Carl Prine on the USMC’s ‘Big Lie’ About Every Marine Being a Rifleman
Another excerpt from an interview in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Merrill McPeak: And there’s a little propaganda in that even from the Marine Corps. I get that everyone gets to qualify with the rifle, but there’s Supply and Motor Pool and …
Carl Prine: Oh, it’s propaganda. Having been a rifleman I can tell you. “Every Marine is a rifleman” is the biggest lie that’s ever been told.
Merrill McPeak: But it’s a good approach for the Marines because it does mean, ‘You buy into this combat deal.’
Carl Prine: It’s an organizing myth that works.
Tom’s assessment: It is interesting to see this commentary from a military reporter for the San Diego newspaper, the biggest newspaper to cover the Marine Corps as a daily story. So, little grasshoppers: Is Mr. Prine right or wrong?
Thomas E. Ricks is a former contributing editor to Foreign Policy. Twitter: @tomricks1
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