On the one hand, I’m glad to see the anti-terrorism drill below, which took place on a Marine base in Okinawa.
The training is needed, and this drill happened even before the attack on the French newspaper.
But at the same time, I’m beyond NOT impressed with what I see.
In my humble opinion, these guys are far too lightly armed, serious security barriers/fortifications are lacking, and it’s clear even from the interview that there aren’t many of these joint training ops happening. (The Japanese security guard says he hopes they’ll do more…)
Watch the video and give me your take.
Maybe I’m being too harsh/old school, but I want to know what their plan is for when a van load — or two van loads — of guys bust through the gate, all heavily armed. As most prior service members know, almost everyone on a military base is unarmed, so the carnage would be disastrous.
Respectfully, Marine leadership, I think you guys need to step it up before you get a lot of folks killed.
Keep the faith,
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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