September 11

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.