To: The Marine-hating folks of Berkley, CA and Code Pink
From: Col. Nathan R. Jessep, USMC
People, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men and women with guns. Who's gonna do it? You, Medea Benjamin? We have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for dead terrorists, and you curse the military. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what we know. That enemy deaths, while tragic, probably save lives. And our existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you WANT us on that wall, you NEED us on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. We have neither the time nor the inclination to explain ourselves to a bunch of arrogant screechy cowards who rise and sleep under the blanket of the very freedom that we provide, and then attack us for providing it. We would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way. Otherwise, we suggest you drop your bongs, pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, we don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to.