“Your marines seem to have exceeded the ops plan,” a British lieutenant colonel told him.
“Well, of course,” Chretien replied. “They’re marines. They’re dogs of war. It’s what they do.”
When Chretien had informed a three-star British general who was visiting Anbar province that he was heading to Helmand, the general had said: “We want a marriage with you Yanks in Helmand, not a date rape.”
Part of a longer excerpt in the Guardian from “Little America”, by Rajiv Chandrasekaran.