is one of the best comeback lines of all time. It is a portion of a
National Public Radio (NPR) interview between a female broadcaster and US
Marine Corps General Reinwald who was about to sponsor a Boy Scout Troop
visiting his military installation.
So, General Reinwald, what things are you going to teach
these young boys when they visit your base?
We're going to teach them climbing, canoeing, archery,
Shooting! That's a bit irresponsible, isn't it?
I don't see why, they'll be properly supervised
on the rifle range.
Don't you admit that this is a terribly dangerous
activity to be teaching children?
I don't see how. We will be teaching them proper
rifle discipline before they even touch a firearm.
But you're equipping them to become violent killers.
GENERAL REINWALD: Well, you're equipped to be a
prostitute, but you're not one, are you?
The radio went silent and the interview ended.
All over America, people were thinking:
"Semper Fi, Marine!"