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Thwarted Attack at Military Base Highlights Heightened Security Risks

In a recent White House briefing, Peter Doocy pressed for answers about a shocking security breach at the Quantico Marine Corps Base in Virginia, where two Jordanian immigrants, masquerading as Amazon delivery drivers, attempted what could very well have been a planned terrorist attack. The incident was dismissed as an “active law enforcement matter,” with inquiries directed to ICE.

The disturbing incident at Quantico involved two men attempting to force their way through the base’s main gate using a box truck. They were exposed not merely as fraudulent delivery personnel but as serious security threats—one had previously crossed the southern border illegally and the other was on the U.S. terrorist watch list. This isn’t just a failure; it’s a glaring loophole in our national security that was nearly exploited to catastrophic effect.

Our National Security Is in Danger

Yet, this isn’t just about one failed attack. This incident starkly illustrates the broader issues plaguing our national security framework—from porous borders to inadequate vetting processes that allow individuals from terrorist watch lists to not just enter but attempt to infiltrate a top military installation. It’s a chilling reminder of the ongoing internal and external threats facing America.

Moreover, the reluctance to address the situation openly contributes to an increasing distrust in government transparency and accountability. This isn’t merely poor communication; it’s a deliberate obfuscation that leaves Americans unsure of their own safety. At a time when anti-American sentiment is not only rising abroad, particularly in the Middle East, but alarmingly within our own borders, the need for clear and honest communication from our leaders has never been more critical.

The American people deserve to know the full extent of what happened at Quantico and assurances that measures are being taken to tighten security protocols and prevent similar incidents. Our nation’s security should never be compromised by political reluctance or bureaucratic delays. It’s high time we reaffirm our commitment to protecting American soil and our citizens with more than just words—it needs to show decisive, transparent action.

Robert B. Chernin

Robert B. Chernin

Robert is a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser, and former radio talk show host. He studied political science at McGill University in Montreal and has spent over 25 years deeply involved in civic affairs at all levels. Robert has consulted on a variety of federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition.