Protect Your Tribe

Marines Take Care of Their Own - Including Robert Mueller

August 02, 2018 - 6:58 pm

By Scott A. Huesing   Special to

Marines take care of their own. It’s not just a bumper sticker we slap on the back of our pickup trucks—it’s something we believe in. We fight for. Bleed for. Sometimes, die for. Robert Mueller understands this. 

For months now, former FBI Director Robert Mueller has repeatedly been raked over the coals for doing his job as special prosecutor for the on-going investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2017 presidential election. 

Let me share something else about Marines. We are a Tribe. We are loyal to our Tribe—and Mueller is part of my tribe. He not only served with distinction as a U.S. Marine in the jungles of Vietnam but is one of the few who can call himself a “Magnificent Bastard” who served in 2d Battalion, 4th Marines as did I when I fought in the bloody streets of Ramadi, Iraq in 2006 during the Surge Strategy.

Mueller’s service in Vietnam was highlighted by contributing editor Garrett M. Graff (WIRED Magazine, June 2018) detailing the battles, survival, and leadership exhibited by then, 2ndLt Bob Mueller. Doesn’t his service still count? Why does our divided nation throw Mueller’s service in the trash? Politicians continually tout their party and personal loyalty standing on the Senate floor proclaiming how they support veterans.

News flash. Mueller is a Veteran. Support him like you say you do all of our nation’s heroes as he battles through this current fight to shed light on an issue of concern to all Americans: democracy and justice. 

Mueller knows more about the words “service” and“sacrifice” than the majority of politicians and pundits continually slamming him as this excruciating and costly investigation drags out to the tune of roughly $10 million per year.

When someone steps in to attack one of my own—I fight. I do what comes instinctively. Protect my Tribe. The mainstream media can continue to blast Mueller day in and day out all they want—trust me he’s seen worse.  

In the spring of 1969, Second Lieutenant Mueller fought and led our nation’s finest. Throughout the battles, he continued to lead. Shot through the leg by an AK-47 from North Vietnamese enemy troops on April 22, 1969, Mueller kept fighting.  

I have to agree with Hugh Hewitt’s assertion in a recent MSNBC interview (Meet the Press DailyMay 17, 2018,) when he adeptly said, “…listen to both sides, await the report and be willing to go in either direction the facts lead us.” But the time is now to either provide the results, in whole or in part. 

Robert Mueller is doing his job, a job that Rod Rosenstein gave him via Jeff Sessions. Years of training and experience have suited Mueller for this job. He may not be doing it the way most want him to, but that’s the reality—not everyone is ever going to be happy. If the administration and officials that appointed him don’t like the direction of the special investigation—cut off the funding and shut it down. 

Grunt math:

  • Sessions bowed out and told Rosenstein to appoint a Special Council
  • Rosenstein appointed Mueller (Successful FBI Director and Republican)
  • Mueller conducts the probe (so-called “Witch Hunt”)
  • Ty Cobb says the administration doesn't want it shut down (yet funds it with another 10 million for 2019)

What’s next? An investigation of the investigation paid for by Americans? 

My position is down-to-earth.  Marines First – Politics second.  To Mueller I say, “Get back to your expeditionary nature you learned as a U.S. Marine: lead and provide America results, now, you Magnificent Bastard.”  


  Major Scott A. Huesing USMC (Ret), is the Bestselling Author of Echo in Ramadi: The Firsthand Story of US Marines in Iraq’s Deadliest CityHe is a retired U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer. His career spanned ten deployments over 24 years of honorable service, both enlisted and commissioned service. He commanded Echo Company, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines in Ramadi, Iraq during some of the deadliest fighting in modern urban combat.