(Marine Corps Times) The State Department is weighing whether it needs more Marine embassy security guards to staff U.S. diplomatic facilities across the globe.
The review follows September’s deadly attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and revelations there was no Marine Corps presence at the compound — or anywhere else in the country — when heavily armed attackers laid waste to the facility, killing U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
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That fact, along with several other details that have emerged in the attack’s aftermath, have been fiercely debated in the weeks since, taking center stage during the presidential race and prompting two influential members of Congress to question the Pentagon as to why no Marines were in Libya.