U.S. embassy security? Not in my experience

  • Article by: Pat Ferguson Hanson
  • Updated: June 17, 2013 - 9:13 AM

When I served in the foreign service in Greece, I got the distinct sense of being expendable.

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pitythefoolsJun. 16, 13 6:41 PM

Diplomats lead a dangerous life. This should be no surprise to anyone, and another sticking point to rabid Republicans who can't understand why no one else cares about Bengagme. Guys, find something useful to do with your time, this dog don't hunt.

bobblumenfelJun. 16, 13 7:12 PM

@Pitythefools: I think the Republicans and the Democrats care about the lives lost about the same, but to the Republicans, it's a "scandal" to use against Dems. What steps, I wonder, would they have taken to make the embassy more secure? Beam in a platoon of rangers? Send in the cavalry? Richard Welch was a brave man, and he knew he was going into a dangerous situation without adequate protection. He chose to go. All we can do now is honor his courage.

pitythefoolsJun. 16, 13 7:37 PM

bobblumenfel: "What steps, I wonder, would they have taken to make the embassy more secure?"

Why, scramble those F-15's of course. Now assume they had the fueling capacity, and could get there in less than 3 hours, what would they do there? Strife civilians randomly? Yeah. That's the ticket!

ianballJun. 17, 13 7:02 AM

The job of the Marines is to protect the Embassy; they have no police authority off the Embassy grounds. Ferguson should have called the Athens police, as the embassy duty officer suggested. Moreover, after the CIA officer's assassination, Ferguson should have taken the initiative - when the embassy security chief apparently did not - and reviewed her apartment location and security risks and consider moving. She didn't, and like other embassy staff, waited for someone else to solve her problem - and complain when they didn't. Bin Der

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