The week of Sept. 11, 2012, saw the implosion of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy in the Mideast. The U.S. Consulate in Libya—technically U.S. soil—was attacked and the ambassador, two former Navy SEALs and a communications staffer were killed.
Like mushrooms after rain, protests arose at U.S. interests in North Africa and Asia. Even at locations where no one died, the property damage was extensive. What’s the taxpayer tab for that? We’ll probably never know.
By Sept. 14, we should have been on the highest alert possible when it came to our military assets.
Yet late that day, Taliban attacked Camp Bastion in Helmland Province, Afghanistan. By the time the camp was stabilized, two Marines, including the VMA-211 commanding officer, were dead. Nine other personnel had been wounded, including one contractor.
John D. Greshaam, writing for Defense Media Network, called the attack “arguably the worst day in USMC aviation history since the Tet Offensive of 1968.”