I can't find a definitive, reliable source for this (which is to say the good Lt Col may or may not exist, and may or may not ever have said such a thing), which I received by e-mail, so I'll plead the answer any good novelist will use when asked if something in a novel is true: If it isn't, it should be.
"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end." --R. J. Wiedemann LtCol. USMC Ret.Hat tip: Con
Update: The following were posted as comments, but belong in the body of this post as an integral part of the experience:
R.J.Wiedemann | 08.28.09 - 6:27 pm:
This Quote is not original with me. It was the winner in an annual contest at Texas A&M University
Doc | 08.29.09 - 5:28 am:
Which places the author of this blog in something of a quandary. There are two ways of viewing the post as it now stands. The first view might be that the post is obviously inaccurate and should be corrected. The second view is that, taken with the comment, the post itself, including the caveat that it does, is now not only more accurate than before, but also stands as a testimony to the integrity of the USMC.
The author, having spent two years as the only USAF officer of any rank stationed on Camp Pendleton, CA, during General Zinni's tenure, chooses to go with the latter view.
Thanks for the correction, devil dog. Semper Fi!