U.S. Marine rapid response force deploying to Spain base
April 25th, 2013
02:28 PM ET

U.S. Marine rapid response force deploying to Spain base

By Barbara Starr

The first of 500 Marines have begun deploying to Spain as part of a new rapid reaction force to respond to threats against U.S. citizens, government personnel or installations in Africa.

The new task force is based at Moron Air Base in southern Spain, which provides quick access especially to northern Africa, where security concerns have grown since the September 2012 attack on a U.S. government facility in Benghazi, Libya, a Pentagon official told CNN.

Deployment began Wednesday

When fully operational, the unit will be required to be airborne within six hours of receiving orders, providing the type of rapid response that the Pentagon says was not possible during the Benghazi attack. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died during the assault at the U.S. mission and CIA annex.

The Marine unit will have the job of providing protection for embassies and diplomatic compounds under attack or receiving threats; protecting U.S. citizens; rescuing downed pilots; and assisting other elements of the U.S. military in the event of a need to evacuate American citizens, the official said. He declined to be identified because much of the group's work has not yet been publicly discussed by the Marine Corps.

Spain provided final approval for the unit's presence Friday. The full 500-strong team, which is to be in place within 30 days, will include 225 Marines equipped for ground combat along with intelligence and communications specialists, plus another 225 personnel to man and maintain the six V-22 Osprey aircraft and two C-130 refueling aircraft that make up the aviation component of the unit.

The refueling aircraft will allow the Osprey to fly greater distances without landing.

The unit is equipped to go into areas under combat conditions, and can be deployed without the permission of a local government if ordered to do so, the official said. The Marines will be equipped with machines guns, mortars and grenade launchers. Having specific aircraft assigned to the team at all times is seen within the Marine Corps as a key assurance that they can get airborne in the time required.

As part of the Marine Corps' efforts to beef up embassy security in particular, it also is adding 1,000 Marines to the embassy guard force, nearly doubling the size of the effort by increasing the size of individual embassy teams in high-threat areas, and establishing a special team of 100 Marines based in the United States that could quickly fly to an area to back up embassy guards if an embassy is under threat.

Filed under: Africa • Benghazi • Libya • Libya • Military
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    "When fully operational, the unit will be required to be airborne within six hours of receiving orders, providing the type of rapid response that the Pentagon says was not possible during the Benghazi attack." The ball was dropped so we are now correcting it! We should just station them in the middle east, thats were all the problems are.

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  16. Mandy

    This is just a CYA by Obama for Benghazi. We had military ready to go but he will now say we didn't but he has taken steps to eliminate this problem in the future. Not buying the baloney and neither should a single American. Sickening president we have in office.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  17. Phenix_dz

    First I will ask question , How a country which has a most big intelligence service let its Ambassador killed by a few men , I know there are a lot of satelites see hot areas in world ..... ! .so we can not replace an intelligence lost with military reaction .
    Secend , a dimocratic country like US , it attacks a countries just because they are in opposite view , I think is not a dimocratic act ,for US people must be integrated in a political life not just from TV, INTERNET or movies because all we know who has a power of most famouse channels in US.I'm sure that US people will have other opinion .
    To avoid the intervention of the troops, so avoid having Americans citizens ..... then how it will be interesting to do with other countries with U.S. ................ I want to know how is the loss to the economy of the USA

    May 10, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  18. Bryan

    While doing this from Africa may seem quicker and better, this base in Spain is an effective way to pool resources and manpower in a relatively secure environment. There are too many places in Africa (and Europe) that could need additional security forces in the future – we simply cannot cover everything, everywhere. What is needed is a quick reaction force that can deploy almost anywhere – to an embassy, a consulate, or any other location where U.S. interests may be at risk. The air capability that this unit can provide will be able to accomplish this mission well. The problem that remains is how quickly this force could get to any location. There isn't one ideal location that could cover everywhere in the entire area quickly enough. This is a start, but what is still needed is more timely and accurate intelligence that will facilitate a more proactive approach to security.

    April 29, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Reply
    • Marcus

      We have an Airborne Brigade in Italy. Why wouldn't we use this?

      May 7, 2013 at 8:52 am | Reply
      • Phenix_dz

        a good question !

        May 10, 2013 at 9:11 pm |
  19. ck

    The reaction force will respond to U.S. Embassy security concerns in North Africa. This move is in response to the increased threat created by two primary concerns. First, the Arab Spring Movement has brought political instability into the northern region of Africa. Countries such as Libya and Egypt are struggling to establish democratic governments, replacing decades of authoritarian leadership. Secondly, terrorist organizations, like al Qaeda, have established a stronghold in the region, likely to facilitate their drug trafficking operation. The contingency force will enable Washington to rapidly respond to security concerns that may arise in the region with adequate firepower to protect U.S. civilians and interests.

    April 29, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  20. Valerie

    Oh what Obama got the MEMO this time around...what was keeping up with all the lies regarding Benghazi a bit much for this administration....what a pity!

    April 29, 2013 at 3:16 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @Valerie,just go back and read about republicans tainted past from Eisenhowers involvement in Vietnamin the 50s,Reagans involvement with supplying waepons to not only the Contras but serin gas to Kadafi and Hussein to use on their own people in the 80s..Then throw in Bushs Iraq war created with lives not killing four but well over 5000 innocent military soldiers as well as thousands of Iraqi civilians then you can talk hypocrite or maybe just plain ignorent because you forget your own past and how you can't clean it up or hide it before chastising others don't you ,the old pot calling the kettle black right ,Valerie!!

      April 29, 2013 at 11:44 am | Reply
      • Professor

        Sick of these LIES! The U.S. NEVER sold Poison gas to Libya or Iraq to use on their people. There was a debate about selling precursor chemicals that can be used in agriculture and also to make chemical weapons but we NEVER sold poison gas to any country. NEVER!

        Thanks Spain! We remember our allies- and our enemies, Pete.

        April 29, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
  21. jerrylax

    Now, a day late and a dollar short. We though clinton was a moron and inept...now watch kerry, he couldnt chew gum and walk at the same time...idiot deluxe!

    April 28, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @jerylax,now Rumsfield he was really an idiot,so don't talk when republicans lead the list on morons in high political positions Bush in the top spot!!

      April 29, 2013 at 11:48 am | Reply
  22. Jim

    Spain is near Africa sort of. But to protect the African embassies ....shouldn't that be done in Africa maybe at the embassies?

    April 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      Sort of? Part of Spain is in Africa.. This is also a trusted ally.

      April 29, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  23. Khgdu Flkhf

    George Patton, you seem to have a problem with thinking not a problem with reading. I expect, that, you will not be planting anymore of your personal flags in my 1st A. rights with your agenda for personal sensorship. You pretend to attack the tea-party when you are only name-calling I have noticed that you never attack real tea-Baggers i.g. Sen. L.G. of S.C. & you certianly do not know what cards I carry or who or why the tea-Baggers were created-infact-I think, you do not care because it would be too way too confusing for you. HAVE YOU EVEN NOTICED THAT THE U.S. IS NOT IN ANY NEW GROUND WARS THIS MONTH & OTHER PEACE SEEKING PEOPLE IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD ARE THANKFUL NOW G.PATTON HOW DID THIS REALY HAPPEN

    April 28, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  24. Philippines US

    Well done America for keeping the world at peace! God bless Americaa...

    April 28, 2013 at 6:09 am | Reply
    • John Geheran

      What an idiot post the above is! I bet that the goon who posted it never got past the 4th grade in school.

      April 28, 2013 at 11:49 am | Reply
    • Valerie

      Ah...I guess they pic and choose who they want to protect right?

      April 29, 2013 at 3:18 am | Reply
  25. George Patton

    I just wish that all you right-wing idiots here who keep on cheering the US Marine presence in Spain would quit vomiting out your ignorance over it and just shut up!!!! These stupid comments do get old!

    April 27, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Reply
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      why tahnk you sir...mr patton...hahaha

      April 28, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  26. Grunt

    Every single person that has made a comment on here up to this point is an amateur. Do your research and understand the problem and then, maybe, you will have a more clear insight to what the reality of the situation is. I understand that not everyone is 'in the know' to the threats the U.S. faces on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis in this region, but damn, there are some ignorant 'Americans' on here.

    April 27, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Of course there are, Grunt. These ignoramuses think that this country faces a threat in Spain which is ludicrous! We Americans don't even live in that country and have no right to sent troops there!!! In fact, Al Qaeda has never been nearly as powerful as the propagandists in Washington would have us believe.

      April 27, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Reply
    • USMC1371

      Grunt you need to stfu

      April 28, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  27. Daniel

    Hi guys.

    As a Spaniard I would like to explain something to you; the name of the city is "Morón de la Frontera", but due to the lenght of it we just use "Morón" the second ó has a stronger sound.
    There is another base called Rota where you can also find the Navy,Rota means broken.

    I tried my best with the language,but I am sill working on my English,here in the USA.

    Thanks Americans for being so nice to me.

    April 27, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • Marine5484

      Daniel, como espanol, ?no tiene orgullo national? Parece que no. !Si seria Ud., estuviera muy ultrajado al ver tropas extranjeras, incluso los de los EEUU, en el suelo de mi propia pais!

      April 28, 2013 at 11:59 am | Reply
  28. Srtu Dryuk

    who do you think you are

    April 27, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Reply
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    or should I say Moron

    April 27, 2013 at 11:54 am | Reply
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    April 27, 2013 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Please Hfhuhguk, do cut that Tea Party lingo out. It has no place here, like I said many times before!

      April 27, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  31. smc

    How about we not spend hundreds of millions of dollars we don't have and just recognize that some jobs in foreign countries have certain risks that people take and get paid more for doing?

    April 27, 2013 at 5:30 am | Reply
  32. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    April 27, 2013 at 4:26 am | Reply
    • TopView20

      freak-change your tune

      April 27, 2013 at 10:27 am | Reply
    • SolitaryOne

      I hope you realize the figures that you cite are not only due to the US occupation, but inflated by the various outbreaks of cholora, and various other pathogens. The actual non-combatant casualties due to violence or collateral damage from the US is in the 150,000-200,000 range, which in a country that has 15 million people in it is typically deemed "acceptable" due to the scale of the operations regularly conducted, and the amount of violence that ensued in public areas

      April 27, 2013 at 10:51 am | Reply
    • Guy

      Some ppl just want attention and come off as nothing less than ignorant

      April 27, 2013 at 11:24 am | Reply
  33. Gumdrop

    Why is Obama sending troops to defend white people from black Africans?

    April 27, 2013 at 2:52 am | Reply
    • joe Mauro

      you guess

      April 27, 2013 at 4:13 am | Reply
  34. Vichy Carlos

    A little late isn't it?

    April 27, 2013 at 2:45 am | Reply
  35. massoud

    We lost the Korean War, Vietnam War,and the War in Afghanistan how about we stop getting into Wars and let some other Nations be the cannon fodder and tax payers for the Banking Cartel

    April 27, 2013 at 1:58 am | Reply
  36. C Smythe

    You guys are so gullible . . . this is just the beginning of the buildup of coalition forces in preparation to subjugating the Middle East, Iran and N. Korea. Y'all never heard of "dis-information"? Only in 'merca . . .

    April 27, 2013 at 12:10 am | Reply
  37. G tech

    The Marine Corps. When it absolutely.positively has to be destroyed overnight.
    God Bless Our Marines.

    April 26, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Reply
    • Peter


      April 27, 2013 at 3:16 am | Reply
  38. Tibagur

    What another pathetic coverup. This administration treats us like complete idiots expecting us to believe this type of stuff. I still can't believe bama got away with the Benghazi incident.

    I'm not saying I'm a fan of Romney's either but I remember how he got drug over the coals during the debate when this came up and bama's big "how dare you!". Turns out every work Romney said was dead on and if anything an understatement.

    April 26, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Reply
    • Bismarck

      Tibagur, when you disparagingly refer to the President of the United States as bama, you lose any shred of credibility you may have. Actually, the next time you have a thought, let it go.

      April 27, 2013 at 12:11 am | Reply
      • Trustin N. DeLaud

        I think we all know what he means. Sounds more than credible.

        April 27, 2013 at 12:27 am |
    • Veritas

      Cover up in Benghazi, riiiiggghhht. I don't know if you knew this or not, but President Obama helped fake the lunar landings. He also was the second gunman in the JFK assassination and helped John Wilkes Booth escape when he shot Lincoln. Not only that he was at Roswell when the alien space craft crash landed. In fact, he IS an alien; he survived the crash and escaped and now he is President of the United States and is going to confiscate all of your guns so that the United Nations can take over and force everyone into reeducation camps. This will all be done in preparation for the coming alien invasion that he will lead, that will result in the zombie apocalypse. You see President Obama and the rest of the aliens from his home planet are going to come down on their UFOs and turn everyone into zombies while they are detained in the UN camps. Then once the zombies eat everyone they will become the aliens' slaves and help them loot the earth and steal all of its natural resources before destroying it with a giant roll of radioactive toilet paper. All of this makes as much sense as you Tea Klux Klan members whining about a Benghazi cover up. This is reality – turn Faux News off and put down the conspiracy theory magazine. Everything is going to be alright.

      April 27, 2013 at 12:24 am | Reply
      • smee

        Five hours before the attack I was watching the BBC. The reported was being lead around by the terrorists explaining how the attack would take place, where the RPGs and machine guns would be placed. That report vanished right after the attack.

        There was a live video feed from a drone. The Pentagon and the White House were watching, and if they weren't (unlikely at best) what were they doing?

        A rapid response force in the region asked permission to provide military assistance but was denied three times.

        The rest of the world knew that it wasn't a demonstration or riot. It was an assault, complete with rocket launchers, assault rifles, machine guns, and grenades. And if the BBC was broadcasting a report that this is what was going to happen, then the question remains why or how didn't anyone in government know about it?

        April 28, 2013 at 6:54 am |
  39. d2


    April 26, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Good grief d2, what a dumb comment the above is! Those guys are fighting for the rights of big business and right-wing politicians who want you to believe that mumbo-jumbo and that's it in a nutshell!!!

      April 27, 2013 at 11:52 am | Reply
      • smee

        So I guess America deserved 9/11, the Boston bombing, and any other terrorist attack. After all, these are by people who don't agree with Western values, beliefs, or "big business".

        I suppose you don't have a TV, computer, car, cell phone, and dress in used clothes because to do otherwise is to buy into, well, the American way/American dream.

        I hear that North Korea and Iran are nice this time of the year. Are you planning your move to escape the Big Business culture of the West?

        April 28, 2013 at 7:04 am |
      • George Patton-2

        Actually smee, none of these stupid wars that we're currently in have anything whatsoever to do with any of our rights or freedoms nor with our national security! People who say otherwise are either right-wing fanatics who wish to brainwash us or just simple minded Tea Partiers!!!

        April 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
      • Pete

        @George Patton2,you're right just keeping the MIC money train coming in...Republicans with only about 30% actually involved in military services past or present that are war mongers and democrates who demonstrate diplomacy not advocating wars,but peace have had in past or present well over 70% served in wars and other military manuevers internationally..So like you said its republican generated and if they'd fight like they talk our country wouldn't be in as many messes internationally as we have been under them,remember Bushs debacles ,too many too list!!

        April 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
  40. Obama is a fraud.

    They could have responded. this is just to try and cover up the murder those Americans. This administration lied and Americans died.

    April 26, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Reply
    • d2

      take your hate somewhere else. These heros are fighting for your freedom!

      April 26, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Reply
    • Trustin N. DeLaud

      I believe you, O. is a f.

      April 27, 2013 at 12:28 am | Reply
    • John

      "The administration lied and Americans died" Very, very good point! I'm glad republican administrations don't use lies to convince the nation to invade mid east countries. That could cost thousands of Americans their lives and leave thousands more physically handicapped for life.

      April 27, 2013 at 2:04 am | Reply
      • Pete

        @John,well stated!!!

        April 29, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
  41. J

    What a waste of money!

    April 26, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Reply
  42. Beefburger

    BS!! We had assets in the area of Benghazi that could have been there inside of 2-3 hours! This is just more off the a$$clown-in-chief trying to cover his backside against the fallout!

    April 26, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  43. mind our own business

    If Obama didn't have Ambassador Steven's running weapons illegally to Syria we would not have needed to rescue anyone. lets just stay out of the middle east, they hate us.

    April 26, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  44. cm74130

    I don't understand the move. I'm surprised they can't do better than 6-hour response time. And how many terror-related crises take 6 hours to develop? I would expect most to be much faster moving than that.

    April 26, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  45. Mad

    Screw marines.

    Thank you for fighting for my right to say that.

    April 26, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Reply
    • MarineVet357

      Didn't make it out of boot camp huh?

      April 26, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Reply
      • MarineSister

        Probably didn't make it in in the first place.

        April 26, 2013 at 10:47 pm |
      • massoud


        April 27, 2013 at 2:22 am |
    • mr sensitive

      Say that face to face to a Marine...you might not be able to finish the last part ...just sayin'

      April 26, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Reply
    • massoud

      The more Wars our military fights and loses the more freedoms and liberties the Government takes away as a result of blowback

      April 27, 2013 at 2:32 am | Reply
    • K

      Obviously YOU NEVER got into The Marines NOR any other service. I hope some day, a Marine FEEDS those words back to you! Pansies don't serve. We understand your disappointment and frustration. Sit back and watch then. At least our servicemen TRY to protect us. They rely on men/women with brains as well as loyalty and honor to decide what it is that is best for them to do. People like you, are the reason our country is falling apart at the seams!

      August 12, 2015 at 1:01 am | Reply
      • K

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        August 12, 2015 at 1:03 am |
  46. CentralParkTarzan

    ...how many countries are trying to safeguard their people and their Embassies in the US...by basing their troops here???

    April 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Reply
    • John

      When's the last time another country's embassy located int he US was attacked?

      April 26, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Reply
      • smee

        Most have a small military force or armed special agents as standard operating procedure. its normal. Embassies are considered as foreign soil and there is always someone there with a gun to protect it.

        April 28, 2013 at 7:11 am |
  47. Aziz Mohammed Bey

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    April 26, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Reply
    • Jesse Jackson

      LOL – you towel boys kill me!! ROFLMAO

      April 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Reply
    • Harry Techy

      USA is like all countries and organized religions. We all have our fanatic, level headed people, and then completely uncaring. Does US kill people yes and so do Muslims. Is there people in America who preach peace yes there is as do Muslims. Are there Christians who would love to carpet bomb Muslims back to the stone age yes. Are there Christians who actually listen to what the word of God says and turn the other cheek Yes. What I love is doesn't matter what your faith is our country we all are the same. We all seem to hate what we don't understand and label things to make us feel better. You see America as evil and thats how Americans see alot of Muslims. Should a small percentage dictate your world view I hope not. I don't dislike all Muslims, Christians, and Jews. At least we can agree on one thing if a politician speaks you know he's lying. Thats universal.

      April 26, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Reply
      • Jeffory

        Finally, a sensible comment. Hear! Hear! to you my right thinking friend.

        April 26, 2013 at 9:23 pm |
    • AllahuAkbar

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      April 26, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Reply
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  49. Milret08

    Day late dollar short

    April 26, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  50. Clarise

    Caudill, this has nothing to do with appeasement.John Roberts is not involved either. We've been allowed to use Spain and Italy for decades as launching points, if needed. We aren't there to "kick" Spanish ass. They are our allies who grant us permission to use their territory.You'd better be glad, too. It's necessary to be able to get the intelligence we need to prevent anyone else (our former President) from starting an illegal war.And to prevent terrorist attacks to the best of our ability. As to the Roman Empire.....don't even go there. I don't believe the Romans had communications such as we now have and, get this, we no longer use horses, swords and ships rowed by slaves.

    April 26, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  51. Clarise

    it's pronounced mo-RONE, you moron. and roll that "r" a little bit.

    April 26, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Reply
    • Joe Smith

      Oh, I thought that it was named Moron in honor of McCain and Graham

      April 26, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  52. Muddy Road

    Moron Air Base?


    April 26, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • AllahuAkbar

      The poor guy that the base is named after must have gone through he11 in high school.

      April 26, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  53. Carlson

    This is absolute stupidity. We don't need any more troops overseas. Instead, we need to demilitarize and turn our bases over to our so-called "allies" if they are any good at all. For instance, we can turn our bases in Germany over to the Czechs, Poles and Hungarians who will do just as good of a job as our own troops are. Let's just bring our troops home and let our so-called "allies" assume their own responsibilities!

    April 26, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Yea we did that once then world war 2 broke out

      April 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Reply
      • coreyjayb

        You don't actually know of the events leading up to ww2, it seems.

        April 27, 2013 at 1:04 am |
    • CentralParkTarzan

      at half the price...

      April 26, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  54. joe DiAntonio

    Can,t we learn from history!! Look what happen to the Roman Empire on it,s way out because they had to extend their defense line so thin to keep out the hordes of barbarians . This made their Armies so thin that they were easy run over & conquered. Hey people, history repeats itself. The U.S. is trying to fight too many battles they they can't handle. because these conflicts are now ran by our politicians that don,t know anything about wars, that the military does.

    April 26, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Reply
    • rad666

      Roman soldiers did have some nice uniforms.

      April 26, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Reply
      • AllahuAkbar

        ....and swords, horses, and ships rowed by slaves.

        April 26, 2013 at 11:34 pm |
    • Carlson

      Thank you joe, for your intelligent input. There are too many idiots on this website crying for more wars for us to jump into! Your account of Roman history is truly accurate.

      April 26, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Okay you have no clue about roman history yes they expanded their borders to far but with that they divided up their empire in doing so the east and then west they still hold out for another 500 years after that so its not that they exspanded to far where their military cant handle they just stopped fighting and conquering because that is what roman's do their entire history and don't compare the US military to the ancient Roman military the US military is the best military so far in history we are able to deploy anywhere in the world in amouter of hours the romans took days compare to what we can do.

      April 26, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Reply
      • Bob Knippel

        No offense, dude, but when I learned to read, things which were written had capital letters and punctuation marks, which broke the words into comprehensible sentences.

        April 26, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
    • mindstorms

      Empires by there very nature must expand. Once they stop they will collapse.

      April 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Reply
      • massoud

        we are on the downside most empires last 200 years and thats it we have 20 years max left than China will take over

        April 27, 2013 at 2:19 am |
    • K

      If our president had ANY clue about security measures necessary for us, we WOULD BE HOME! Those soldiers don't get to choose where they go. And it's not the military that has been deciding what is going on. Our president has his own agenda and has been using Executive Orders as if they were movie tickets! He wants something, everyone that knows ANYTHING about the subject is overruled, ridiculed publicly on TV by our own President, and then HE does exactly what he WANTS. Just like a spoiled teenager!

      Our military should be on our own shores. But, with someone at the helm that has no clue as to what he's doing... we're all in for a rocky road. And, we can't leave our friends unprotected either. Not him though... he's already got family in a country that he brags about, and funds. He isn't concerned with the US's security and welfare. He's proven that time and time again. The sooner he leaves, the safer we'd all be.

      August 12, 2015 at 12:53 am | Reply
  55. rad666

    So, if America's speaker of the House went to the base, would that be

    Moron with a Boehner?

    April 26, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Reply
    • Joe Smith

      It certainly would, and we know that's a recipe for trouble

      April 26, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Reply
  56. BigShiz

    They don't have proper air support. I feel like a lot of the people making military decisions don't know what there doing.

    April 26, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Reply
    • Christian

      What do you mean they don't have proper air support? Their is a lot of UAV and fix winged air support in that region.

      April 26, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Reply
      • CentralParkTarzan

        ...and a Carrier fleet...

        April 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
      • BigShiz

        No they don't. Dumb fuks

        April 27, 2013 at 8:58 pm |
  57. Fakakma

    Say hello to Leo Messi

    April 26, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  58. Fakakma

    ah ah ah ah ah M0RON AIR BASE AH AH AH AH AH AH

    April 26, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  59. Fakakma

    Mor0n air base? LOL

    April 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  60. Tom

    Hillbillies shouldn't be allowed to post comments.

    April 26, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Reply
    • Fakakma

      la tu madre pinche cabron

      April 26, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  61. Brandon

    I was there for 90 days back in the mid 90's. We had a lot of military members going in and out in support of secret operations. The base and the surrouding area's is probably the most beautiful part of the world I have every been to.

    April 26, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  62. chicasan

    We are everywhere, it's sick. I feel like the more we deploy ourselves elsewhere and disrupt another countries way of life in any way the more at risk we are to having our way of life disrupted.

    April 26, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  63. Enlisted

    Can anyone else point out the Officer?

    April 26, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Reply
    • Meow Meow Bread Crust

      Easy.. it's the clown with the big nose diddy bopping along.....

      April 26, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Reply
      • C


        April 27, 2013 at 6:22 pm |
  64. crushedu

    What a total freakin waste of tax payer dollars. Bunch of political BS. Provide security where it is needed and keep diplomats out of countries that hate us.

    April 26, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Reply
    • Hadenuffyet

      All the while people will gripe if anything happens and nothing gets done. This is an appeasement to the crying conservatives over Benghazi.

      April 26, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Reply
      • Anthony Caudill

        Appeasement... that's all the man does. John Roberts has more courage than this president.

        April 26, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
    • jeff

      You should be thankful there are individuals who are willing to go into harms way to save your sorry butt! When you have your head in your butt you can't see the real world.

      April 26, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Reply
      • Carpe Diem

        You mean like they put themselves in harm's way to save us all from Saddam's WMDs? Since he didn't HAVE any, what did the troops die for in Iraq and Afghanistan exactly??????

        April 26, 2013 at 7:07 pm |
    • I-owe

      deeper into debt we go policing the planet ... while home goes to hell

      April 26, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Reply
      • massoud

        Someone has to die for and fund the Banksters why not us ?

        April 27, 2013 at 2:25 am |
    • David

      Why the hell would you send diplomats exclusively to countries that like us? Going to places that hate us IS THE POINT. Diplomats, diplomacy... Get it? I hate geopolitical illiterates that think sticking our head in the sand is the way to go, never mind the last time we tried it killed our economy and got us invaded.

      April 26, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  65. Hadenuffyet

    6 hours is 5 too long.

    April 26, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  66. ug

    Let those countryies witrh the issues deal with them not us...it isn't our country...

    April 26, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Reply
    • Spellczech


      April 26, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  67. ug

    Then we will have foreign troops over here doing the same thing more and more and it is a rehearsal for the NWO...

    April 26, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Reply
    • Carpe Diem

      That is not as mad as it might seem. You have a point.

      April 26, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  68. thermion7

    Morón Air Base was the emergency transatlantic landing site in case of a Space shuttle emergency.

    And Chuck Yeager mentions being at Morón in his autobiography

    April 26, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  69. Pete/Ark

    Despite the fact that not many of us look like Charleton Heston in"55 Days at Peking", this is a thing the Corps has always done well.When allowed.

    April 26, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Reply
    • Chester Sobczak

      Semper Fi

      April 26, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  70. ted

    Let them kick some ass over there. Tired of the people from those s**thole countries coming over here and bombing us.

    April 26, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Reply
    • jon

      Yeah, let's kick some of that Spanish ass.

      April 26, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Reply
    • Carpe Diem

      The SPANISH?? You should visit Moron – I'm sure you'd feel right at home!

      April 26, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Reply
    • Daniel

      I don' think we Spaniards come here to bomb your country,as a matter of fact we got bombed because we were supporting your country in Irak. If you want to,do some research,Google MADRID BOMBING and take a look at the pictures of the trains.
      We are US allies,and Spain welcomes Americans,that's why so many American students go to Spain every year.

      April 27, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  71. Robert

    For those that keep making jokes about the spelling, maybe CNN should use the Spanish spelling of the base: Morón

    Spanish has a lot of tonal qualities that affect the sounds and meaning of words, and accents play in important part in conveying written meaning.

    April 26, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Reply
    • Pete/Ark

      those who make fun of it are only reacting to what THEY are called every day...do not try to improve them...

      April 26, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  72. GetReal

    Mo_r_on Air .....Really?

    April 26, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  73. Sheila

    And yet again, an article that talks about our military, an all-volunteer force that puts themselves in harm's way for the good of others, deteriorates into name calling.

    April 26, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Reply
    • Geode

      This has nothing to do with thes bravest among us. It is about the continual expansion of the US empire which will conclude with the equivalent of Vandals sacking our homeland. Some kids never took a History class, and they grow up to be chickenhawks in a dome in DC.

      April 26, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Reply
    • Spence

      Chill out haha. I know a bunch I marines, look they don't really care about citizens respecting them. They make more jokes about anything than I've ever seen.

      April 26, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  74. Ron

    This is great to put together a team like this, close to the action able to respond quickly, Don't understand the second unit!!! Based in the United States? If thier is real trouble at one of our Embassy's, Its will take 9 hrs or more for this team to get thier! and thats if they leave immediately! I thought thats why the team in spain was there ??? Confusing!!

    April 26, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Reply
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