Marine Corps. Sergeant Patrick Maxwell left the military with an honorable discharge after bravely serving our country. But as the saying goes – Once a Marine, always a Marine! As it turns out, Maxwell used his vacation time to travel to the Middle East to fight ISIS on his own.
Why did he do it? Because he could!
I’m very libertarian in my beliefs and I don’t think we need to be committing U.S. boots to the ground to do another long war like that. But myself as a private citizen—if I want to go take a vacation and shoot some terrorists in the process, that should be my own business.
As the Texas Standard reports:
Texas Standard speaks to retired Marine Corps. Sergeant Patrick Maxwell, who lives in Austin. Maxwell left the military with an honorable discharge in 2011. More recently he was a volunteer fighter with the Kurdish Peshmerga forces. […]
Although Maxwell said his experience was eye-opening, it wasn’t as active as you would imagine.
“We weren’t actively seeking out the enemy,” Maxwell says. “There’s not a lot of incentive to go out and find the enemy and engage them, so [it’s] … sitting back and watching each other across a no man’s land with trenches and flags set up.”
Realizing they wouldn’t be engaging in a large scale offensive, Maxwell returned to the U.S. in January, two months before his initially anticipated return home.
“In a perfect world, [would I be] back with a rifle in my hand and actually able to do something that I want to do? Yes, but I don’t think that’s the way it would play out. I think it would be back to the same way it was – that political correctness, ‘let’s keep him out of the direct line of fire.’ … I don’t foresee if I went back that it would’ve changed anything at all.”
He wasn’t pleased with how America was handling the terrorist threat under President Barack Obama’s leadership. So he took it upon himself to go overseas and risk his life to fight terrorism.
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