Lions on the ground. A reference to the United Nations and the way it operates, which comes from the reference of ‘Lions led by Donkeys’. A phrase popularly used to describe the British infantry of World War I, and to condemn the generals who commanded them. In the buffer zone Syria, the first vehicle of the chemical weapons investigation team was deliberately shot at multiple times by unidentified snipers As the vehicle was deemed unserviceable through its weakened armoured glass plate, the team returned safely back to the government checkpoint; where they de-bussed to a secondary vehicle, and continued to the task in hand. Lions on the ground! Yours Aye.
Generally, you don’t want to publicize your snipers. Good ones are national treasures, fomenting chaos in enemies ranks. For example, SEAL Chris Kyle used to be called Al-Shaitan Ramad (The Devil of Ramadi) for his lethality. Another fact military folks should keep close to their vest (if they wear them) is the wives of their leaders. It opens the families up to all sorts of potentially dangerous exploitation when it becomes known who the head honcho’s wife is. This captioned picture breaks all those rules:
BRET: Yes, she’s in Delta Force. She’s been deployed to Fallujah.
JEMAINE: But she works in the croissant shop.
BRET: Yeah, she’s got two jobs. She’s a pastry chef and a sniper.”
–Flight of the Conchords
Sniper rifles bring out a special breed of man and woman. Some spend thousands of dollars on just the optics of the weapon. Since I can’t shoot this beast, I’ll say I like the looks of the Remington XM2010 Sniper Rifle:
Remington Arms Company, LLC (“Remington”), a member of the Freedom Group family of companies, is pleased to announce the award of a Firm Fixed-Price (FFP) Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for the procurement of XM2010 Sniper Rifle spare parts by the US Army.
Translation: Lots of rifles at one price per unit.