Business Insider: 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." [...]
On Friday, the Pentagon announced it would move "U.S. warships and other military assets to make sure it is prepared in case evacuation of U.S. citizens from Egypt becomes necessary," according the the LA Times.
I certainly do understand the need to be prepared, but Egypt is quite volatile now, I am not too sure about how the presence of US military might play in the region right now. Lord knows almost anything American sets off the folks in the Middle East. The presence of US marines (no matter what the stated purpose) is almost bound to have a negative reaction.
We will have to keep our fingers crossed on this one.
Via: Business Insider