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http://www.examiner.com/article/baghdad-no-marines-available-for-possible-embassy-rescue

une 15, 2014
As a literal army of terrorists close in on the capital city of Iraq, the Obama Administration has already determined that any evacuation of the American embassy in Baghdad is too "politically sensitive" to take place anytime in the foreseen future, as reported by Fox News on June 13, 2014. Political sensitivities aside, the fact that the closest Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is roughly 1,000 miles away may also hamper any large scale evacuation. As reported by NBC News on June 15, 2014 and The Military Times on June 9, 2014, Barack Obama's Department of Defense (DoD) has been heavy on moving fighter jets and guided missile ships into the Persian Gulf, but moving the region's 1,000 Marines further way.

Ostensibly ordering into Persian Gulf waters to protect "American lives and interests in the region," the super-carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) along with the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) and also the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG-103) are more than capable of blowing opposing aircraft or vessels into very small burning pieces, none of the aforementioned warships were ever designed for amphibious operations or any other contingency resembling a massive evacuation of possibly hundreds of personnel in a hostile environment. However, the USS Bataan (LDH-5) was tailor made for that very mission.

While classified by the Navy as an amphibious assault ship, the Bataan is in reality a combination Harrier jet/helicopter aircraft carrier that also happens to have aboard a reinforced Marine Infantry Battalion. In this case, the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit out of Camp Lejeune, NC.

To best describe to the uninitiated, the overall attitude of the Marine ground pounders could be best summed up in a letter from an Air Force member relating to the folks back home his first night at Afghanistan's Kandahar Airbase, which stated in part:

It will not bother me should I live my entire life without having to kill a man but I have to say I'm glad to be surrounded by a thousand 19 year-old Marines who can't wait to.


Unfortunately for those still in Baghdad's famed Green Zone, the Rusty Nickle and her 1,000 Leathernecks are steaming toward Libyan waters to possibly rescue Americans from a renegade Libyan General stirring up hate and discontent in and around Tripoli, home to the US Embassy.

While the number of Marines assigned to the US Embassy Baghdad is classified, it's been estimated at no more than 100. The standard weaponry for those assigned to Marine Security Guard Battalion is a sidearm issued to each man, and a handful of shotguns deployed to strategic choke points within the compound.

As of press time, there has been no public announcement from the Pentagon if and when the USS Bataan and the 22d MEU will make full steam back towards the Persian Gulf. Undeniably, the sooner they do, the Baghdad Embassy staff and their families back home will rest much easier.

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Re: Baghdad: No Marines available for possible embassy rescue
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2014, 10:14:07 PM »
The Marines 1000 miles away are in reality 2-hours away from the moment they load the transport planes. They are fully capable of performing the mission. Its the A-hole at the top that would rather golf than give them the green light that is the problem. They could have been on the ground securing an airport and evac route two or three days ago.
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Re: Baghdad: No Marines available for possible embassy rescue
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2014, 10:15:58 PM »
Bull crap. I bet you could get ten thousand retired Marines who would march at the drop of a hat just to prove it could be done and to prevent this administration from leaving anyone else behind.

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Re: Baghdad: No Marines available for possible embassy rescue
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2014, 10:16:24 PM »
The Marines 1000 miles away are in reality 2-hours away from the moment they load the transport planes. They are fully capable of performing the mission. Its the A-hole at the top that would rather golf than give them the green light that is the problem. They could have been on the ground securing an airport and evac route two or three days ago.

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Re: Baghdad: No Marines available for possible embassy rescue
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2014, 10:26:32 PM »
The Marines 1000 miles away are in reality 2-hours away from the moment they load the transport planes. They are fully capable of performing the mission. Its the A-hole at the top that would rather golf than give them the green light that is the problem. They could have been on the ground securing an airport and evac route two or three days ago.

Of course the Marines could have saved everyone - just like they could have done in Benghazi. Our problem is not with our fighting forces; it's with our lack of a CinC.
The question is how many people do we have to lose before the voters will want a CinC again instead of just a symbol in the WH? Will we get an opposition in Congress this year? Will we get an American leader in 2016?

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Re: Baghdad: No Marines available for possible embassy rescue
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2014, 10:32:24 PM »
Will we get an American leader in 2016?

Nope, you are going to get the next symbol...this one female.

Americans have no connection with the concept of reality, therefor symbols are all that matter to them.
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You can't open your mind, boys, to every conceivable point of view

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