Beirut: Serious Errors in Judgment

The Marines draw heavy fire for laxity in the Beirut bombing

The Marines draw heavy fire for laxity in the Beirut bombing

By training and tradition, the U.S. Marines prefer going over the top to hunkering down in the trenches. Their indifference to digging in may have proved fatal, however, when a terrorist truck bomb blew apart Marine headquarters in Beirut on Oct. 23, killing 241 men. So concluded a highly critical report last week by the Investigations Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. The hawkish subcommittee, in a document approved by a vote of 9 to 3, charged the Marines with slack security...

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