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Reports: U. S. Marines guarding Egyptian Embassy denied live ammo to use in the weapons if needed

September 13, 2012
Although the Obama Administration is trying to deny it, there are numerous reports emerging that U. S. Marines assigned to provide security at the American Embassy in Egypt were denied live ammo in their weapons. The news comes not from the Elite Media (wouldn't you figure) but from blogs that Marines and others close to them posted on various outlets. It is now being reported that the decision was the American Ambassador to Egypt.

Adam Kredo, reporting for the Washington Free Beacon that:A Marine spokesperson at the Pentagon denied reports that U.S. Marines defending the American embassy in Egypt were not permitted by the State Department to carry live ammunition in a statement to Fox News Thursday.

Pentagon Lt. Col. Chris Hughes told the outlet: "The ambassador and RSO (Regional Security Officer) have been completely and appropriately engaged with the security situation. No restrictions on weapons or weapons status have been imposed. This information comes from the Det Commander at AMEMB (American Embassy) Cairo."

The statement came in response to open-source reporting that U.S. Marines defending the American embassy in Egypt were not permitted by the State Department to carry live ammunition.

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."

Time magazine's Battleland blog also reported Thursday that "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. Click here to read the rest of the story which contains active links to background information on this issue.


If true this is a serious breach of security at one of our most important embassies. It should be investigated to determine if true and if so who is responsible for the decision.

But regardless of the accuracy of the information, the damage has already been done. If there is doubt created in the minds of the Islamists who want to destroy America that we will defend our embassies then we are surely headed for another hostage situation. It is only a matter of time.

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    Marines not given ammo at embassies
    September 14, 2012 | 06:05 PM

    The Marine Corps says that the Marines at the embassies have and can use live ammunition. What you are saying is that the Marine Corps is or may be lying. By passing along the unsubsantiated rumor about unarmed Marines, you are likely jeopardizing the lives of people in U.S. embassies around the world. Terrorists and nuts might believe you and be encouraged to attack our diplomatic outposts. You feel good about that?

    Editor's response: If you believe it because the brass said it, go for it. We would rather believe the troops on the ground. Cario embassy officials acknowledged that the Ambassador ordered the ROE, before the story was changed. Go figure. If our troops had ammunition and there was adequate security, when we some Islamists not dispatched to their virgins? That is what it will take to send the message that we will not be defenseless. Not a debate over whether they had live ammo. We don't believe anything this Administration says when it is intended to make them look good. The truth will come out.

    Steven A. Clyburn
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    US Marines
    September 15, 2012 | 10:14 AM

    Nothing surprises me with this administration.
    The deaths in Libya probably could have been avoided if the Embassy Marines were there to protect them, but no, this Commander-in-Chief is a disgrace to those under his command.
    There is only one way to deal with savages in the Middle East-elimination!

    Joe Henderson
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    Marines Lacking Ammo
    September 17, 2012 | 11:15 AM

    Prentending our marines have ammo to protect themselves and others is not the way to get the job done. While I understand your argument that it may open the flood gate for others to attack us knowing we are unarmed, what it should do is open the flood gate in our own country to wake up the sleeping giant within our nation. The giant that once made our nation the greatest in the world, the nation that would not stand still for radicals to scale our walls, burn our flags, murder our citizens and remove arms from our soldiers....all at the orders of our politicians. Its a utter disgrace that We The People are sitting by in silence and allowing this to occur! America needs to wake up and reclaim its back bone!
    Fight for the men and women that fight for us. Never should our marines be standing guard unarmed!

    J Smith
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