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I Attended A Special Military Graduation Today

I was invited to and attended a very special military graduation today.  It took place at a U.S. Naval base on the east coast.  And it involved a small group of United States Marines who graduated from, to speak generically, a U.S. military intelligence training school. 

My son was one of the graduates.

This group of young men, and one young woman, volunteered for this school.  After a series of fitness interviews and various forms of testing, they were hand picked to attend this training.  Even though they were hand picked, only a percentage who began actually graduated.  It was said today, by someone who has been involved in the intelligence service(s) since 1974, that this school is considered to be the finest, and this program the most difficult, offered by any military anywhere in the world.  I believe it.

In one of the rooms of one of the many buildings, there are a number of photos and plaques of past graduating groups.  One thing stood out to me.  It was a quote, by Thucydides, a Greek historian, which said,

"He is best who is trained in the severest school."

This is a severe school.  You should know that our military young men and women experience everything you have been hearing about in the news, so called "torture" and more, as a part of their many phases of training.

As a part of the training for today's graduating group, there is a village on site.  This "village" is reminiscent of something you might expect to see in Kosovo, or somewhere near there.  It is beat up, shot up, and various scenarios are experienced by the trainees in preparation for their next deployment. 

Today's group will be deployed soon, and all over the world.  They will experience various scenarios.

To the right is me hamming it up in the Sheriff's jail.  Inside and out it is not a pretty place.  Can you imagine, no TV, no air conditioning, no bed (well, there's straw), no toilet, no blanket - really, not much but a room with bars.  And bullet holes.

These graduates are young men and women who volunteer for very dangerous assignments.  One comment by today's graduation speaker was that their jobs will be nothing like James Bond.  No dinner parties, no tuxedoes, no luxuries.  He said, "These are the blue collar James Bonds.  That is where the real work is done."

And it is very dangerous work, made imminently more dangerous in the past couple of weeks by an "administration" bent on making it more dangerous.  Despite counsel and objections to the contrary by many previous CIA chiefs, and the current one, information about "torture" was released.

Actually only the part of the story the "administration" wanted released was actually released. 

The intent of releasing intentionally partial information is to defame and embarrass, all in the name of advancing an "agenda."  More information will come to fore in the coming weeks, released by this "administration" and its minions in the "private" sector.  Nothing constructive can or will be gained from this infomation.  The only people to gain from it are our enemies.  Personally, I consider it treasonous to aid and abet our enemies.  Certainly their reaction to this information was, "That's it?!"  Then they went about planning on how to train for it.  And they have been emboldened. 

Why is it that this enemy, so intent on our destruction and demise, is not recognized by so many in this country as the danger it really is?  Why is it that there are so many in this country who want to aid and abet that enemy?

General Washington, of the Revolutionary War, had no patience for those who aided and abetted the enemy.  His justice was administered swiftly and definitively.  For him, it was all or nothing.  He didn't like rendering justice.  But he especially didn't like countrymen - "Americans" - who went about intentionally endangering other countrymen - Americans.

My how things have changed!!

George Washington must be turning over in his grave about now. 

As I watched this group go out today I thought how it might be that the vast majority of a population, who does NOT get it, would have to be saved by a vast minority, who does get it.  And if they are saved (a salvation being made harder, it seems, every day) the naive, appeasing, don't-get-it-ers will claim a part without gratitude or understanding.

A graduation is a commencement.  I was invited to and attended a very special military graduation today.  And now, for them, it commences.

You should be on your knees, expressing how grateful you are that such people are among us.

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 16 commentsJay Markanich • April 24 2009 07:51PM

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Hey Jay,

First let me say to you... Thank you for sharing this post and your experience you described.  Secondly, know i will pray for your son's safety... God Bless him.

I completely understand your sentiment about the few who do get it... you put it in avery good way and with your personal connection to a member who does get it... I am sure you not only get it with your mind but you feel it with your heart.

Sir, all i can say to you is what I keep repeating to myself.... sometimes it takes a jimmy carter.... to get a Ronald Reagan.

Thank you,

DW

Posted by Donald Wenner (Keller Williams Maplewood Mid-Town Direct) over 9 years ago

Donald - yes but this guy may end us up in far worse shape than Jimmy did...

Thank you for your kind words.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay, I thank your son for his service to our country, and I wish him wisdom, good health, and Divine protection as he serves his tour of duty.  We're a nation torn by ignorance, intolerance, misunderstanding, and indecision.  Perhaps someday we can once again unite in common goals--perhaps.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) over 9 years ago

John - thank you.  This will be his third deployment, his first two all expense paid trips to Iraq.  This one could be anywhere.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Copy from Veterans

Jay,

I do not get on my knees cause of the arthritis, but I do feel so much gratitude for people like your son.  Real men who care enough to take care of the rest of us.  They are so brave and have to be really tough and smart to get through that training.  You should be very proud and it sounds like you are.

I go around whining all day with the same questions you raised, as I live in a liberal place where Bush and the war were really hated with vigor.  I hope Obama's latest moves do not bring on another US attack, but I fear they will.  I wonder if we could sue the ACLU?

Please than

Posted by Sandra White, Experienced Residential Resale Broker (John L Scott Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Just when I think I have lost the whole thing it shows up 3 times.  Sorry

Posted by Sandra White, Experienced Residential Resale Broker (John L Scott Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Sandra - I erased the first two.  They were both different from the one that is left!  Wait and see what the ACLU has up its sleeve come the end of May...

Thanks for checking in!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay - You must be so proud of your son being in the military.  I pray for his safety.  We owe your sons and all the military men for keeping us out of danger.  They sacrifice a lot and what does this new administration do?  Reveal the secrets to the enemies.  Heaven helps us.

Posted by Rosalinda Morgan, "The Rose Lady" over 9 years ago

Jay,  Congratulations for raising such a tremendous young man.  JQ Public doesn't even have a clue how dangerous the world is for our troops.  We'll pray for him and his group, wherever the go (or were never at) to keep us free from terrorists.

List and Sell (yes our military protects our homes.... the same ones that we sell)  Gary @ RentonHomeFinder.com

Posted by Gary McNinch, Broker, Renton WA Real Estate (Better Properties Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Rosalinda - yes, and all in the name of the "agenda." And it is intentional!  GW, as I said, must be turning over in his grave.

Gary - JQ public AND the "administration."  In the end the many always owes so much to the few.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Congrats to your son.  He definitely does all the things I never wanted too!  May God bless him in his in his new job.

Posted by John Adrian Sopher over 9 years ago

John - yes, but maybe one day he can look back and share things with us, like you do.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay,

May God go with him wherever. He will be in my prayers. Thanks to your son for seeing the need and acting on it with dedication and pride. And thanks for you showing him the way. Semper Fi.

Posted by Bill Saunders, Realtor®, www.BillSellsHotSprings.com (Meyers Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill - once a Marine Dad, always a Marine Dad.  Thanks.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay,

You look good behind bars. Now if we could just get Charlie confined too.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Thanks Steve!  I think I over dressed...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

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