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September 11

posted at 10:11 pm on September 11, 2012 by

Today is September 11. I vaguely remember that something kind of important happened on this day a few years ago.

But forget that. Ancient history…

How about something a bit more recent? Like the fact that our embassy in Cairo, and our consulate in Benghazi, both got overrun today by Islamist mobs. They didn’t take any hostages, but they killed one of our people in Benghazi and injured several. The consulate was looted and it’s currently burning. And in Cairo the mob took down the Stars And Stripes and raised the flag of al Qaeda in its place.

I always thought that attacking an embassy was considered an act of war. But 1980 seems to have established a new precedent: if a Democrat is President, then muslim mobs may despoil American embassies as much as they wish. Once a Republican gets elected, then they lay off.

Our hostages in Tehran were released a few hours before Reagan was sworn in. If Romney manages to defeat Obama in November, will we see something of the same happen next January?

Well, even if it does, it won’t bring that man back to life. Not even The One, for all his assumed divinity, can do that. (Stopping the rise of the oceans is easy by comparison.)

When I first heard about this, I found myself wondering, “Where were the Marines?” there’s supposed to be a contingent of Marines in each of our embassies, and part of why they’re there is for security.

Well, it turns out to be token. There are a thousand Marines assigned to that kind of duty, spread out among 150 duty stations. Which means it’s an average of just six marines per embassy.

For an embassy in London or Tokyo that’s fine. Those embassies are not in danger. But in a place that has just gone through a revolution, among peoples who are known to hate us and have a history of attacking our embassies, doesn’t it make sense that our embassies should have a larger group of armed men defending them —  and that they should have heavier weapons, like M2 HMG’s already emplaced?

An embassy is considered sovereign territory, and our diplomatic people who live in them shouldn’t be expected to die for that service without any attempt to defend them. Our embassies in places like Cairo, Benghazi, and basically most of the Arab world, ought to have at least 30 Marines assigned to each, and more would be better. And the embassies should be designed for defense.

And it should be publicly stated standing orders that every US embassy will be defended with lethal fire.

If host countries don’t like it, tough shit. There won’t be a problem as long as they make sure our embassies don’t get attacked. But if they can’t do it, our people must.

This is the second and third time our diplomatic missions (American sovereign territory) have been overrun by Muslim mobs. There must never be a fourth, even if the price for that is 500 dead rioters.

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And it should be publicly stated standing orders that every US embassy will be defended with lethal fire.

And a deadman switch to a nuke in the basement. If you seriously can’t keep an embassy from being overrun, you don’t really need a capital.

cthulhu on September 11, 2012 at 11:02 PM

I think a company of Marine infantry for each Embassy in the third world sounds good. And certainly, the Marines must be free from interference from the Ambassador. Remember that the Ambassador ordered the Marines to stand down in Tehran.
As for the nuke in the basement, I’d prefer an ICBM safer that way. I said back in ’79, that Carter should have obliterated Tehran. If he had, we’d live in a much more peaceful world

baron scarpia on September 12, 2012 at 2:01 AM

Exactly. But more to the point, we just helped these guys gain independence. This is a new world record for Sunni backstabbing. Help the Afghans expel Soviets? They bomb our embassies in Tanzania, Kenya, and the WTC twice. Help Saudis against Saddam? Their people thank us on 9/11. Help the Iraqis against Saddam? They start with the IEDs. We helped the Arab Spring just this year, and this is how grateful they are. Let’s never help these jerks ever again. That’s exactly what we should tell the Surians btw.

xuyee on September 12, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Syrians that is

xuyee on September 12, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Now it’s been announced that we lost four people in Benghazi. Our ambassador was killed, and two Marines.

Steven Den Beste on September 12, 2012 at 8:23 AM

The Tehran embassy was taken in November 1979, Steven. They were released in January 1981.

GWB on September 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

And now yet another of our embassies has been pillaged, this time in Yemen.

Steven Den Beste on September 13, 2012 at 9:55 AM

There’s an old saying: “An army of deer led by a lion is more to be feared than an army of lions led by a deer.” Our enemies know this. It seems we need a regular reminder, about once a generation or so.

Blacksmith on September 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM