Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Built Like A Brick ... Fortress

We're all hoping for a peaceful resolution to the Venezuela crisis, especially to the demands made by dictator Maduro for all US personnel to abandon their embassy.
The US Embassy in Caracas was built decades ago as a fortress to withstand terror attacks.  
The five-story, 100,000-square-foot structure sits atop a hill — and a massive American flag flown outside is visible throughout much of the capital. 
The granite-clad building with at least one level underground was “designed and constructed to withstand terrorist attack,” according to LERA Structural Engineers.

I'm thinking reinforced poured concrete walls, polycarbonate bulletproof windows, safe rooms and a detachment of Marines. After the Benghazi debacle, I doubt that POTUS will allow another mob to storm a US embassy, legation, consulate or asparagus garden.



Why do Marines guard our embassies? The Foreign Service Act of 1946 (replaced by 10 U.S.C. §5983 in 2008) authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to provide this service. Marines fall directly under executive command, no need to authorize their actions via an act of Congress. Therefore "First To Fight" is one of their slogans.

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