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During what was billed as a joint CBS, CNN and NPR News Special Report in Iraq, former CBS anchor Dan Rather, CNN's Wolf Blitzer, NPR's Cokie Roberts and a tough old U.S. Marine Sergeant assigned to escort and drive them were captured and yanked out of their Humvee just outside the Green Zone in Baghdad at a fake Iraqi police checkpoint by four terrorists.
As they were forced to kneel the terrorist leader asked if they had any last words or requests before they were beheaded. The grizzled Marine spoke up.
"Yeah, kick me in the ass."
The terrorist leader is outraged. "You mock us in the face of death," he spat.
The Marine shook his head. "Naw, I'm serious. I've been a Marine for twenty years and I don't want to die without putting up some kind of a fight."
The terrorist leader nods his understanding of the Marine's request for a warriors death and kicks the Marine in the ass. The Marine went sprawling, rolled to his knees, pulled a 9 mm pistol from inside his cammies, and shot the leader and the other three terrorists dead.
As the Marine helped the stunned reporters to their feet, they asked him, "Why didn't you just shoot them in the beginning? Why did you ask him to kick you in the ass first?"
"What," replied the Marine, "and have you three assholes report that I was the aggressor?