June 18, 2024

Toledo Mayor Boots Marines

Here’s more evidence that democracy can yield piss-poor leaders.  Happily, the process is self-correcting.

Carty Finkbeiner, the mayor of Toledo, Ohio – you know, that eminent American city in the heart of the midwest that’s known for producing the Mud Hens of M*A*S*H fame and very little else – has kicked the United States Marines out of town, overriding his own police chief in denying them permission to train in the city.

The mayor’s spokesperson, Brian Schwartz said, “The mayor asked them to leave because they frighten people. He did not want them practicing and drilling in a highly visible area."

What’s scarier?

  1. Seeing U.S. Marines practicing their urban warfare techniques in full view of the public
  2. Knowing Marines didn’t get the training that their commanders thought they needed when they needed it
  3. Having (and having elected) a mayor who doesn’t know the right answer to the question


Marc is a software developer, writer, and part-time political know-it-all who currently resides in Texas in the good ol' U.S.A.

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