#2: Five months later, in September 1983, terrorists struck again and during a lengthy air assault from nearby artillerymen, two Marines stationed at the
In essence there was no real American military retaliation for the Beirut bombing. The Marines were moved offshore where they could not be targeted. Then on February 7, 1984, President Reagan ordered the Marines to begin withdrawal from Lebanon. This was completed on February 26, four months after the barracks bombing; the rest of the multinational force was withdrawn by April that same year. It is noted that Mr. Reagan had pledged "to keep U.S. Forces in Lebanon." That proved to be false.
The GOP even claimed that Obama reacted callously to the news by flying to a fundraiser in