December 15th, 2009
09:55 AM ET

Marines eager, wary about leading surge

Camp Lejeune, North Carolina - On a base accustomed to deploying Marines into some of the most hostile war zones, you would expect some hesitancy when units from here were asked to surge into some of the worst fighting since the start of the war in Afghanistan.

This week, the first of 1,500 Marines will be part of the initial wave of President Obama's surge plan to head to Afghanistan's restive provinces to support Marines and soldiers fighting a dug-in Taliban force. However, many Marines we talked to in this coastal, scrub pine-covered North Carolina base are more than excited to go, despite the dangers that await them.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic about the situation. I've got a good group of Marines that are behind me, so I'm real excited about the deployment," said Sgt. Jason Bendett of the 3rd Platoon, A Company, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, based at Lejeune.

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  1. Md Patel

    This is the game of oil/energy in the name of terrorism. MEDIA N BUSH ADMINISTRATION is responsible for all this havoc. People are fighting for justice and their homeland. US administration should know that it can not misguide people of US and the rest of world (the people especially, Muslim youth is very well aware about present world situation. The U.S. or its media power can not misguide them. US Democracy is sabotaged by small group which always misguide its own citizen and media cooperate very well in this act (crime against humanity)
    The Youth of today is well aware about this game of energy for small group of people (This energy is not for people of The Great Nation the U.S.A. NO DOUBT, in the past history, this great nation had very good leader ship). This is not war against terrorism. This is a war of energy for small group of people (the common citizen will not get any benefit from this war of energy. But, their innocent children’s' (soldiers) lost their lives for this game of energy (for very small group). This war is not for protecting people of U.S.A. but energy for small group.

    January 2, 2010 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. Alex R.

    The USMC has become the poster boy for how expeditionary forces should operate. People tend to associate them with being the lighter combat forces that have to face whatever it is the government tells them to(which is what they are meant to do). The problem is that their are not enough Marines to accomplish this mission on their own and the heavier slower Army is brought in to fill in the gaps. While the Army is in no way inferior, they are simply tasked with different strategies and equipment that are more effective in a conventional war. In short all three branches accomplish three tasks effectivly involving either War, Peace or Logistics and the one the US needs in Afghanistan is currently undermanned.

    December 27, 2009 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Many Contributors in Afghanistan

    I have noticed the media is madly, head over heels in love with the USMC and yes, they are very deserving of attention. All due respect to one of the best and most experienced military units in the world but they are a small part of a massive ground force conducting combat operations throughout Afghanistan including Helmand province. Just saying, am I the only one who has noticed this? Pass some credit around. I have met those who did not know the Marines were not the sole unit in Afghanistan, seriousley! I know the MEB battlespace is pretty hot right now but check in with the 4th Brigade, 82nd ID(A), or one of their other very deserving subordinate units. Best of luck to the 2nd LAR on a safe and successful delpoyment.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |