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Did Obama actually say or imply....

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by .264 magnum, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

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    .....that the modern military does not use/need bayonets?

    If he did I'm sure Marines all about the world are wondering about that.
     
  2. G36's Rule

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    Yeah, he stuck his foot in deep with that exchange.
     

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    The Brits won't be happy with that. They did a bayonet charge in Iraq.
     
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    Yah, a big stick will work when you run out of ammunition.......Where to find a big stick?????????

    Was he talking from his military experience?
     
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    no he was talking about romneys military experience...you know in france...when he was...oh yea that was just a mission trip to spread his cult religion:whistling:
     
  6. KalashniKEV

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    Multi tool > Bayonet.
     
  7. .264 magnum

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    What?
     
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    He looked desperate for some tag line.
     
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    Well, it's not like his base would have any way of knowing any better.
     
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    AngryPanda Is he a troll?

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    If I was going to Iraq right now, and you said I could take a multi-tool, or bayo with me, multi tool every time.

    I just watched a replay of the bayonet comment, doesn't take much to get ya'll all worked up does it?
     
  11. .264 magnum

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    Good point. If one states something that is wrong in a forest and no one hears.......
     
  12. .264 magnum

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    1. Why not take a multi-tool and a bayonet assuming one is a Marine?

    2. I'm not worked up at all.

    3. Are you OK with The President attempting to shame his opponent with an falsehood/bogus claim?
     
  13. AngryPanda

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    1. Just agreeing with what Kalshnikev said about multi tool > Bayonet

    2. Not saying anyone in particular, just looking forward to GT, facebook, and everyone at the gunshop talking about bayonets for days. I don't think Obama implied anything, other than what he meant to about warships.

    3. It's a presidential debate, should I expect truth? What one muppet says to the other really doesn't bother me.
     
  14. michael_b

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    Actually he said we have fewer bayonets now than we use to.

    Odd choice of horses and bayonets.

    Also his aircraft carrier comment was ludicrous. Schafer wouldn't let Romney respond although I doubt Romney would point out how many ships it takes to make a carrier battle group or how do you expect to enforce sanctions without strong naval power.


    -On mobile
     
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    When I was in the infantry I used my bayonet all the time.

    I opened crates with it, I chopped wood with it... one time they made me cut grass with it when the base lawnmowers were broken.

    Basically I used it whenever I wasn't willing to abuse my own knife.
     
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    E-tool > Bayonet
     
  17. KalashniKEV

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    Seriously?

    Did you actually strap it to yourself and carry it around with you?

    Did you have to carry the M40 pro mask on the other leg? :supergrin:
     
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    The direct quote is:
    "Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed."

    The last US bayonet charge was in 1951, in Korea. The last US Army training for bayonets ended in 2010.

    Yes, the Marines still train and issue them. That falls under "fewer", as does the ceremonial horses used in parades and funerals, but they're not being used to pull cannons into firing range anymore.

    So, the question posed is "Did Obama actually say or imply that the modern military does not use/need bayonets?"

    The answer is that no, he didn't say we don't use them. The argument could be made that he implied we don't NEED them - and I don't think that's wrong.

    I trained with a bayonet in the Army. Frankly, one of my favorite memories from Basic. And after that 8 week period (back in the early 90s), I never saw one again.*


    *caveat before I get pounced on: No, I was not in a front-line combat unit. I was a REMF, but it never even came up again in the training we still had to maintain.
     
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    I carried a bayonet everyday in Iraq. That would be a real shame if the Army got rid of them.