State Department Forces Marines to Disarm: Gives into Yemen Rebels Demands

In what can only be described as one of the worst cases of trying to destroy the morale of our military that I’ve ever seen, U.S. Marines were forced to disarm because the U.S. State Department bowed down to Yemen Rebel’s demands.

As conditions worsened in Yemen, The Obama State Department forced U.S. Marines to surrender their weapons as they evacuated the U.S. Embassy in Yemen. Who gave the exact order is not yet clear, but Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, confirmed the Marines handed over their M-9 pistols and M-4 carbines before evacuating.

Army Col. Steve Warren says the Marines destroyed their machine guns and other crew-served weapons before leaving the Embassy, but admitted it was unclear who now had custody of the weapons and several military vehicles.

But according to reporting at CNN, Houthi rebels may have seized many U.S. Marines’ weapons at the airport, and suggest the American troops also handed over some to random airport officials. More than 25 vehicles were taken by Houthi rebels after Americans departed the city’s airport, airport officials told the Associated Press.

A senior defense official has confirmed to Fox News that Marines were directed to turn over their weapons after leaving the U.S. embassy in Yemen. The Marine Corps doesn’t deny that they were disarmed, but say the Marines removed each bolt from their weapons body and rendered them inoperable by smashing them with a sledgehammer.

The Marine Corps does not dispute the reporting that CENTCOM is outraged over weapons being rendered inoperable. They released the following statement:

The Marine Security Force left the American embassy in Yemen for the movement to the airfield as part of the “ordered departure” with only personal weapons. All crew served weapons were destroyed at the embassy prior to movement. None of them were ‘handed over’ in any way to anyone. The destruction of weapons at the embassy and the airport was carried out in accordance with an approved destruction plan.

Upon arrival at the airfield, all personal weapons were rendered inoperable in accordance with advance planning. Specifically, each bolt was removed from its weapons body and rendered inoperable by smashing with sledgehammers. The weapons bodies, minus the bolts, were then separately smashed with sledgehammers. All of these destroyed components were left at the airport — and components were scattered; no usable weapon was taken from any Marine at Sana’a airport.

To be clear: No Marine handed a weapon to a Houthi, or had one taken from him.”

While what happened to the weapons is still not entirely clear — there are numerous differing reports — asking any member of the military to disarm is sickening. Disarming Marines in a war zone is just incomprehensible, and someone needs to answer for why they put lives at risk by forcing them to disarm in a hot zone.

Since World War II Marines have learned to recite the Rifleman’s Creed…

This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will…

My rifle and myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit…

My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my rifle clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will…

Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.

So be it, until victory is America’s and there is no enemy, but peace!

Many retired Marines took to the internet to express frustration with what they described as a “blatant blunder” of evacuation procedures.

“Whether a commercial flight or military flight, either way it does not add up,” said Yinon Weiss, a former U.S. Marine and the CEO of RallyPoint, a military community website. “I cannot think of any other time in recent U.S. history that any service member had to destroy their own personal weapons.”

To Mr. Weiss, the peculiar act indicates that the Marines were unwitting participants in “a hasty evacuation” and “under duress.”

“The fact that this happened indicates to me that something went terribly wrong,” he said.

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26 Comments

  1. I am truly saddened that our military no longer is given the respect it is due. To evacuate an embassy is bad. To do so utilizing commercial aircraft is criminal that all involved should be held accountable. The Marines were following and am sure surrendering their weapons was difficult. Behavior like this will only drop a already low morale within the ranks, at a time when there is turmoil around the globe. When the wolf (or Russian bear) is at the door who will be there to protect us………………..

    • I don’t even want to make a comment about this, because, if I said what I feel is a reasonable comment I would probably be arrested by this “administration”. I will say however, that this is just another example of how America as I knew it, as I fought for it, is gone.
      Semper Fi

      • 0311Infantrysir,

        I hear you brother. I_was 0341 with a secondary of 2531 back in the mid to late 70’s and like you am appalled at the current state of affairs due to the current regime’s criminal misconduct and moral turpitud.
        That said, however, I commend our brothers for their destruction of those weapons before they did surrender then, throwing a monkey wrench into Obummer’s plan to arm yet another group of Muslim radicals.

    • THIS IS A COMPLETE LIE AND TOTAL FABRICATION..THE MARINE SECURITY AT THE AMERICAN EMBASSY IN YEMEN DESTROYED ALL CREW SERVED WEAPONS AT DEPARTURE FROM YEMENI EMBASSY..THEN BEFORE BOARDING THE FLIGHTS OUT(LAST TO LEAVE) DESTROYED ALL PERSONAL AND SMALL ARMS AS PER STATE DEPT AND MARINE CORPS PROTOCOL..MORE LIES CONJURED UP BY CERTAIN EXTREMIST POLITICAL FACTIONS AND THEIR ANTI AMERICAN MEDIA PROPAGANDA OUTLETS (THEN IMMEDIATELY RETRACTED)

      • CPT Russell,

        I take from your bold faced type comments, that you have personal, first-hand, on the ground insight into what “really” took place at the embassy regarding this event. barring any experience on past protocols and procedures, I expect that it is wisest to withhold such bold pronouncements. As a retired Special Forces soldier, I know, as you should, that tactical environments always remain fluid at best, chaotic at worst.

      • “Removing the firing pins” does not destroy a firearm if that is what happened. Even if they destroyed them all the fact the State Department ordered MARINES to turn tail and run is another HISTORIC FAILURE for the idiots/cowards in the White House.

      • What part of disarm do you not understand? Whether the weapons were made inoperable or not is not the issue. The issue is they were told to disarm. Is this not treason?

    • No need to worry about the Russian bear, the US doesn’t guard its border and the US State Department allows you to be colonized by worse than Russians with its Visas and refugee relocation programs.

  2. Personally I don’t give a shit whether or not the firing pins were removed, they should have never allowed anyone to disarm them. This country is gone, can anyone imagine General Patton allowing this? Where the hell have our real military leaders gone? This is why Obama dismissed 20,00 Marines and fired all the top generals, so no one would stand up against this shit.

    The Corp leaders should be ashamed making excuses for this administration. Someone needs to stand up and call this what it is. Treason!

  3. I see how this works… Some Obama loving bureaucrat top brass jackass is doing damage control now. The official Marine statement is a bunch of bullshit, where is the statmemt condemning the State Department for disarming us?

    Even if the firing pins were removed, it’s inexcusible to do this to anyone in uniform. And what would have happened if we were attacked on the way to the airport? Another Bengazi? Asked to stand down yet again!

    And why put us on commerical airliners? None of it makes sense.

      • You are right about that, and it was wrong when it happened then as well! … If you search our archives from March 14, 2012 200 Marines at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan were forced to disarm and leave their weapons outside of the camp. The orders were given by then U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta who was speaking at the camp.

  4. your wording is misleading.

    http://news.yahoo.com/us-closes-embassy-yemen-evacuates-staff-050659982.html

    All the US Marines also left the country, taking commercial flights. Officials stressed that there were still US special forces on the ground to carry on the fight against Al-Qaeda.
    Marines handed over arms –

    Before evacuating, the Marines “destroyed their heavy weapons and crew-served weapons, machine guns and such,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters.

    They also turned over their personal weapons to Yemeni authorities.

    -the way you word it makes it sound like they handed them to the rebels, thereby making your site seem like it’s taking a political stance. Mentioning ‘Obama’ specifically makes you take a certain stance when viewed in the light of WHY you would mention Obama specifically. Typically I see feeds that would paint your site as conspiracy theorist, but recently it just seems Republican. Why would you side with any government party when you’re touting the self-reliant BOB mentality? Get your posts straight, or the knowledge you’re seeking to get out there to help people is going to be overshadowed by the dawning capitalist front you’re making more apparent.

    • In case you missed the news Obama is President right now, thus responsible for the current U.S. policies. When the last guy was President I was just as critical of him when he screwed over the country or our military. Hard to see how the article is misleading when it links to multiple mainstream news reports from both sides of the political aisle and includes the official Marine Corp response.

      The main point of the article, and my position, is they should have never been disarmed in the first place. You don’t disarm Marines in a war zone and lead them out into the savages with limited fire power. It’s the same type of Anti-gun mentality that we have here in the States where the Anti-gun nuts think disarming law-abiding citizens is going to somehow stop the violent criminals from attacking.

    • This is one of the reasons I am not entirely on board with the prospect of deploying our personnel, ground troops to fight ISIS! I feel we should supply Jordan with the necessary support to conti ue the pounding beind administered to ISIS! UNDER A DIFFERENT ADMINISTRATION, I MIGHT SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY! The OUT HOUSE, I mean WHITE HOUSE cannot be trusted to be their word as long as Mohammad Obama is the leader of the free world!!!! ☆★☆★☆

  5. Why should we be surprised at this, this IS vintage John Kerry “leadership” after all. He’s just a reflection of the PuppetMistressValerie.

  6. Sooooo.. protodroid you must be a little Barry Bitch ! Did u Ever serve ?( Not in the peace corps)…Folks this Man in the white house is a Manchurian Candidate ! Valerie Jarrett is the head of the Ladies Chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood! John Kerry is “panty waist ” at best ! The Marine General should have refused to follow the unlawful order of the State Dept. He had a legal and Moral obligation to do so..

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