Whoa there, Minty. You’re assuming too much about me here. I happen to believe that Oswald was the guy who shot Kennedy. All of the evidence points directly at him, and the only things that don’t point at him are shadowy and circumstantial.
As for the Marine training, there may be a semantic issue here. I specifically looked this up for someone a year or two ago, and the impression I got was that Oswald was an average shot. It may be that ‘sharpshooter’ IS the minimum qualification at that level. Unfortunately, all my books are still packed away from when we moved to our new house, so I won’t be able to validate that.
I’d never seen that Marina Oswald quote saying that he ‘practiced all the time’. Did she mean at home, just practicing working the action? Anyway, it’s not an important point since as I already said I believe Oswald could and did shoot him. I was simply asking because you were saying things I hadn’t heard before, so I wanted to know where you heard it.
I still find a lot of the whole situation odd. I’ve never understood how a person of Oswald’s character wound up in a sensitive position in the Marines with a ‘secret’ clearance, then could renounce his citizenship and becomes a Soviet citizen, then is allowed to leave the Soviet Union and come back to the U.S. without any repercussions or really even much of an investigation.
But such thoughts aren’t material and say nothing about his guilt or innocence. It’s just details like that that make the story so compelling.