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September 13, 2012

REPORTS: Marines not permitted live ammo

I just copied the WFB's headline because I don't really have words of my own right now, except for WHAT THE F*CK!!?

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 US Marine guards to carry live ammunition,” according to multiple reports on U.S. Marine Corps blog spotted by Nightwatch. “She neutralized any US military capability that was dedicated to preserve her life and protect the US Embassy.”

Can this possibly be true? All the articles I could find on it with a quick web search point back to the same source as the WFB piece, so the accuracy level is at least equal to or greater than Brian Ross's.

It also fits with the shameful reaction of the embassy on Tuesday and with the excuses made for not fortifying the "interim" consulate in Benghazi.

You'd think a president who was so super awesome that he doesn't need intelligence briefings would be all over this kind of thing, but you'd be wrong.

And as a reminder, this administration loves them some unarmed Marines:

Before Panetta came into the hall, Sgt. Maj. Brandon Hall told the more than 200 Marines in the room to take their weapons outside and leave them there. Afghan troops had already been told not to bring their guns in.

"Something has come to light," Hall told the troops. It was a highly unusual order, and some in the audience said they had never seen that happen before.

Maddening.






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