Yesterday Fox News reported that “crew served weapons were destroyed at the embassy in Yemen, while Marines’ personal weapons were “rendered inoperable” at the airport, and their destroyed components were left behind.”
After diplomats left, the anti-American Houthi rebels seized embassy vehicles.
Reportedly, CENTCOM was “outraged” by the fact that the weapons had been rendered inoperable.
Wednesday night, Megyn Kelly had veteran and Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth on “The Kelly File” to to talk about the order.
“So, we’re surrendering around the world, we’re surrendering our embassy, and now we’re asking U.S. Marines to surrender their dignity, give up oaths that they made, creeds that they live by, and surrender their rifle,” Hegseth said indignantly.
In a fiery interview, Thursday night, Megyn Kelly questioned the State Department hapless Spox Jen Psaki (sporting her most fetching ‘Charming Charlie’ necklace yet) over this week’s hasty evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Yemen.
Psaki denied that the State Department was behind the weapons protocol, but wouldn’t say who was.
“Why was the evacuation from the embassy so hasty when we knew things were deteriorating for weeks now?” Kelly asked, remarking that clearly something didn’t go according to plan.
Psaki insisted that the evacuation wasn’t hasty.
“We’ve been planning for weeks a range of contingency options,” she said.
Kelly questioned why Marines weren’t allowed to bring their guns on planes and asked who ordered Marines to disarm.
Psaki explained that Marines followed the proper protocol to disassemble weapons. She said the order was not given by the State Department or ambassador, but did not say who told Marines to disarm.
Psaki admitted that Houthis taking control of U.S. vehicles was not part of the plan.
Kelly asked: Do we have control of our policy in the Middle East, and does this reflect a lack of American leadership?
Psaki said that this evacuation was not about American leadership, but rather about the situation on the ground, which she described as “too volatile.”
“It appears that the policy we pursued in connection with the Arab Spring from December 2010 forward has failed, at a minimum is in the midst of failing,” Kelly remarked, noting that the U.S. has had to pull out of Libya, Syria and Yemen.
“It seems very clear that American influence in that region is diminishing while that of Iran is on the rise,” Kelly said.
Psaki said that the U.S. has to look at each country individually. She said that the U.S. is working to see how it can get Libya to a more stable place, while Syria is in the middle of a civil war. She added that the U.S. plans to return to Yemen, since the Houthis have said they’re non-threatening to America.
“They have ‘death to America’ – literally – written on their signs!” Kelly fired back.
The Houthis certainly sound like trustworthy sorts who will totally uphold any agreements they’ve made with the State Department.
Kelly went on to ask Psaki about reports that the Obama administration is interfering with the Israeli elections.
Rest assured, the Obama State Dept. would never do anything improper regarding our great ally Israel’s elections.
Kelly’s next guest, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer, declared that Psaki is vastly underpaid by the Regime.