We are quite fearful for the fulfillment of our planned exchange student hosting given the recent news events. We’ve had no information yet from our state department contact, nor email from Hiba’s family in the middle east. Of course we pray for the safety of her family as well, and I sent an email to them early this morning. 15 year old Hiba was scheduled to arrive in Orlando on August 12 following some meet and greets in Washington DC. Stay tuned.
This item just in from http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13853565/
Military officials are discussing contingency plans for what appears now to be the inevitable evacuation of U.S. citizens.
One official says that the most likely plan would be to use the assets from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, based out of Camp Lejeune. The 24th MEU is currently in the Red Sea near Jordan, conducting bilateral and unilateral training exercises.
The most likely candidate from the MEU would be the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima. It resembles a small aircraft carrier, complete with helicopters and light attack aircraft.
One official says that the military is working on the assumption that they would have to evacuate nearly 25,000 people.
–Courtney Kube, Pentagon producer