The September 11th storming of the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, which led to the seizure of the American flag and its burning on sovereign territory, has an ugly twist: Marines who claim to have guarded the embassy say that the Ambassador to Egypt did not permit them to carry live ammunition. If confirmed to be accurate, the reports will throw the chaotic events in Egypt into a vastly different light.
The initial protest in Cairo was announced by the terrorist group Jamaa Islamiya as early as August 30th. At the protest, a black al Qaeda flag was erected over the embassy. More protests and flag burnings were then held outside the embassy on September 12th, which is a sure sign of an escalation in hostilities. A one-million strong Islamic “Friday of Anger” is planned for September 14th, although it is unclear what the turnout will actually be.
Under such volatile circumstances, one would imagine that Marines given the duty to protect a U.S. embassy would be given the authorization to carry live ammunition in order to effectively do so; and especially with four American diplomatic staff dead in Libya.
As the Washington Free Beacon reports, U.S. Marine Corps blogs reporting the denial of live ammunition were spotted by the international news service Nightwatch. As one Marine corps blogger reported, Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson “neutralized any U.S. military capability that was dedicated to preserve her life and protect the US Embassy.”
“She did not defend U.S. sovereign territory and betrayed her oath of office,” the Marine blogger claimed. “She neutered the Marines posted to defend the embassy, trusting the Egyptians over the Marines.”
The State Department has not yet provided details of the security situation at the time of the protests; therefore, a clearer picture of what actually happened is forthcoming.
It appears that the Obama administration may have been relying on the Muslim Brotherhood-led government to provide security. Images from the Cairo embassy show protesters generally unconcerned with the threat of a police crackdown. Furthermore, contrary to assertions that the protesters were “ultra-conservatives” or Islamic fundamentalists, many were dressed in Westernized garb and some were even wearing Guy Fawkes masks.
When confronted with the news that American diplomatic missions in Egypt, Libya, and now Yemen were under siege, President Obama and the mainstream media went on the offensive — against presidential candidate Mitt Romney, for daring to point out the administration’s weak response. But as pointed out in a previous article, it was not the first time the Cairo embassy had condemned the free speech of an American citizen, instead of the intolerant reaction of Muslim protesters.
The media spin about Obama’s leadership and the actual record of events are strikingly disparate. As an LA Times article implies, President Obama stopped taking briefings on the missing and later killed Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stephens late September 11th. According to the Washington Post, Obama attended only 38% of his daily intelligence briefings, attending less than half as he hit the campaign trail.