With a public warning that the embassy in Cairo was under imminent threat from jihadists, the Marines charged with guarding that embassy were for all intents and purposed disarmed.

U.S. Marines defending the American embassy in Egypt were not permitted by the State Department to carry live ammunition, limiting their ability to respond to attacks like those this week on the U.S. consulate in Cairo.

Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson “did not permit U.S. Marine guards to carry live ammunition,” according to multiple reports on U.S. Marine Corps blogs spotted by Nightwatch. “She neutralized any U.S. military capability that was dedicated to preserve her life and protect the US Embassy.”

But she and her staff were quick to attack US free speech rights. No, wait, the ambassador wasn’t even in Cairo at the time. She was in Washington while her staffed embarrassed the United States in front of the entire world.

That’s how you end up with the black flag of Islam raised in place of the American flag, on 9-11.