Originally published in the Los Angeles Times, November 3, 1983. The Marines in Beirut died because some Middle East government or group considered peace not in its interest and persuaded some fanatic to crash a truck loaded with explosives into the Marine headquarters. They did not die because the United States blundered or abdicated responsibility for their safety.
Jenkins, Brian Michael, Let's Not Punish Ourselves for Beirut. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 1983. https://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P6931.html. Also available in print form.
Jenkins, Brian Michael, Let's Not Punish Ourselves for Beirut, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, P-6931, 1983. As of September 08, 2021: https://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P6931.html