I wrote this poem back in 2005 while stationed with 2nd BTO Company, USMC, on Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Georgia. The entire poem is still very relevant today; without any editing.  Enjoy……

“The American News Media – A Marine’s Diatribe”

By D.K. Devaney


The American news media is definitely left of center,

they spew their rhetoric and act like they are better,

how many have spent a day in uniform?

Yet they think they are experts in every forum.


They attack the police at every chance,

till they need their help while pissing their pants,

they attack the military with a vibrant vigor,

while they go to a bar for another jigger.


They talk about peace and happiness while eating gumbo,

then they twist our heroic stories into mumbo jumbo,

they twist our stories and turn them into lies,

then they write a book on combat while Marines save lives.


If you want to criticize us, then pick up a gun,

or is that too much? It would ruin your fun.

You want us to fight so you can sleep peacefully at night,

but when asked to enlist, you run in fright.


You think with your education that you are pretty smart,

I respect you none, for not doing your part,

you think with your education that you are elite,

after a fifteen mile hike I wouldn’t let you kiss me feet.


You are an infecting public opinion with your lame story,

you wouldn’t last a second among the warriors who keep you free.

I respect the enemy, because at least he fights for his survival,

yet we will destroy him even with your lies that are so vial.


I hope the next time the terrorists attack; it is you that is their goal,

not your family, not your friends, but you – asshole!

I hate the TV and I hate the news and for you I do not give a hoot,

I want to smash you face and kick your ass with my combat boot.

“The American public is slow to learn, but not stupid. The cowards in the Universities and the news Media will infect the public with hopelessness and panic. You must give the Americans many casualties to unsettle their determination. Our people will suffer greatly, but we will hide the loses and the enemy must never discover how close he is to victory even now.”

1967 General Giap, V. C. Commander

If you are reading this, thank a teacher;

If you are reading this in English, thank a warrior.

Think about that………




About The Author

David K. Devaney SgtMaj USMC Retired 2009 City of Hit Iraq with PTTDavid was born in Geneva New York and graduated from Geneva High School in 1980. He joined the Marine Corps on a guaranteed Infantry contract in April of 1983. After graduating boot camp he was stationed in Hawaii with 3rdBattalion 3rd Marines (3/3). While assigned to 3/3 he held billets as a rifleman, fire team leader, and squad leader. During 1986 Corporal (Cpl) Devaney was selected as a member of Surveillance and Target Acquisition (STA) Platoon, 3rd Battalion 3rd Marine. Upon graduation of Scout Sniper School he was assigned to the Scout Sniper Section of 3/3 STA Platoon. During his second deployment as a Scout Sniper with 3/3 he was promoted to Sergeant (Sgt). After a tour on the drill field from 1989-1991 Sgt Devaney returned to STA 3/3 were he deployed two more times. During 1994 Sgt Devaney was selected to the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSgt) and ordered to III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF), Special Operation Training Group (SOTG); while at SOTG SSgt Devaney was assigned as a Reconnaissance and Surveillance (R&S) and Urban Sniper Instructor and Chief Instructor. At the time III MEF SOTG Instructors were members of Joint Task Force 510 (JTF 510 CT); a Counter Terrorism Task Force. In 1998 he deployed to Operation Desert Fox with Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2/4 and was attached to Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 572/594 as a sniper. SSgt Devaney deployed again, during 2000, with ODA 135/136/132 to Malaysia as member of JTF 510, working with the Malaysian National Police. After leaving SOTG Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt) Devaney was assigned to Company A 1st Battalion 7th Marine, and spent much of his time training the Scout Snipers of 1/7. Just before the invasion of Iraq, in 2003, he was selected to the rank of First Sergeant (1stSgt) and led 270 Marines, sailors, and soldiers during combat – receiving a Bronze Star Medal for destroying the enemy and their will to fight. During 2004 1st Sgt Devaney was ordered to duty as the Inspector Instructor Staff 1st Sgt for 2nd Beach and Terminal Operations Company, Savannah, Georgia. During 2007 he was selected to the rank of Sergeant Major (SgtMaj) and received orders to Electronic Warfare Squadron 4 (VMAQ-4) stationed at Cherry Point, NC. There he trained a CADRE which in turn trained a massive Quick Reaction Force in combat operations. After two more deployments to Iraq SgtMaj Devaney received orders to Weapons Training Battalion, Quantico, VA. SgtMaj Devaney retired from the Marine Corps on 31 December 20013. He now works as an adjunct combat instructor at the “Crucible’’ in Fredericksburg, VA. David is also on the Board of Directors of the Marine Corps Scout Sniper Association. David’s published work: Books Devaney, D.K. (2007). Surviving combat: Mentally and physically (3rd edition). 29 Palms, CA: USMC. Devaney, D.K. (2015). They Were Heroes: A Sergeant Major’s Tribute to Combat Marines of Iraq and Afghanistan. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. Articles Devaney, D.K. (2011) Enough Talk of Suicide, Already! Proceedings Magazine. Devaney, D.K. (2011) Can PTSD Be Prevented Through Education? Proceedings Magazine. Devaney, D.K. (2012) PTSD Is Not Cancer. The Marine Corps Gazette. Devaney, D.K. (2012) Women in Combat Arms Units. The Marine Corps Gazette.

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