Report: Obama Ambassador in Egypt Forbids US Marines From Carrying Live Ammo …Update: Pentagon Denies Report

Protesters destroy an American flag pulled down from the U.S. embassy in Cairo September 11, 2012. Egyptian protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy on Tuesday, tore down the American flag and burned it during a protest over what they said was a film being produced in the United States that insulted Prophet Mohammad. (REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghani)

Unbelievable. The US Ambassador to Egypt forbids US Marines at the embassy from carrying live rounds.
The Washington Free Beacon reported:

U.S. Marines defending the American embassy in Egypt were not permitted by the State Department to carry live ammunition, limiting their ability to respond to attacks like those this week on the U.S. consulate in Cairo.

Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson “did not permit U.S. Marine guards to carry live ammunition,” according to multiple reports on U.S. Marine Corps blogs spotted by Nightwatch. “She neutralized any U.S. military capability that was dedicated to preserve her life and protect the US Embassy.”

U.S. officials have yet to confirm or comment on the reports. Time magazine’s Battleland blog reported Thursday “Senior U.S. officials late Wednesday declined to discuss in detail the security at either Cairo or Benghazi, so answers may be slow in coming.”

If true, the reports indicate that Patterson shirked her obligation to protect U.S. interests, Nightwatch states.

Anne Patterson, US Ambassador to Egypt, greets Mohammad Badie, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood leader, in Cairo in January. (Gulf Times)

The radical Islamist leaders in Egypt are planning another massive rally tomorrow at the US Embassy after Friday prayers.

UPDATE: The Pentagon later today denied this report.

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  • http://GatewayPundit Cutlers Bad Thumb

    Screw the ammo, drop a Nuke on these rag heads…..

  • Lars

    Marines should strike, and I do not mean protest.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    I think Anne should reconsider arming the marines—unless she wants to end up like Ambassador Stevens.

    Is anyone in Washington working on getting these guys out of Egypt?

  • Buffalobob

    Rubber bullets for the US Boarder Patrol, no bullets for the embassy Marine Guards. It’s the obama regine’s way.

  • Buffalobob

    obama regine, bow first ask questions later

  • commonwealth

    We have so many criminals in the current administration, we may require the equivalent to the Nurnberg trials. This ambassador has criminally neglected her responsibilities. Holder and Napolitano are implicated in Fast & Furious. Holder’s also implicated in numerous actions where he and his political appointees interfered with official business, overruling career professionals and ignoring the law. We learn as of yesterday that HHS Secretary Sebelius violated the Hatch Act and should be punished, though we know Obama — the lawbreaker-in-chief — will almost certainly do nothing.

    And going along with them all is a criminally corrupt news media that functions as an extra-legal Democratic party machine. No wonder the left must win at all costs.

  • robins111

    Figures, another Bammy appointment.

  • Texas_Treeroach

    What do they use when confronted by a hostile force? — harsh language?!?

    (Idiots are in charge)

  • robotech master

    Since its out and about… its all but an open secret that most US soldiers stationed anywhere are not giving ammo. Outside of MPs its rare to find armed US soldiers. Sure they carry guns with mags in the breech but they have no bullets.

    The easiest way wipe out the US military would be to host “joint exercises” and then attack them because its well known that during most “joint exercises” the military is forbidden from carrying live ammo or even blanks… while other countries will have fully armed soldiers doing the same training, often timing standing right next to the ammo less US soldiers.

  • dwd

    If the crazies weren’t motivated before, they will be now. What should be a heavily guarded fortress has been revealed as a soft target.

  • donh



  • Marsh626

    Ah, a V for Vendetta/Anon/Occupy mask. Yet another interesting data point linking the Western and international Left with “islamists” (evil devout muslims). They have common enemies afterall – you and I – and a similar revolutionary mindset.

  • dba…vagabond trader

    Bet they aren’t allowed to carry live ammo in any muzz sh*thole. Don’t want to offend the sensitive camel fckers.

  • mg4us

    WTF. . no real ammo?

    Agree with #6 Commonwealth. . .

    Obama, his administration. . . and the MSM talking heads and propagandists too. . .

  • Robert

    Hillary, Huma, Susan Rice, Samantha Powers, Anne Patterson.

    These women are charged with and\or responsible for implementing American foreign policy in the Middle East. As we are seeing, they are incompetent because they live in an illusion of security and do not see the world for what it is. Thus, entire outposts are ill-equipped to defend themselves when the barbarians storm the gates.

  • serfer62

    Attention Commadant of the Marine Corp

    recall embassy guards NOW!

  • Granny

    And now that it has been announced that the few Marines guarding the US Embassy in Cairo are not permitted to even CARRY live ammo, never mind load it, by a do-nothing political appointee of a do-nothing “president” who hasn’t even bothered to attend his national intelligence briefings, even on the day after a US Ambassador was brutally raped and murdered, the US Embassy in Cairo will be overrun tomorrow by the maddening hordes.

  • bigkahuna

    I say we put Libs and their families in the embassies and then ask them if they want marines to carry live ammo.

    If I was not allowed to do so as a marine there. I would quit, refuse duty or request transfer as the idiot wont give them the tools to do their job safely.

    Obama administration from the top down is a Clusterf*ck !

  • Robert

    They probably couldn’t get ammunition after all the different federal domestic agencies that bought hundreds of millions of rounds to use against … us?

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Assuming this report is accurate, this ambassador should be removed from the post immediately. Embassy workers are being put at risk for the sake of political correctness.

    If she doesn’t like being around armed Marines, maybe she should get her own office in an unsecured complex and expose herself to danger, instead of unnecessarily endangering the lives of other people.