Thursday, September 13, 2012

Time to pull the Marines out of Egypt and every other US embassy

This is what happens when you have a leftist in the white house and his appointments reflect his same anti American anti common sense strategy to foreign policy. What the hell is the point of having Marines assigned to embassies other than to protect the mission. If they aren't going to allow them to be armed? then they should leave if you ask me. And that should be done immediately, regardless of what this so called ambassador wants.

If her little panty waist opinion of firearms is so colored and convoluted as to carry forth into idiocy, then perhaps she and her staff should be left to be attended to by the Egyptians who she obviously trusts more than her own countrymen.

Looks like their brethren in Libya did a jam up job this week on protecting the US Mission there. Put her on a fast freight back to Cairo and let her rub elbows with her Egyptian friends and security. Tell the Marines mission over, it's time to come home. No point in protecting people who do not want to be protected.

REPORTS: No Live Ammo for Marines

Marine blogs say U.S. embassy did not authorize service members to carry ammo
An Egyptian protester throws a tear gas canister toward riot police during clashes near the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Sept. 13, 2012. (AP)
An Egyptian protester throws a tear gas canister toward riot police during clashes near the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Sept. 13, 2012. (AP)

U.S. Marines defending the American embassy in Egypt were not permitted by the State Department to carry live ammunition, limiting their ability to respond to attacks like those this week on the U.S. consulate in Cairo.
Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson “did not permit U.S. Marine guards to carry live ammunition,” according to multiple reports on U.S. Marine Corps blogs spotted by Nightwatch. “She neutralized any U.S. military capability that was dedicated to preserve her life and protect the US Embassy.”
U.S. officials have yet to confirm or comment on the reports. Time magazine’s Battleland blog reported Thursday “Senior U.S. officials late Wednesday declined to discuss in detail the security at either Cairo or Benghazi, so answers may be slow in coming.”
If true, the reports indicate that Patterson shirked her obligation to protect U.S. interests, Nightwatch states.
“She did not defend U.S. sovereign territory and betrayed her oath of office,” the report states. “She neutered the Marines posted to defend the embassy, trusting the Egyptians over the Marines.”
While Marines are typically relied on to defend U.S. territory abroad, such as embassies, these reports indicate that the Obama administration was relying on Egypt’s new Muslim Brotherhood-backed government to ensure American security, a move observers are questioning as violence in Cairo continues to rage.
Marc Toner, the State Department’s deputy spokesperson, did not respond to a request for comment from the Free Beacon. White House National Security Council spokesperson Tommy Vietor also did not respond to a request for comment.
The U.S. ambassador to any nation ultimately decides whether Marines are authorized to carry ammunition, according to a GOP national security adviser knowledgeable about American embassy protocols.
“In the end, the ambassador of any country has the final call on what to do in a country,” the source said. “The buck stops with you. You make every decision.”
Security procedures are subjective and subject to change depending on locale, the source said.
Each ambassador, in consultation with their Regional Security Officer (RSO), sets the policy regarding the rules of engagement, according to the adviser. The RSO is responsible for coordinating all security measures and reports directly to the ambassador in any given nation.
“A decision or order to set rules of engagement that you can’t carry live ammunition and can’t engage violent crowds climbing over your walls and tearing down your flag stems from direct orders from the Chief of Mission and possibly whoever the Chief of Mission reports to,” the source explained.
Given that the siege of the Cairo embassy unfolded over many hours, the source wondered if new orders pertaining to the rules of engagement were ever issued.
Ambassador Anne Patterson was in D.C. during the attacks, according to reports.
“I cannot believe that over an eight hour period that nobody … in that chain of command did not ask those questions of their superiors,” the source said. “These protestors did not just appear and within 20 minutes climb the wall.”
The Free Beacon will continue to update this report as events warrant.

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