The US Marine Double Tap Insurance Policy

I was asked if I would run this and I readily agreed, I did so with full realization I would get mail with comments like “the ROE doesn’t allow shooting prisoners” or worse “they are cold blooded murderers”. Both of these opposing views are incorrect. First, Fallujah had plenty of warnings and that works both ways, the insurgents had plenty of time to prepare, they set up booby traps, sniper positions and generally prepared to meet mohammed in the deepest pits of hell. They were not stupid they understood they could not win. They just wanted to take as many of our boys with them as possible. Well this is what happened, the Marines took the gloves off and finally received permission to play by big boy rules, I say good on um and good job, we are grateful and proud of you all. American grunts will simply smile; they understand all to well what they have to do, their fathers, grandfathers, brothers and friends have done it and soon their sons. “Semper Fidelis” (Latin for “Always faithful.”)

Note from Doc Bulldog: “Double Tapping” usually means rapidly shooting an enemy combatant twice in the chest (center mass). It is also one way of “Dead Checking” and is sometimes used in lieu of that term when putting an extra bullet or two into a body or head for insurance purposes. I mention this because some readers have sent me email asking for clarification. Cheers

In response to the recent news blurb about the Marine who put two rounds (“double tap”) in a wounded insurgent’s head in Fallujah, here’s a response from one Marine who has been there:

“It’s a safety issue, pure and simple. After assaulting through a target, we put a security round in everybody’s head. Sorry al-Reuters,there’s no paddy wagon rolling around Fallujah picking up “prisoners”and offering them a hot cup a joe, falafel, and a blanket. There’s no time to dick around on the target. You clear the space, dump the chumps, and move on dot org. Are Corpsman expected to treat wounded terrorists? Negative. Hey Libs … worried about the defense budget? Well, it would be waste, fraud, and abuse for a Corpsman to expend one man-minute or a battle dressing on a terrorist. It’s much cheaper to just spend the $.02 on a 5.56mm FMJ [full metal jacket].

By the way, in our view, terrorists who chop off civilian’s heads are not prisoners; they are carcasses. Chopping off a civilian’s head is another reason why these idiots are known as “unlawful combatants.” It seems that most of the world’s journalists have forgotten that fact.

Let me be very clear about this issue. I have looked around the web, and many people get this concept, but there are some stragglers.

Here is your typical Marine sitrep (situation report): You just took fire from unlawful combatants (no uniform – breaking every Geneva Convention rule there is) shooting from a religious building attempting to use the sanctuary status of their position as protection. But you’re in Fallujah now, and the Marine Corps has decided that they’re not playing that game this time. That was Najaf. So you set the mosque on fire and you hose down the terrorists with small arms, launch some AT-4s (rockets), some 40MM grenades into the building and things quiet down. So you run over there, and find some tangos (bad guys) wounded and pretending to be dead. You are aware that suicide martyrdom is like really popular with these idiots, and they think taking some Marines with them would be really cool. So you can either risk your life and your fire team’s lives by having them cover you while you bend down and search a guy that you think is pretending to be dead for some reason.

Most of the time these are the guys with the grenade or vest made of explosives. Also, you don’t know who or what is in the next room. You’re already speaking English to the rest of your fire team or squad which lets the terrorist know you are there and you are his enemy. You are speaking loud because your hearing is poor from shooting people for several days. So you know that there are many other rooms to enter, and that if anyone is still alive in those rooms, they know that Americans are in the mosque. Meanwhile (3 seconds later), you still have this terrorist (that was just shooting at you from a mosque) playing possum. What do you do? You double tap his head, and you go to the next room, that’s what!!!

What about the Geneva Convention and all that Law of Land Warfare stuff? What about it? Without even addressing the issues at hand, your first thought should be, “I’d rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.”

Bear in mind that this tactic of double tapping a fallen terrorist is a perpetual mindset that is reinforced by experience on a minute-by-minute basis. Secondly, you are fighting an unlawful combatant in a Sanctuary, which is a double No-No on his part. Third, tactically you are in no position to take “prisoners” because there are more rooms to search and clear, and the behavior of said terrorist indicates that he is up to no good. No good in Fallujah is a very large place and the low end of no good and the high end of no good are fundamentally the same … Marines end up getting hurt or killed. So there is no compelling reason for you to do anything but double tap this idiot and get on with the mission.

If you are a veteran, then everything I have just written is self-evident. If you are not a veteran then at least try to put yourself in the situation. Remember, in Fallujah there is no yesterday, there is no tomorrow, there is only now. Right NOW. Have you ever lived in NOW for a week? It is really, really not easy. If you have never lived in NOW for longer than it takes to finish the big roller coaster at Six Flags, then shut your hole about putting Marines in jail for “War Crimes”.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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21 Comments on “The US Marine Double Tap Insurance Policy”

  1. Leatherneck Says:


    G-d’s speed to our men in harmes way.


    What? They don’t serve the enemy wounded tea and crumpets? This is what a military is for-wiping out the enemy. A brain damaged moron should understand that and unfortunately we seem to have an abundance of them. Now if only the media would be barred so the military can do what it does best without the hinderance of idiots all the time. This filth is nothing but bandits, criminals and pirates lacking nationality-the Geneva Convention doesn’t apply to them. Blast them all to hell.

  3. Steve, USN Ret Says:

    Agree 100 %. Most of the morons who bitch & moan are this generations hippie, liberal, P.C. person who probably has zero idea of the REAL military. They get their daily dose of crap from CNN or re-runs of “China Beach” or “Private Benjamin”.

  4. Gramfan Says:

    We are fighting a very different kind of war. No comparison to WW2 where the Nazis had their distinct uniforms, no jungle warfare as in Viet Nam.

    This is what I call a “dishonourable enemy”. No uniform, fifth columnists, and hiding among civilans. I guess it has taken them 1400 years to refine this technique as this method of war is about all they have come up with in centuries.

    Someone said they invented the ultimate smart bomb: the homicide bomber. That is true.

    Different wars need different methods. Nice guys finish last and we are being “too nice”!

  5. Ronin Says:

    I knew I was among friends and ISLAMSFORLOSERS just so you know I always had tea with them, lol. At least that is what I’m going to say from now on. Thanks for the cover story.

  6. Steve, USN Ret Says:

    As to the ISLAMABOMBS that globe-hop around and blow shit up, I would think at some point the need to kill the enemy will outweigh world opinion, our survival is far more important than going down without a fight due to world opinion.

    I do worry that we get to far away from being able to fight “big wars”, ie N. Korea or China, although recent procurement contracts show that “big military” is alive & well (F22, KC-X, B-XX, DDG-1000, etc), the training & dollars needed still need to be available to prepare for that type of conflict, too. Yea, a little O.T., but it’s hump day in OkieLand.

  7. joeblough Says:

    … Remember, in Fallujah there is no yesterday, there is no tomorrow, there is only now. Right NOW. Have you ever lived in NOW for a week? It is really, really not easy. …

    At the risk of getting all “deep” about this, I have to say that that is one of the best, most concise and understandable characterizations of life in war that I have ever read anywhere. No joke.

    What is more, the psychological and philosophical implications of that short statement are enormous, not only about combat but about human nature in general.

    My sincere compliments to the warrior/poet who set those words down.

  8. Ronin Says:


    I agree.

    It was a cross post from:

    (I have never met the person who sent this to me nor do I know why he emailed it but I am glad he did. I do not know the author and even if I did, I wouldn’t tell. Some wacko politician would demand an investigation and be all over CNN with several spokesmen from Muslim groups)

    In addition, if anyone shares it and gets asked who wrote it, give them this answer: “they all did”

  9. Blackdog Says:

    I think that if some dickweed has a problem with soldiers and marines shooting the half-deads, then they need to walk, or in this case, fight a mile in their shoes.

    I am of the mindset that in order for ‘journalists’ to really understand what is going on, they need to participate. That doesn’t mean they stay in the rear of the formation or become FOBbits, hiding behind their cameras in the hopes that the asshats we are fighting don’t shoot them. No, they need to be on point, weapon in hand, taking out bad guys. Let them feel the fear you get looking at a half dead, bent on suicide turd that may be mortally wounded, but is fully capable of killing you in the next 20 seconds.

    Because they would do the same damn thing.

    Staying over here armchair fighting is the gutless turd method of warfare, and the one that AQ wants you to follow.

  10. cavmom Says:

    A sincere thank you for running this post. I pray one day that the sympathizers ‘get it’

  11. ImNoDhimmi Says:

    Thank you, and God bless and keep the brave members of all the coalition troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  12. Ronin Says:

    No need to thank me, thank the USMC.

  13. 10men Says:

    Great post, the West is too bloody soft. Time to harden up if we want to survive.
    I’ve copied this story and will post soon.

  14. Ronin Says:

    10men, enjoy it and share it. Not all of us are soft, just slow to anger.

  15. joeblough Says:


    Indeed. They all did.

  16. Thanks much for putting this up here where some more eyeballs can see this.

  17. Ronin Says:

    Anti Jihadi,

    NP, same fight just different teams. I was glad to run it and pleased with the response. I was told it is flying through military emails. It seems our military agrees with their brother’s assessment or sitrep. BTW, great site and I added it to our blogroll, hope you do not mind,

  18. Jay Wesand Says:

    As a USAF retiree I certainly agree. It is foolhardy for anyone to expect our military to fight unprincipled terrorists according to Geneva Convention stipulations. How stupid can those who expect them to do so be? We are fighting religious fanatics who place no value on human life, their own or anyone elses.

    If we expect to win the ongoing war against terrorism we need to admit that this war is truly against Islam. We hear a lot of protesting that this is merely a lunatic fringe of the Islamic religion that we’re fighting. If that is really true where is the hue and cry from the “Good” majority of the Islamic faith that wants to peacefully co-exist with Israel and those of the Christian religion? My feeling is that if they exist they’re not speaking up and if they’re not speaking up they may as well not exist.

    The leadership of the Islamic organizations we’re fighting have been very clear about their desire to rule the Earth by either killing or subduing those in all non-Islamic nations. It would seem that if we’re truly serious about winning this conflict we need to take these sub-human cretins at their word. The American people, especially the
    liberals who lead the ‘Get our troops out of Iraq faction’, need to pull their heads out of the sand (or elsewhere) and take a good hard look at reality. If you don’t want to call this an all out ‘religious war’, then call it a war of ‘good against evil’. It might also be a good idea to remember which side we’re on.

  19. Steve Says:

    I only wish for all the media to read and see things as they are. Why is it so important to have them shadowing our troops every move and who gave them the right to decide what is important to write about or not? Lets see the whole story, not just what they deem fit!!
    I have a huge question for the military and anyone who counts. Why are wwe fighting a ground war? Why take casualties of the troops on the ground when we could simply remove the troops (which would of course cause the idiots to return to a comfortable position in a town and actually show their faces) and give them about a week and drop a few bombs of our own! Preferably the ones that would melt the sand into glass and cover up all the B.S.!!! Then send in the boys on the ground to double tap any and all that are left.
    If your going to remain in a “hot zone”, you are not a civilian any more. I would call you a unlawful combatant to remain in a war. They have nowhere else to go you say? Start walking now (preferably away from the war) and you can start over on another peice of sand somewhere else. Afterall, they lost everything and have nothing so they would have nothing to loose. Maybe its only MY opinion, and you dont care. Well I do and I only wish there was something I could do from here other than sit back and watch.
    I have two step-sons over there right now and would love for them to be hear instead! Does the media care and talk about that?
    There is no right or wrong to war!! Only winning or loosing!!!!!!!! Geneva convention? I guess if one side doesnt follow it (which is plain to see) why should the other be obligated? This war for the USA has been kind of like a fist fight in the back alley with your mother screaming dont fight dirty now while the other guy has your nuts!! What a JOKE. Get it going or pull out.

  20. Ronin Says:


    foreigners, leftists and socialists control our media. Remember it is a business and if it bleeds it leads. They are not in the truth business

    The “ground war” is necessary. You can not give people freedom and not show them what it means. The simple answer is we are giving them a choice between islamonazis willing to kill randomly and a chance at a normal and safe life. Major portions of Iraq are stable. I don’t know what you hear from your stepsons or how often but I have had long discussions with several returned vets and what they tell me is the opposite of what I see in our MSM.

    Even after 3 tours they want to return and keep doing it until the islamonazis are all dead.

  21. Tom Says:

    Delivered in a very eloquent manner and very well explained. Nice work!!!

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