Mike Lamb Comes Clean
I talked to Michael Lamb of Stoic Ventures tonight. He wanted to tell me he was never actually Recon Marine.
Lamb has for many years claimed to be a Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance veteran and someone who worked for assorted government agencies. Only the latter part of that, he told me quietly, is legitimate.
“I’d rather just come on out and get it out there. There’s nothing more to say about it. I came into the Marines as an intel guy, started working at the NSA, and got some deployments out of it. The deployments were national intelligence teams [three letter agencies, ed]. That’s all true. But I was never Recon. Someone called me out on it, and I copped to it. It’s nothing I didn’t bring to my own doorstep. I could easily have shut it down, and I didn’t. It’s a lie I’ve been living for twenty years.
This is a soul cleanse for me after looking over my shoulder all this time.
I apologize to the community, to everyone for misrepresenting myself. I don’t ask or expect forgiveness. I can’t make up for what I did, but I can try to atone for it.”
Asked what he would do next, he said simply,
“I want to be a good dad, and not have to be looking over my shoulder. I brought this to my doorstep, you know. You reap what you sow. However, the lack of character in my past doesn’t mean I can’t take it on the chin now. I’m going to shut down the company, take my licks, and try to figure out my life after that.”
As for me, I’m conflicted, disappointed, and a little sick to my stomach. I didn’t want to have the conversation, and I didn’t want to break the news. I like Mike Lamb. At the same time, I find what he did absolutely abhorrent. How do you reconcile those two things? I don’t know. I’ll start by giving him credit for having the stones to own it. That took a certain amount of testicular fortitude — but I can’t help but wonder when, if ever, this would have happened if no one had finally called him on it.
Here’s what I’ll say, as someone with an anemic and lackluster career behind him and badass American Jedi all around him; it’s tempting to embellish if only to feel worthy of the men and women around you, but no one keeps a secret like that, not ever. Take credit for what you have done and to hell with the rest, else all your legit accomplishments will become tainted by association.
There’s a cautionary tale here on several different levels. I wish I didn’t have to tell it.
Edit: There are some, notably (and understandably) in Scout Sniper and Reconnaissance circles, who think I softballed this. Some (at least one or two of them my friends) feel like this article came across as though I somehow felt sorry for Lamb. That’s not the case, I think this was some egregious fucker indeed. However, if you want to see what members of that community think about it, you can do so by reading what Jerod Johnson of STA Training Group and several others have to say. If any official word comes out of the Association or its members, we’ll post links here.