In answer to the first question, maybe. I was with FASTCENT, meaning FAST Company Central Command. Libya would have not been in of our AO. Egypt was the easternmost nation in our AO. So they could be coming from FASTEUR or even from Marine Corps Security Force Regiment directly. Since I am no longer in the regiment I can only speculate along with everyone else. I imagine by the time this gets posted we’ll know more.
|Here is the coffee mug I got while visiting one of my FAST platoons in Cairo during the “Arab Spring.” They never got over the wall on our watch.|
Now, if America’s SgtMaj were running the show, we’d strongly condemn recent attacks on Americans through the liberal use of various munitions, a Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a couple of bulldozers. This is also the very reason our country is run by civilians and not the military.
In answer to the second question, I would suggest sometimes you want the bad guys to know the Marines are coming. Nothing causes a change in behavior like a heavily armed platoon of Marines praying for a reason to fire machine guns in all directions. During the “Arab Spring” one of the Regional Security Officers in Cairo remarked to my platoon sergeant: “Your men look like fighters.” If the presence of a few predators keeps the rest of the animals in line without bloodshed, I’m ok with that.
|Another picture of my Cairo coffee mug. Notice how peaceful it seems?|
What really drives me bonkers is merely months after I left the Middle East behind they decide to lose their minds. Marines are going into harms way and I wish I were among them, as do all right minded American warriors I think.