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Senior US Marine Says "Multiple Platoons" Are Headed To Egypt
Business Insider ^ | February 5, 2011 | By Nicholas Carlson

Posted on 02/06/2011 9:08:11 AM PST by Fennie

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."

We're keeping these people anonymous because both would get in trouble for sharing this information with the press.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: chat; egypt; islam; misc; obama; opsec; rumorcontrol

1 posted on 02/06/2011 9:08:17 AM PST by Fennie
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To: Fennie
I posted this article last night before midnight at it was pulled without an explanation.

Loose lips sink ships?

2 posted on 02/06/2011 9:12:08 AM PST by blam
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To: Fennie

That system seems to have a big hole in it....

Secrets....ain’t !


3 posted on 02/06/2011 9:13:36 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Fennie

What will the Marines do, other than anger the people?


4 posted on 02/06/2011 9:15:53 AM PST by uscabjd
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To: PapaBear3625

ping...


5 posted on 02/06/2011 9:15:55 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 747 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Fennie

Obama acting unilaterally?!

What happened to the UN? NATO?


6 posted on 02/06/2011 9:17:12 AM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: Fennie

What has not been reported is that NASA was deployed there last week to assure the Egyptian populace that the Muslim Brotherhood is OK because they represent a long line of Muslim scientists and scholars.


7 posted on 02/06/2011 9:19:30 AM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Fennie

Just a guess here....

Evacuate US citizens because the administration knows the MB is going to be in charge pretty darn soon?


8 posted on 02/06/2011 9:19:45 AM PST by bergmeid (SECURE THE SUEZ CANAL NOW!)
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To: Fennie

It’s to assist with evacuation, just the same as other governments do with their citizens.

The hysteria sometimes is annoying.


9 posted on 02/06/2011 9:20:38 AM PST by OpusatFR
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To: uscabjd

Which people? The Egyptians, the MB, the DNC, or Code Pink?......


10 posted on 02/06/2011 9:21:34 AM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: bergmeid

Either that or ensure that Obambi’s Muslem bro’hood friends have safe passage into power.


11 posted on 02/06/2011 9:21:34 AM PST by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: Fennie

mot likely to secure the embassy, er...destroy as much as possible, if 1979 is repeated.


12 posted on 02/06/2011 9:26:47 AM PST by mewykwistmas ("Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river. ")
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To: uscabjd
What will the Marines do, other than anger the people?

Protect the U.S. Consulate.

13 posted on 02/06/2011 9:28:50 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: OpusatFR

What hysteria?


14 posted on 02/06/2011 9:29:52 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Fennie
"Obama Deploys Multiple Platoons of Targets, Hostages, Support for Muslim Brothers-in-da-hood."


Today is a good day to die.
I didn't say for whom.

15 posted on 02/06/2011 9:30:29 AM PST by The Comedian (Muslim Brotherhood = A.N.S.W.E.R = Soros = Obama)
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To: blam
Unless this article is on CNN, MSNBC, FOX and the like, I agree with the Mods, it's better to pull the article.

However, if this ended up on Democratic Underground then we might as well post it here because the info is already out there. Kinda like someone posting Prince Harry's movements in Afghanistan.

16 posted on 02/06/2011 9:31:09 AM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: Fennie

I seem to remember the events that happened in Beirut.


17 posted on 02/06/2011 9:31:45 AM PST by NY Attitude (Make love not war but be prepared for either.)
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To: Fennie

Battalions are routinely designated as “ACB”s. This only means that those battalions, or parts of those battalions, are prepared to deploy very quickly for “emergency” situations such as Katrina, the oil spill, the Haiti earthquake, etc. They may also be used to secure airfields in the event of evacuations in hostile areas, and this may be what some Marine units will be doing.

The kinds of notifications noted in this story are normal, and so are the rumors from “the Lance Corporal underground” that follow. I have heard from a good source that in this case the rumors of actual deployment for some battalions, including some that have recently returned from Afghanistan, are legit.


18 posted on 02/06/2011 9:35:16 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Fennie
We're keeping these people anonymous because both would get in trouble for sharing this information with the press.

Then it should be shared.

19 posted on 02/06/2011 9:35:18 AM PST by FourPeas
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To: Fennie
Okay, Carter sent in Marines too into Iran in '79. As I recall that didn't turn out so well. Especially since Oblunder is following Carter's footsteps so closely.
20 posted on 02/06/2011 9:35:19 AM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: Fennie

Here comes our next crop of “political refugees”. The good ole USA can always be depended upon to rush into the frey and bring back a few thousand new “citizens”.


21 posted on 02/06/2011 9:36:24 AM PST by Aleya2Fairlie
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To: Fennie

uh huh....

reinforcements and protectors for the muslim brotherhood takeover

nobama is a disgrace


22 posted on 02/06/2011 9:37:03 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: MinorityRepublican

It’s been posted on pretty much every forum I have visited for at least the last 12 hours.


23 posted on 02/06/2011 9:38:26 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: Yo-Yo

How many Marines are there and how will they get into the country? Once in the country, how will they get to the consulate and where will they stay? As per Pew , the USA is more unpopular among Egyptians now then when W was Pres. When the Marines arrive, what reaction will they face? Do we think that our consulate will be taken hostage as in Iran? If some people storm our consulate, will the Marines open fire? I thought the Egyptian army was friendly towards us.

I assume someone has thought this out and balanced the pros and cons.


24 posted on 02/06/2011 9:38:26 AM PST by uscabjd
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To: uscabjd
What will the Marines do, other than anger the people?

What they've always done when the situation goes to snot in some turd world shithole, and the President and/or Congress isn't interested in changing that situation. Rescue Americans. A few platoons can hardly do anything else.

25 posted on 02/06/2011 9:38:39 AM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: uscabjd

protect the raging radicals from mubarak supporters and patriots in the egyptian military who have not yet gone over to the dark side, make sure it looks like the MB is “the people’s choice”

and make sure Israal doesn’t interfere

Gog joins up with Magog....


26 posted on 02/06/2011 9:39:37 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: El Gato

This is not true. We are not going to send any more marines.


27 posted on 02/06/2011 9:41:40 AM PST by navysealdad (http://drdavehouseoffun.com/)
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To: Fennie

Sure is a convenient diversion away from Judge Vinson’s ruling that obamacare is unconstitutional.


28 posted on 02/06/2011 9:42:47 AM PST by fso301
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To: Fennie

UGH!!! Why????????? Let them sort this out themselves. Unless they send over a NUC, then forget it.


29 posted on 02/06/2011 9:45:31 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: diverteach
Okay, Carter sent in Marines too into Iran in '79. As I recall that didn't turn out so well. Especially since Oblunder is following Carter's footsteps so closely.

As I recall, if you are referring to the botched rescue mission, Carter sent in a diverse set of forces composed of elements of each of the branches of the armed forces, who, by the way, had very little training working together in that type of operation

As I recall, each of the branches wanted its forces to conduct this mission (and claim credit afterwards). Not wanting to offend any of the chiefs of staff, he ordered a combined forces mission.

As it turned out, their comm equipment/procedures was diverse (read not comapible) enough it lead to that tragedy.

The Marines showing up at a crisis like this where US civilians might need their assistance has always been pretty much SOP.

Semper Fi!

30 posted on 02/06/2011 9:47:13 AM PST by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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To: fso301

Sure is a convenient diversion away from Judge Vinson’s ruling that obamacare is unconstitutional.


Not sure that it is deliberate, but works that way. Media and administration can only divert for so long...tho there is the weather, and superbowl, etc.


31 posted on 02/06/2011 9:48:49 AM PST by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: El Gato
What they've always done when the situation goes to snot in some turd world shithole, and the President and/or Congress isn't interested in changing that situation. Rescue Americans.

DITTO!

32 posted on 02/06/2011 9:49:03 AM PST by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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To: uscabjd

Consolates are small satellite offices. We have an Embassy in Egypt. We probably have consulates too, although a quick search did not reveal any.

It’s the Embassy that will need protecting and eventually evacuating. I hope they have a nice flat roof for the helicopters from the 6th fleet to land on.


33 posted on 02/06/2011 9:54:51 AM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: El Gato

We should parachute in the marines to block aid all of the roads into and out of Cairo. Starve out all of the trouble makers so the other 79.8 million people in the country can go on with their lives.


34 posted on 02/06/2011 9:57:52 AM PST by kjam22
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To: uscabjd

Marines will protect our embassy there and get our folks out of there. Have learned from Jimmuh.


35 posted on 02/06/2011 10:02:50 AM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Fennie
Both descriptions ... ... sound like 100% BS.

36 posted on 02/06/2011 10:04:40 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Fennie
As I posted a week ago, the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit MEU was sailing to the N end of the Red Sea. There are three companies of Marines on board with 3 line platoons + a weapons platoon each.

That's plenty of security reinforcement for the embassy, consular offices and airfields.

37 posted on 02/06/2011 10:05:07 AM PST by gandalftb (Fighting jihadists is like fighting an earthquake, harden yourselves.)
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To: mewykwistmas
if 1979 is repeated.

IF???? you mean when.

38 posted on 02/06/2011 10:16:08 AM PST by MrPiper
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To: gandalftb

Sounds to me like this “deployment” (assuming it pans out) includes more Marines than what’s left of the 26th MEU, currently embarked on the USS Kearsarge and USS Ponce in the Red Sea.

And, if they’re talking battalions instead of companies, the Marines may be preparing to secure the Suez Canal and assist in a NEO evacuation. The 600 (or so) Marines on those amphibious ships are enough to secure our diplomatic posts, but we would need more troops to protect the canal and run a NEO. By some estimates there are at least 75,000 Americans in Egypt and NEO planners typically use the “rule of three” in preparing for those operations. In other words, for every American (or third country national that we’re responsible for), two more will show up at the evacuation point.

Based on that rule of thumb, the number of U.S. citizens/other westerners evacuated by the Marines could approach 200,000 (or more). We’ll need more than 600 Marines to run that operation—and protect the canal.


39 posted on 02/06/2011 10:20:02 AM PST by ExNewsExSpook
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To: Fennie
Senior US Marine Says "Multiple Platoons" Are Headed To Egypt

Why?? This isn't our fight and we need to let the Egytians work it out for themselves. Contrary to what too many in our government believe, we ain't the world's police force!!

We need these Marines at home . . . . . for when our own riots break out!

40 posted on 02/06/2011 10:29:11 AM PST by DustyMoment (Go green - recycle Congress in 2012!!)
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To: Fennie

I kinda don’t think so.


41 posted on 02/06/2011 10:33:17 AM PST by Rich21IE
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To: blam

Yes, loose lips do sink ships.

I for one wish you hadn’t posted this. Even if it’s out there, I say let the USMC determine when they go public with their deployments.


42 posted on 02/06/2011 10:48:55 AM PST by fightinJAG (Americans: the only people in the world protesting AGAINST government "benefits.")
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To: Fennie

There are US Army forces stationed in the Sinai as part of the multinational peacekeeping force. These Marines might be being deployed to reinforce them.


43 posted on 02/06/2011 11:21:09 AM PST by Grut
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To: Fennie

OBAMA SENDS MARINES TO EGYPT TO AID TRANSITION TO SHARIAH LAW

Our once proud Marines....


44 posted on 02/06/2011 11:40:40 AM PST by onedoug
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To: DustyMoment
We need these Marines at home . . . . . for when our own riots break out!

Do you mean to use against US if The One pulls more crap that forces our hand to rebellion, or to defeat the LEFT when they riot after the next round of electoral drubbing they take?

45 posted on 02/06/2011 12:27:04 PM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: ExNewsExSpook
There has been some mis-statements about the 26th MEU. The shipboard companies did not deploy to Afghanistan as has been reported and are at full strength.

Battalion Landing Team 3/8, out of Lejeune, was temporarily assigned to the 26th MEU as air elements from the 26th got them into Afghanistan, that's all.

3/8 is now a part of the 22nd MEU in Afghanistan.

We will not be putting troops on the ground outside of diplomatic and air base locations. Everyone will be inside the wire.

However, other naval assets are coming in to secure ports and the Suez if needed, which is very, very unlikely.

My understanding is that all American nationals that want out, are out.

46 posted on 02/06/2011 1:02:22 PM PST by gandalftb (Fighting jihadists is like fighting an earthquake, harden yourselves.)
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To: diverteach
Okay, Carter sent in Marines too into Iran in '79.

Remedial history class for you.

47 posted on 02/06/2011 8:30:37 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: JimRed
Do you mean to use against US if The One pulls more crap that forces our hand to rebellion, or to defeat the LEFT when they riot after the next round of electoral drubbing they take?

Yes, I'm dumb enough to advocate having Marine platoons fire on American citizens dissatisfied with the corruption of our government!!

(/ . . . . something!)

I want these Marines at home because:
1. We have no business sending them to Egypt. The Egyptian military and police can resolve their own problems.
2. We have an invasion across our southern border that the Marines could be instrumental in correcting.

48 posted on 02/07/2011 9:24:39 PM PST by DustyMoment (Go green - recycle Congress in 2012!!)
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To: DustyMoment
(/ . . . . something!)

< /offended sarc > might be appropriate. And in no way do I believe that you are "dumb" or that you meant a violation of posse comitatus.

But I would not put it past him to try, if it comes to blows!

49 posted on 02/08/2011 9:35:20 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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