The sole source for this assertion was "Nightwatch"—a conservative "intelligence" blog written by former Defense Department analyst John McCreary and hosted by a subsidiary of a defense contractors' lobby group—which attributed the report to unnamed (and uncounted) "USMC blogs." According to McCreary, Patterson—a career foreign service officer who was not a political appointee, and who served George W. Bush as an ambassador to the UN and to Pakistan—"did not defend U.S. sovereign territory and betrayed her oath of office." And: "She neutered the Marines posted to defend the embassy, trusting the Egyptians over the Marines."Within a few hours, Weinstein had tracked down the truth and published the text of a memorandum from the Marine Corps congressional liaison, Major Alex Cross:
The Ambassador did not impose restrictions on weapons or weapons status on the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group (MCESG) detachment. The MCESG Marines in Cairo were allowed to have live ammunition in their weapons. The Ambassador and Regional Security Officer have been completely and appropriately engaged with the security situation. Reports of Marines not being able to have their weapons loaded per direction from the Ambassador are not accurate.Some of the spreaders, like Podhoretz, backed off after that revelation. But the vile "Obama is an anti-American swine" Severin doubled down:
Like many of his companions in the bully business, Severin is vicious on the radio and Twitter while pretending that he's a patriot and an advocate for American men and women in uniform. He gets his jollies (and his paycheck) via savage insults of truth-tellers like Weinstein.
A suggestion, Jay. Ring up Major Cross and call him a liar and a coward. Better yet, meet him for lunch.