And this is how it begins…
U.S. officials say some 50 Marines are being sent to Libya to reinforce security at U.S. diplomatic facilities in the aftermath of an attack in the eastern city of Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador and three American members of his staff.
The Marines are members of an elite group known as a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team, whose role is to respond on short notice to terrorism threats and to reinforce security at U.S. embassies. They operate worldwide.
How many Marines will it take to secure every US facility in Libya? More than 50. It would take that many to starve off an armed attack using heavy weapons.
Libya is unstable and the Obama Administration has a choice between going all in to secure it or completely pulling out and taking all staff with it. 50 Marines are not going to hold off the thousands of Jihadist fighters that Obama’s intervention in Libya attracted there. The current attack will attract more Muslim Jihadists looking for a fight and the cycle will begin, with more security forces and more Jihadists until the United States either finds itself fighting a Libyan insurgency or pulling out.
Anyone could have seen this coming, but Obama’s people chose to believe that they could have a bloodless victory in Libya with some bombing raids and refusing to call it a war. Now they have to deal with the consequences.