freedom (SFF) EZine Issue 2
© Viper's Fury - Will / KahunaSniper, 2010-2012
© Death's Shadow / Viper's Fury Picture
Andrew Dodd / artoons (defunct account), 2010
There isn't much a young soul can do to stop the movement of historical events that are happening right before him. There isn't a whole lot that can be done to stop dozens of nuclear ICBMs from carrying their payloads on their way to targets around the world.
There isn't a lot that can stop nuclear missiles from separating their MIRV (Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicle) capabilities, and stop one missile from vaporizing as many as twelve cities in a blink of an eye.
Over the course of history the U.S. had Polaris, Peacekeeper and Trident. The Russians had Topol, Topol M, Yars and Satan. The People's Republic of China had five variants of the Dong Feng. Smaller and lesser countries had lesser capabilities, and most burned in wars against each other. India and Pakistan; Israel and the Middle East; North and South Korea.
And after the war begins, those with nothing left can either die or rise from the ashes. With that, our young United States Marine Captain takes a side that will either sweep away the evils of the world or fall into the pages of history as a unified country that tried, but failed.
Taken to North Korea to find the truth about why there was a war in the first place, the young Captain must first face the perals of getting into the country and past the remainder of the Korean People's Army, who are still just as blood-thirsty and fanatical as ever. Lives need to be saved, answers need to be found, criminals and tyrants must be brought to justice...
And the justice must be brought in whatever gauge the round is that comes out of the end of a gun.
Collaboration Work With Andrew Dodd
For 2010 Science Fiction Freedom (SFF) EZine Issue 1
© Finally In The Shit - Will / KahunaSniper, 2010-2012
© Finally In The Shit (Guns) Picture
Andrew Dodd / artoons (defunct account), 2010
To all the brothers I lost while guarding the Day
To all my brothers, foreign and domestic, that continue on
Through the tears and the pain, marching on at attention
To you Guards of the Independence Day,
The Sheepdogs Prayer
The Knights of Olde were Men of Honor
Who used their Might For Right!
Today they’re known as Sheepdogs,
Those who carry on the fight.
I am a tired old Sheepdog,
The guardian of my flock.
I keep the predators at bay
And stand watch around the clock.
Please stop the Sheep from pulling my teeth.
I’ll need them for the fight,
When the hungry Wolves come calling
Some dark and deadly night.
I pray I'll never need my gun,
But someday if I do,
May my cause be just!
My draw be quick!
And my aim be ever true!
Heaven holds a special place
For those who do the deed,
Defenders of the innocent
In their hour of need.
May the Sheep someday be grateful.
There’s a debt they can not pay
To the Sheepdogs who lay it on the line
Each and every day.
I am proud to be a Sheepdog.
I've done my very best.
I'll stand my watch until my Maker
Calls me home to rest.
But when I meet St. Peter
There's just one request I’ll make,
“Please let me spend Eternity
Standing guard at Heaven's Gate”.
Lord, help us bring this ''Age of Sheep''
To a rapid end.
Then fill this land with Sheepdogs,
Men of Honor, once again.
This prayer is dedicated
To those who bravely face,
The dangers all around us,
To make our world a safer place.
To the soldiers, cops and warriors-
Sheepdogs through and through.
Thank you for your service
And your sacrifices too. Amen.
-- Roger E. Temple
Cause And Effect - Chapter 9Having said good-bye to Red Lawrence, John and Katie departed the sporting goods store. Katie had decided to sit in the backseat of the Ford on the way back, but something was bothering her as John noticed that she was squirming in the backseat.Cause And Effect - Chapter 9 by KahunaSniper
"What's wrong?" he asked.
"I don't know. Is there anything under this seat?" Katie asked.
John thought for a moment, struggling to remember what he had put under there. "It might be the tire iron." he said in uncertainty.
Katie quickly found the strap to pull the modified backseat cushion up to find there were a few firearms in the compartment and the standard tire-changing kit. She pulled one of the weapons out its cradle and held it up in admiration.
"Barrel up, please," John requested. "And finger off the trigger."
Katie looked the weapon over for a few minutes before smiling a little, John noticed from watching the rear-view mirror.
"It's a DSA SA-58 OSW. American-made, sawed-off variant of the FN-FAL, which was made in Belgium and used in
Cause And Effect - Chapter 8There wasn't much to do for John, every time he'd try to work Katie would pull him inside and make him rest. He could understand why, but there was still work to do regardless. John couldn't just stop work, especially now that he knew an attack from Stevens' boys. All he had managed to do in defense was put the M-60 up in the attic in case the attack came sooner as opposed to later.Cause And Effect - Chapter 8 by KahunaSniper
John didn't let Katie see that, and he had hidden his M-4A1 because he didn't want her spotting the one M-203 he had installed to the rifle. That was another gift from his grandfather and the Vietnam War, along with five bulk-packed PA-120 40mm ammunition cans full of M-430A1 HEDP rounds. A total of 250-rounds were allocated to the family, after a supply "miss-drop". Even though there would've been quite a mess John wished he had some M-18A1 Claymore anti-personnel mines. A very nasty little plastic case, internally the mine contains a layer of C4 explosive behind a matrix of about seven-hundred 1/8-inch di
Cause And Effect - Chapter 7D-Day Plus 13Cause And Effect - Chapter 7 by KahunaSniper
John floated around the small swimming hole all day long. Almost two weeks past, two-hundred downed trees removed and he could finally take some real time off. Even though he was practically harassed by Katie with questions he was happy. John chuckled. Katie wasn't harassing him at all. She did have questions about his work and life, but that was fine. He answered only on what he wanted and he answered fully and truthfully. But, John never dipped into her background.
It was both rude and respective at the same time, but either way it wasn't John's business to be asking about Katie's past. Call it rude, as a two-way street, on her part for asking it really didn't matter to John. Curiosity didn't always kill the cat, after all.
Plus, who's around to actually give a shit, but not only that, it's none of their business as it is.
The water was nice today, if only he had been able to come down two-days prior, it had been his birthday, D-Plus 11. That would've been
Cause And Effect - Chapter 6D-Day Plus 7Cause And Effect - Chapter 6 by KahunaSniper
John didn't need to teach Katie what needed to be done while cutting trees out of the roadways around the area. After he had pieces cut she would drag them off with an ATV or the borrowed Dodge 2500. But, John had stopped working to fool around with a large 9-inch thick "slice" of tree that he'd cut.
"What are you doing?" Katie called out.
John look back, his glasses angrily reflecting the sunlight but he was slightly grinning as he finished. He lifted up the slice of tree trunk and Katie saw he had cut "Madrid" on it. But, then she noticed there was a second still on the ground that read "Wabash".
"A tree removal service in Covington, Louisiana gave me the idea. I've got the Katrina one they cut for us at the house, but every time they'd go to a house on a job they would request the opportunity to cut a slice of a larger tree and carve 'Katrina' into it for the family of residence. Now I've got three, and I can cut two for your family's possession if you want." Joh
Cause And Effect - Chapter 5Later That NightCause And Effect - Chapter 5 by KahunaSniper
Katie noticed John's drinking that night wasn't as liberal as the night before, and as it picked up he seemed to grow quieter, only speaking and moving when he finally decided to stand up and go in to find a movie for the night. He brought one of the beer-filled coolers with him. She knew it had something to do with a past memory, causing nightmares like he had the last night, but she couldn't figure out what it was exactly.
Katie didn't want to pester John about it, especially after the ominous reply she received the first time, but she wanted to know what was bothering him, maybe she could help. But, whether or not John saw it that way Katie figured she was already pushing her luck by even being there.
"Is there anythin' you'd like to watch?" John asked, him being drunk brought out the Cajun accent he did his best to disguise, although he wasn't sure why; bad grammar or something.
"No, I'll watch whatever you were going to watch." Katie said.
"Y'Sure?" John sl
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