No Live Ammo for Marines Defending US Embassy in Cairo

The Washington Free Beacon reports that the US Marines guarding the United States Embassy in Cairo were not permitted to have live ammunition. Security decisions are made by the Ambassadors. I can see, perhaps, not needing live ammo in Switzerland, but in Egypt?!?! This is insanity.

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. (Read More)

It was reported that the consulate in Libya wasn’t even a secure building – the windows weren’t bulletproof, and the place was only secured by regular locks similar to what we’d have in our homes. There isn’t much left of it now. So much for sovereign territory.

You’d think President Obama would have shown some concern over the security of our embassies. Maybe if he weren’t so arrogant, thinking he only needs to read intelligence briefings as opposed to having conversations with intelligence officials, some lives would have been spared.

What a mess.

Update: The Marines say this report is not accurate, via the Time article linked in the block quote above.