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.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 12, 2015
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.