U.S. State Department officials ordered Marines evacuating the embassy in Yemen to do something they are taught from Day One of basic training never to do under any circumstances: to surrender their weapons.
CENTCOM, or Central Command, is “outraged” that “crew served weapons were destroyed at the embassy, while Marines’ personal weapons were ‘rendered inoperable’ at the airport, and their destroyed components were left behind,” Fox News reported.
The Marines were flying out of Yemen aboard a civilian charter flight rather than a military aircraft, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told Military.com. He “suggested that the handover of weapons may have resulted from international rules barring weapons on a civilian flight,” Military.com reported.
Yemen, hailed by President Obama only two months ago as a counter-terrorism success story, is now in the hands in Iran-backed insurgents.
The incompetence is “maddening,” veteran and Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth told Megyn Kelly on “The Kelly File” Wednesday.
“So, we’re surrendering around the world, we’re surrendering our embassy, and now we’re asking U.S. Marines to surrender their dignity, give up oaths that they made, creeds that they live by, and surrender their rifle,” Hegseth said.