After the Benghazi attacks, the government has been looking for ways to provide rescue for diplomats that are facing increasing risk in the middle east. While I feel that the creation of this rapid response team could prove useful in the future, I wonder how future terrorists will view this new threat? It seems that any attempts at negotiating would be futile if terrorists know that the moment they begin an attack a rapid response team is on their way to kill them. On the other hand, the attack in Benghazi didn’t involve any negotiations.
Overall, it’s good to see the military stepping up to support the state department; diplomats take a lot of the same risks and hardships that military officers do, but don’t receive the same amount of recognition or protection. After the budget sequester, many state department consular offices and embassies were stripped of the funds they needed to improve security, so the creation of a military organization to rescue embassies from security breaches seems to be a workable alternative.
The best option would be to just increase security at each embassy to prevent attacks in the first place. Failing that, this seems to be the second best option. If destruction is assured, nothing short of suicide terrorists would be willing to attack U.S. institutions abroad.