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    Senior US Marine: Multiple Platoons Are Heading to Egypt

    My how times have changed.



    In 2007 Barack Obama said that “preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn’t a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there.” But that disgusting remark was in 2007.
    Now Obama is sending several platoons to Egypt.

    Egypt is an American ally… At least, it used to be before Obama.
    Business Insider reported:
    A senior member of the US Marine corps is telling people “multiple platoons” are deploying to Egypt, a source tells us.
    There is a system within the US Marines that alerts the immediate families of high-ranking marines when their marine will soon be deployed to an emergency situation where they will not be able to talk to their spouses or families.
    That alert just went out, says our source.
    This senior Marine told our source that the Pentagon will deploy “multiple platoons” to Egypt over the next few days and that the official reason will be ‘to assist in the evacuation of US citizens.”
    Our source was told that “the chances they were going over there went from 70% yesterday to 100% today.”
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    They're going there to be stationed in the Sinai desert and protect Israel. Israel just refused Egypt permission to send more troops there.

    America is Israel's biatch.

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    So they are being deployed into a potentially hostile situation and they don't even know why? Anyone in the American military now is a complete fool. Who would want to die protecting Israel or imperialism? I am amazed and saddened they have been able to get even the dregs to volunteer after the Iraq War. There certainly are a lot of stupid people out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post
    So they are being deployed into a potentially hostile situation and they don't even know why? Anyone in the American military now is a complete fool. Who would want to die protecting Israel or imperialism? I am amazed and saddened they have been able to get even the dregs to volunteer after the Iraq War. There certainly are a lot of stupid people out there.
    Tour the shopping malls, find uneducated black kids and rednecks on welfare, tell them about the great salary and all the benefits, and make sure you ban the news media from showing bodybags and coffins being returned to the US.

    It's piss easy when you know how.

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    This is a really badly sourced article, and I for one don't believe it. Does anyone else have any other sources on this story? I can't find any mention of it anywhere. Google has lots of entries, all sourced back to the same very short article/blog entry, which has no sourcing other than "a high-ranking Marine". I think it is someone's spam/fantasy blog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    Egypt is an American ally….
    Let me correct this:

    Mubarak is an American ally.

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    ^Let me correct this.

    Mubarak was an American ally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    This is a really badly sourced article, and I for one don't believe it
    Thats my feeling. It's not absurd that some marines might be on standby, but I'll wait for confirmation.

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    ^Also, no senior Marine would talk about "deploying 'multiple platoons'". A Marine platoon is 30-45 men. You don't "deploy platoons". You might send a Company, or a Battalion, but Platoons just aren't used in this manner. And, what are a hundred or so Marines going to do in any case? The article makes no sense. It is possible that some US Navy ships are deploying to that part of the world, and that some of the Marine units which travel on them have gotten warning notices of an upcoming deployment, but the article is a hysterical blog entry from a non-military person designed to stir the shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    This is a really badly sourced article, and I for one don't believe it. Does anyone else have any other sources on this story? I can't find any mention of it anywhere. Google has lots of entries, all sourced back to the same very short article/blog entry, which has no sourcing other than "a high-ranking Marine". I think it is someone's spam/fantasy blog.
    Don't look like no Blog entry to this casual observer?

    Senior US Marine Says "Multiple Platoons" Are Headed To Egypt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    ^Let me correct this.

    Mubarak was an American ally.
    Indeed, Davis.

    I think the US platoons should just stay out of the region. I assume they'll just "monitor" events, maybe help some Americans leave.

    It's up to Egypt. The Middle Eastern puppet-dictators of USrael possibly on borrowed time.

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    ^^Hey Boon. I've never heard of the "Business Insider", but it certainly reads like a tabloid to me. Might possibly be a baby step above a Blog, but it is still totally unsourced and inaccurate. There is no such system that "notifies the families of HIGH-RANKING Marines" when "their Marine" will be deployed. Doesn't exist. There is certainly a contingency plan to evacuate Embassy personnel should the entire situation go tits up a la Saigon or Tehran, but that is, for now, a contingency. This whole story is someone talking out of their ass.

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    Someone has to jump in. Have you had a good look at the behaviour of the general populace?? How embarassing for Egypt. Like a lot of kiddies in the playground. "shit, Who can we turn on now??" "maybe I can kill you bro?" What a bunch of fwits.

    Of course we don't want to see an outside force involved, but when there is a power vacuum like we have now, those with the most to lose have to stand by, and those with the most to gain will be there too.

    Bloody hell, talk about "mad Arabs". Running through the city on bloody horses and stuff me roan, a bloody camel!!!

    No doubt "the people" will have their say. Just a shame that most of them appear to be, on their recent performance, total fwits.

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    EGYPT: Pentagon moving warships, preparing for possible evacuations
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    Photo: The aircraft carrier Enterprise enters the Tagus River at Lisbon, Portugal, Jan. 27. The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group had completed its passage across the Atlantic to begin a deployment in support of U.S. troops in the Middle East.
    Credit: Manuel de Almeida/EPA

    The Pentagon is moving U.S. warships and other military assets to make sure it is prepared in case evacuation of U.S. citizens from Egypt becomes necessary, officials said Friday.

    The Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship carrying 700 to 800 troops from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and the Ponce have arrived in the Red Sea, putting them off Egypt’s shores in case the situation worsens.

    Pentagon officials emphasized that military intervention in Egypt was not being contemplated and that the warships were being moved only for contingency purposes in case evacuations became necessary.

    In addition to the Marines, the Kearsarge normally carries around four dozen helicopters and harrier jets that would permit evacuations and other humanitarian operations, the officials said. More than 1,000 Marines from the Kearsarge were sent to Afghanistan last month on a temporary deployment, leaving roughly one-third still aboard, officials said.

    In addition, the aircraft carrier Enterprise is in the eastern Mediterranean. The Pentagon originally announced that the carrier was heading through the Suez Canal for the Arabian Gulf, but the crisis in Egypt appears to have prompted a decision to keep it in the Mediterranean at least temporarily.

    latimesblogs.latimes.com

    the above from the LA Times blog is where the story started .

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    DK on Feb 6, 1:27 AM said:

    A platoon is like 60 dudes, this is not a big deal. Marines always help with embassy related matters. When "Platoon" gets replaced with "Divison", then we have a story.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/senior-us-marine-says-multiple-platoons-are-headed-to-egypt-2011-2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    DK on Feb 6, 1:27 AM said:

    A platoon is like 60 dudes, this is not a big deal. Marines always help with embassy related matters. When "Platoon" gets replaced with "Divison", then we have a story.
    Spot-on, Mid.

    How many are in a Division? About 3,000?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    ^^Hey Boon. I've never heard of the "Business Insider", but it certainly reads like a tabloid to me. Might possibly be a baby step above a Blog, but it is still totally unsourced and inaccurate. There is no such system that "notifies the families of HIGH-RANKING Marines" when "their Marine" will be deployed. Doesn't exist. There is certainly a contingency plan to evacuate Embassy personnel should the entire situation go tits up a la Saigon or Tehran, but that is, for now, a contingency. This whole story is someone talking out of their ass.
    Business Insider has been around for a while and is linked by Drudge, Huffpo at times et. al

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    They're going there to be stationed in the Sinai desert and protect Israel. Israel just refused Egypt permission to send more troops there.

    America is Israel's biatch.
    aint this the truth!

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    ^^^Tunaka: More like 20,000, depending on size of attached units.

    ^^^^^Mid: LA Times article makes more sense.

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    Yeh, a couple of ships in the region, on standby. SOP.

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    ^^ Thanks, Davis. OK. Perhaps a Regiment is 3,000 to 5,000.

    I'll look it up.

    So, Egypt asked Israel if it can send more troops to the Israeli-Egyptian border, and Israel refused (understandably).

    But it does sound the like protests and violence are diminishing (for now). I assume they'll have to work together on a coalition government or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    but it is still totally unsourced and inaccurate.
    Agree. Gotta love these "news" items which use satements "A senior member of the US Marine corps".
    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    There is certainly a contingency plan to evacuate Embassy personnel
    Yep. The only thing I can find related to the OP is, a piece from CNN blog page but may well be fact.

    Neither the OP or the statement on CNN blog can be trusted.

    "A team of heavily armed Marine Corps security personnel have been sent to the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to provide additional security for the facility, defense officials tell CNN. The small team of Marines, about a dozen according to one of the officials, are part of a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST). The Marines are inside the embassy perimeter. Egyptian military and security forces continue to provide security outside the embassy, the officials said."

    Egypt targets communications ahead of Tuesday protests – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs

    This of course was picked up by Fox News who failed to mention it was from CNN blog page.

    "A team of heavily armed Marine Corps security personnel have been sent to the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to provide additional security for the facility, defense officials tell CNN. The small team of Marines, about a dozen according to one of the officials, are part of a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST)."

    From the OP: "A senior member of the US Marine corps is telling people multiple platoons are deploying to Egypt"

    From Fox: "small team of Marines, about a dozen"

    Let's all have a guess. Platoons (26-55), Squad (8-13) or Team (4/5).
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    So this invasion of Egypt is actually 12 marines in the embassy grounds.

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    ^Exactly. A 12-man FAST team to augment the Embassy Marine Security Guards if the situation gets really nasty.

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