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    Re: REPORTS: No Live Ammo for Marines

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    This is unbelievable. Honestly, I can't believe it. She should be prosecuted, in my opinion. This is just gross negligence. This should not be one individual's decision. We should have a national police. And it should include our having the ability to defend ourselves on our own soil if we are attacked.
    This isn't the first time, Mags. The Marine barracks were bombed in Beirut when a yellow cab raced through the gate unchallenged and detonated by the Marine barracks killing 50 or more people. The Marines at the gate were not carrying loaded weapons. It was Sec. of Defense Casper Weinberger, under Ronald Reagan who was responsible for that directive. Nothing happened to Weinberger.

    Washington never learns or either they don't really care that much about the troops. My opinion is that it is both.

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    Re: REPORTS: No Live Ammo for Marines

    So have we actually definitively concluded that these accusations are true, despite the fact that a Pentagon spokesman says it wasn't? Have the claims by the blog(s) been corroborated? Seems like a lot of folks are jumping on the "rush to criticism" bandwagon before actually ascertaining the facts. Just sayin'
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    Re: REPORTS: No Live Ammo for Marines

    We will never know...officially and truthfully...if these guys had ammo or not.

    Frankly, I don't trust the Pentagon's statement. And, of course, any Marine caught posting to a blog about the truth would be stomped hard.

    As I said...from personal experience...I know it does happen.
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    Re: REPORTS: No Live Ammo for Marines

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    So have we actually definitively concluded that these accusations are true, despite the fact that a Pentagon spokesman says it wasn't? Have the claims by the blog(s) been corroborated? Seems like a lot of folks are jumping on the "rush to criticism" bandwagon before actually ascertaining the facts. Just sayin'
    No one in Washington has enough balls to put their head in that noose. The real answer is anyone's guess. But, you can bet your ass if security is breached and Americans die no one but no one in Washington will fall on that sword. Everyone will deny mandating unloaded weapons. One thing Washington does well is butt cover.

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    Re: REPORTS: No Live Ammo for Marines

    If the Obama Administration are sending a toothless tiger to the Middle East is beyond laughable ... it's plain stupid and a danger to the troops.

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    Re: REPORTS: No Live Ammo for Marines

    Quote Originally Posted by Mya View Post
    If the Obama Administration are sending a toothless tiger to the Middle East is beyond laughable ... it's plain stupid and a danger to the troops.
    It's not true, the article was updated and says it's a false report.


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    Re: REPORTS: No Live Ammo for Marines

    ^^^

    let's hope so

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    Re: REPORTS: No Live Ammo for Marines

    Quote Originally Posted by Mya View Post
    If the Obama Administration are sending a toothless tiger to the Middle East is beyond laughable ... it's plain stupid and a danger to the troops.
    I think it's fairly complex. It seems that agents provocateur representing Islamists (not Muslims) have seized the opportunity to excite local malcontents to protest and damage American Embassies and Consulates. Host government troops are really the people you want fighting off the local malcontents. Diplomatically it would seem the best policy. Marines dealing death to the malcontents would likely escalate the situation in most of those countries. You'd want to use the Marines as a last resort in most cases regarding the present attacks. At the same time it is pure idiocy not to allow them carry loaded weapons. It is even more stupid to announce it to the world. Both those things can surely get Marines killed.

    Seems to me that there aren't a hell of a lot of options to consider. At the same time not allowing your defensive force to carry loaded weapons should never be an option.

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    Re: REPORTS: No Live Ammo for Marines

    Quote Originally Posted by Das Sozialist View Post
    It's not true, the article was updated and says it's a false report.

    As I said...I don't necessarily believe what might be a CYA announcement from the Pentagon, but we won't ever know what we can all believe is the truth.

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    Re: REPORTS: No Live Ammo for Marines

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Psst. Story has been retracted.



    Ask all the dead Al-Qaeda leaders about Obama projecting strength. Thanks.

    You're wrong about the WH's response, by the way.
    No, Im not. The Obama admin sympathized with the rioters about how they felt about the movie (which isnt the entire reason they are rioting but excuses are excuses) but with Romney he went right after him.

    Later after it was clear that people did not agree with the tone of the embassy reply he walked it back. The media narrative placed more emphasis on what Romney said than what the President was actually doing--again, disgraceful.

    Bullet thing---true or false, the problem becomes our level of preparation was so poor that people were ready to believe this. We need to overhaul our State protocols on embassy and consulate protection. 4 dead bodies says its obvious we arent doing enough.

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