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Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team: They're the same guys who went in to protect the embassy in Liberia. They specialize in reinforcing embassies or other US buildings prior to an expected terrorist attack or something along those lines. Here's some info on them:

"Unit Profile

U.S. Marine Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) Company

Dedicated, armed, combat-trained cadre

Task organized and equipped to perform security missions of short duration

Augment installation security when the threat condition has been elevated beyond the capability of the permanent security force

Train installation security forces in antiterrorism and weapons marksmanship

Assist the base security officer in the preparation of base defense and other security plans

Requested by combatant and fleet commanders-in-chief

Deploy only upon approval of the Chief of Naval Operations

Established in 1987, FAST Company is comprised of 500+ Marines equipped to perform security missions as directed by the Chief of Naval Operations. FAST Company Marines augment installation security when a threat condition is elevated beyond the ability of resident and auxiliary security forces. They are not designed to provide a permanent security force for the installation.

FAST Company is primarily designed to conduct defensive combat operations, military security operations, and rear area security operations. It also can be tailored for specific tasks from the Chief of Naval Operations. They also ensure nuclear material on submarines is not compromised when the vessels are docked.

Following the bombing in Saudi Arabia, the threat condition was raised for installations and FAST Marines responded. Based upon site surveys at each location, the Task Force determined that tactics and techniques for protecting entry onto installations varied widely, even among those installations in the same Threat Condition. At Eskan Village, Riyadh, service members entering the base went through two checkpoints. The first was manned by Saudi forces, who checked all members, including U.S., host nation, and Third Country National citizens. The second check point was manned by U.S. forces, who also checked all people. This contrasted with Khobar Towers, where all base entry points were manned by both Saudi and U.S. forces. At Camp Doha, Kuwait, an initial checkpoint several kilometers from the base was manned by both Kuwaiti and U.S. military forces, while the base entry point was manned by armed contract security guards. At Ali Al-Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Bangladeshi military forces, contracted by the government of Kuwait, provided entry control. At the Sahara Residence, a billeting facility in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, entry was controlled by unarmed contract security guards, while at Manai Plaza in Bahrain, another billeting complex, entry was controlled by Marines from the U.S. Marine Corps Fleet Antiterrorist Security Team (FAST) and Bahrainian special forces troops. Entry control at the Administrative Support Unit Bahrain was provided by U.S. Navy and Bahrainian forces, with heavy weapons support from the Marine Fleet Antiterrorist Security Team.

FAST Company has proven itself in more than 70 special security missions and has been in the following operations: Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Sharp Edge (Liberia,) Just Cause (Panama,) Promote Liberty (Panama) and Safe Return in Haiti.

Operation SHARP EDGE in Jan 1991, USMC Fleet Antiterrorist Security Team (FAST) relieved the Marine Amphibious Readiness Group at U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia providing security.

Shortly after the conclusion of VIGILANT WARRIOR, USCENTCOM found itself involved once again in Somalia, this time to cover the withdrawal of UNOSOM II in accordance with a United Nations decision to pull its forces out of that troubled country. After the withdrawal of US forces on 25 March 1994, the United States maintained a liaison office in Mogadishu in an attempt to further the process of political reconciliation in Somalia. Security for this office was provided by a Fleet Antiterrorist Support Team (FAST) platoon from the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion. As conditions in Mogadishu deteriorated, the liaison office relocated to Nairobi and the FAST platoon redeployed to Mombasa, Kenya, on 15 September 1994, with the latter redeploying to home station three days later. President Clinton announced his decision late in 1994 that US forces would assist in the withdrawal of UNOSOM forces from Somalia.

FAST Platoons also provided security support for the transfer of Cuban migrants from Panama holding areas to Guantanamo Bay during Operation SAFE PASSAGE from January to February 1995.

During Operation FAIRWINDS in late 1996, FAST Platoons provided security for NMCB and USAF Engineer unit, work site, camp site, , and convoys in Haiti"

From: http://www.specialoperations.com/USMC/FAST...ST/default.html

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Then pack your boys up and make it three.

to be brutally honest, we dont have the manpower, we are still active in the 2 affirmantioned missions, East Timor, and the Soloman Islands. (one is a released mod, the other in production :thumbsup: ) we also have blokes in Iraq, and we have our own defense to worry about at home, and seeing as we are not a country built on violence, we are doing our best, but we dont move without UN or other such support, also direct invitations from the countries government (sitting or in exile) avoids international incidence, and makes things go smoothly.

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Well, while we are not a Country of followers like some, we are not the world's police force despite what clinton tried to turn us into. Haiti is a big boy, it can take care of itself. In case you forgot, our military is a little busy too there mate :thumbsup:

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yes, but yours is ALOT bigger than ours.

We dont have any aircraft carriers, we dont have any nuclear powered vessals, we dont have any assualt helicopters, we have 2 types of fighter jets, we dont have any long range bombers, we have only 1 tank unit, with aging leopards, our naval air wing consists of helicopters and spotter planes. We only have 1 proper SF unit over 3 services, we have no land based long range missiles, we have no stealth capability, and most of our armed forces are reserves.

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@Kewl

Von Clausewitz said it best,

"War is the continuation of politics by other means."

Think of war in another term too. Wars are what happens when a man's honour fails him. As you ponder that consider Saddam or Hitler just to name two. Also consider that most wars are fought over one or more of three things.

1. The desire for more land

2. The desire for more money

3. The desire for more natural resources

Wars are not fought for peace. Peace is simply the by product of a war.

EDIT: For the record, if those 50 Marines can't handle Haitians I will eat Reconsnakes hat.

Stout Hearts

=UE=Warhawk

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yes, but yours is ALOT bigger than ours.

a little dream that a few people have, world peace.

Well that's pretty thoughtful of you to volunteer my Countrymens' lives to try and satisfy your dream. Of course, they probably have a more pressing dream, not to die in combat for a cause that isn't theirs.

We dont have any aircraft carriers, we dont have any nuclear powered vessals, we dont have any assualt helicopters, we have 2 types of fighter jets, we dont have any long range bombers, we have only 1 tank unit, with aging leopards, our naval air wing consists of helicopters and spotter planes. We only have 1 proper SF unit over 3 services, we have no land based long range missiles, we have no stealth capability, and most of our armed forces are reserves.

Neither does Haiti, so what's the problem?

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Then why fight any war?  what do you think the purpose of a war or any conflict is?

This is just a rephasing of Clausewitz, but "The purpose of war is to support your government's decisions by force." Robert Heinlein.

Edit: And my government should not decide to be the world's cops.

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yes, but yours is ALOT bigger than ours.
a little dream that a few people have, world peace.
Well that's pretty thoughtful of you to volunteer my Countrymens' lives to try and satisfy your dream. Of course, they probably have a more pressing dream, not to die in combat for a cause that isn't theirs.

Sometimes, RS, you really have a way with words. :thumbsup:

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