Marines deploy to Spain as emergency response force

We all know that when you need something done, you send in the Marines.

The Department of Defense decided this week to forward deploy 550 Marines (along with plenty of air-lift support) to Spain. The Department wants the Marines staged near Africa and other hot spots so that the next time an attack happens against an embassy or consul (such as what happened at the compound in Benghazi, Libya), forces are already staged nearby.

My readers know I’m not much of a fan of all these alliances and interventions overseas, but if we’re going to be involved, then we need rapid-action forces nearby.

Sound move by the Defense Department in my opinion.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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