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1,000 more Marines to
protect U.S. embassies

Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 12/7/2012 9:44:06 AM

Hoping that the recent murder of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya won´t be forgotten, the Senate has approved a measure to add 1,000 more U.S. Marines to embassy security forces, drawing cheers from the diplomatic corps. The extra Marines would nearly double the size of the security force of 1,200 stationed in 130 countries. Susan Johnson, president of the American Foreign Service Association, said, "Increasing the Embassy Marine Security Guard program is going to benefit many of our embassies and consulates that have had to find a balance between security needs and what resources, including Marines, are available."

She´s glad that Congress is working to improve security at our diplomatic missions?? The spokesman from the State Department specifically stated finances had nothing to do with the lack of security in Benghazi.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: twinkle93, 12/7/2012 9:50:09 AM     (No. 9053385)

And do all the embassies have sufficient living quarters for the extra marines.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: MrYules, 12/7/2012 9:53:31 AM     (No. 9053393)

On the surface it sounds like a "reasonable" idea, but the deciding factor is "political", i.e. whether the "administration" will do the "right thing" when the crunch comes. What is the track record of this "administration" over the years?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: dr.lakerman, 12/7/2012 10:15:10 AM     (No. 9053458)

In some countries, the marines are not allowed to load their ammunition into their firearms. I believe Libya was one of those countries.
So, adding 1000 marines without arming them properly, is meaningless.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: manitouman, 12/7/2012 10:48:52 AM     (No. 9053538)

Cardboard cutouts of Marines don´t take up as much room, and are as useful as those without arms and ammunition.

Viva la Corrugated Marines! Easily stored. Easy to erect. Will not tire. Can be retouched with ink or paint. Reasonable facsimile of political lawmakers!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Safari Man, 12/7/2012 11:07:12 AM     (No. 9053592)

Ambassador Stevens was unavailable for comment.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 12/7/2012 11:07:58 AM     (No. 9053594)

I was an Embassy Marine in the late 60´s. if I remember correctly the Ambassador was the only one who could authorize use of firearms. #1, the Marines do not reside in the Embassy. They have what is called the Marine House, a house rented in town by the State Department.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: lylacat, 12/7/2012 11:38:03 AM     (No. 9053651)

Yes, by all means, Hillary, be sure to close that door now that the horse has gotten out.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: jgat, 12/7/2012 12:43:37 PM     (No. 9053778)

I wish the Marines all the best in defending embassies. They are good in combat but any Marine commander that would select any defensive position with the multitude of defensive weaknesses of any embassy would be summarily relieved of command. Marines can raise the cost overrunning an embassy but it can and will likely be done. A friendly local government is the best defense.

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