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What are the rules of engagement at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus?

What are the rules of engagement at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus?

That’s the question I have, because the French obviously have different rules than we do (h/t Israel Matzav):

Syrians loyal to President Bashar Assad stormed the US and French embassies in Damascus on Monday. The crowds managed to break into and enter the American compound, but French guards repelled the attack against their facility with live fire.

Will we allow another “student” takeover of one of our embassies? Remember, the people helping Assad crush the current uprising are the same people who pretty much wrote the book on embassy takeovers and diplomatic hostage taking.

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I know history repeats itself, but it couldn’t happen that exactly…..

could it?

When will the State-run media run the story?

Every other country is reporting it-

I see Yahoo picked it up via the Canadian press.

Rather amusing how the message was to be and behave more like the Europeans when criticising Americans customs and yet fighting shy of imitating the French, the epitome of European expression, as in blowing up Greenpeace’s ship in New Zealand and shooting invaders of their embassy.

While you’re wondering about the Syria mess, keep in mind that the Obama Admin wants to sell 125 tanks to someone in Egypt. With all the leftists are doing to defeat America, I hesitate to say this is the most insane thing ever. But it is close and it is clearly INSANE.

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LukeHandCool | July 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I know Assad is a reformer and all in some sheeples’ eyes, but why on earth do we still have our people over there?

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The official Department of State policy is not to resist an attack. The policy is to retreat to the safe room or floor and await rescue. That is the official policy. Security, although armed, contract security personnel, Marine Security Guards, and the Regional Security Officer’s staff of Diplomatic Security Service Special Agents are trained to use physical security and presence to deter an attack. In the face of a determined attack, only non-lethal weapons are allowed which is tear gas. Otherwise it is retreat and await rescue.

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Doug Wright | July 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Viva La France! Hooray, hooray, hooray!

OBTW: What happened to our side? Did they even show up for work call or were they sent home cuz they’re naughty?

Ans. A variation of the one used at our southern border and at the state house in Madison, Wisconsin (reference your video of the day). It will probably change when they come to our homes.

The US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said…

“We feel they failed [in their responsibility to protect US diplomats]. We are going to condemn their slow response.”

Ooooooooh, a condemnation. That will sure put those Syrians in their place.

let me get this straight: crowds of angry pro-assad demonstrators storm both the french and american embassies. both incursions were turned back, the french by using live ammunition and the americans through other, less lethal, means. both embassies had property damage like broken windows, but no one was hurt.

so why exactly is the french response better? they achieved the same result as the americans. the only difference was the french response was a lot riskier, they shot live ammo into the air near unarmed protesters. if they had hit a protester, the french embassy probably would have been overrun by an enraged crowd.

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“Otherwise it is retreat and await rescue.”

Fine in a civilised country, but Syria has been acting beyond the pale for weeks.

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