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.