Report: U.S. consulate in Benghazi had no Marine protection

posted at 7:56 pm on September 12, 2012 by Allahpundit

But what about Romney’s gaffes?

The consulate where the American ambassador to Libya was killed on Tuesday is an “interim facility” not protected by the contingent of Marines that safeguards embassies, POLITICO has learned…

A senior administration official Wednesday called the Benghazi consulate “an interim facility,” which the State Department began using “before the fall of Qadhafi.” It was staffed Tuesday by Libyan and State Department security officers. The consulate came under fire from heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades at about 10 p.m. local time on Tuesday. By the time the attack ended several hours later, four Americans were dead and three others had been injured.

The Benghazi consulate had “lock-and-key” security, not the same level of defenses as a formal embassy, an intelligence source told POLITICO. That means it had no bulletproof glass, reinforced doors or other features common to embassies. The intelligence source contrasted it with the American embassy in Cairo, Egypt – “a permanent facility, which is a lot easier to defend.” The Cairo embassy also was attacked Tuesday.

There’s not even a pretense of an excuse made there. Whether it’s S.O.P. to deploy Marines to “interim facilities” or not, this was no ordinary facility. It’s an unfortified building in a volatile Muslim city that’s been targeted by jihadis beforeand it’s 9/11. Obama had no qualms about sending Marines to Benghazi today to reinforce the building; there’s no reason to think he couldn’t have sent them sooner. So what’s the excuse? Or is he simply counting on the media not to ask him this question? Because if so, I’ve got to tell you — that seems like a smart bet at this point.

Speaking of our concern-troll press corps, here’s Chris Matthews summing up the narrative du jour by insisting that “The tragedy in Benghazi that cost Ambassador Stevens his life unfortunately has been overshadowed by the desperate reach by Mitt Romney to secure political advantage.” Top American diplomat killed by jihadis on September 11th at a consulate with no Marine protection = page two. Romney hitting Bambi hard on it = page one. I’ll leave you with two thoughts. One: Matthews can play dumb all he wants but Romney’s statement about the administration sympathizing with the attackers in Egypt was a perfectly apt way of describing that filthy press release from the Cairo embassy yesterday afternoon. And no, it’s no excuse that the embassy released that statement before protesters stormed the compound later in the day; they emphatically stood by their statement later in the afternoon. Unless Matthews is suggesting that the president can’t be held responsible for official U.S. embassy declarations (special rules for The One, as usual), I don’t know what his objection is.

Two: Since we’re floating in a sea of pious leftist bilge today about politicizing attacks on the U.S., read this Washington Free Beacon report on candidate Obama referring to a specific attack on U.S. troops in July 2008 to criticize Bush on the war. That pattern doesn’t start with The One, either: Philip Klein pointed earlier on Twitter to this 2004 report noting that “On a day when seven U.S. servicemen were killed in a suicide bombing attack in Iraq, [John] Kerry termed the war in Iraq ‘catastrophic.’” Good, hard campaigning on a seminal foreign-policy issue, or disgraceful politicization of American grief? If you’re a concern-troll journalist, the candidate’s party affiliation will get you 95 percent of the way to an answer.

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I think you will find that the two other people killed along with the Ambassador and the IT Consultant were probably special forces assigned for their protection.

The ‘why weren’t there marines’ line of Allah’s post doesn’t make sense.

lexhamfox on September 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM

this is when we soon find out that i’ve spent years abroad at various parts of the globe while you don’t even have a passport.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 11:20 PM

You haven’t done chit…it’s obvious from the ignorance of your comments.

HumpBot Salvation on September 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Go take a shower. You reek of flop sweat and desperation.

Solaratov on September 12, 2012 at 11:25 PM

HumpBot Salvation on September 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM

now you’re just raving incoherently.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 11:31 PM

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Oh, yeahhhh! Desperation! How’s it look from where you are, lefty…watchin’ your lightbringer swirling around the bottom of the toilet bowl?

Solaratov on September 12, 2012 at 11:36 PM

thanks! as a matter of fact, the country’s government has been friendly and cooperating. there was actually a pro-American demonstration today in benghazi, which you will not have seen on fox, obviously.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM

LINK!, princess.

Solaratov on September 12, 2012 at 11:38 PM

now you’re just raving incoherently.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Yawn…and now I’m bored of you. You got nothing.

HumpBot Salvation on September 12, 2012 at 11:42 PM

interesting – but very confusing, too!

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Good, now another thousand terrorists will rise up and want to kill us in the name of allah.

burrata on September 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM

OK, I might be sorry for asking this, but what is “yellow Gerbil”?

ccrosby on September 12, 2012 at 11:47 PM

it’s terrible, right?

nobody cares. staying awake wouldn’t have made any difference.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Sure sounds like “No big deal.”

Solaratov on September 12, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Trolls out in force=TFG and Hillary are in deep trouble.

Christien on September 13, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Contrived issue. Consulates don’t usually have Marine detachments, only Embassies.
The real issue is wtf was anybody doing there at all on a terrorism anniversary like 9/11? And why wasn’t there any heightened regional defense posture given the threats made a week earlier? AND wtf was the ambassador himself doing on the other side of the country and in the middle of an evacuation, in the first place?

rayra on September 13, 2012 at 1:09 AM

it’s terrible, right?

nobody cares. staying awake wouldn’t have made any difference.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM

I care. I care that you liberals tormented President Bush with unreasonable standards to be held to during events just like this and now want a pass for everything Obama does or doesn’t do.

You blamed him for every death of US Forces during OEF OIF and charged him with incompetence during the Katrina disaster while dismissing a New Orleans Mayor and Louisianan Governor culpability for their utter lack of organized response.

We’re holding you to your own standards.

hawkdriver on September 13, 2012 at 1:52 AM

Exactly, hawkdriver.

Screaming idiot racist child Obama held Bush responsible for everything bad that happened both before and during his administration, and now we see after.

But screaming racist imbecile Obama can’t hold himself accountable for anything, nor can his brainwashed cultists.

sesquipedalian shows what kind of trash you pick up when you drag an EBT card through a graduate student lounge. Lazy, bratty, spoiled children who bankrupted their parents and who don’t have a single marketable skill, but who want to be minor bureaucrats in the new Obama Regime.

northdallasthirty on September 13, 2012 at 2:41 AM

It’s not a war on Muslims… of course not.

It’s a war on radical murderous Muslims….

Unfortunately, that’s like hundreds of thousands of them.

Opinionnation on September 13, 2012 at 2:58 AM

Don’t know if someone has already posted this, apparently one of the deceased staff in Bengazi had mentioned to friends online that the libyan police were taking pictures.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-09-12-us-official-killed-in-syria-was-a-senior-eve-online-player

oryguncon on September 13, 2012 at 5:06 AM

It’s not a war on Muslims… of course not.

It’s a war on radical murderous Muslims….

Unfortunately, that’s like hundreds of thousands of them.

Opinionnation on September 13, 2012 at 2:58 AM

For what it’s worth, I believe your estimate is very low. There are 2 billion muslims in the world. Your estimate of hundreds of thousands of radical murderous muslims is therefore on the order of 0.01% of all muslims.

There are probably 0.01% radical murderous people in any group.

There are more than likely millions of radical murderous muslims. That puts the estimate in the 0.1% range.

Also, I don’t think there’s a war on muslims. There’s a mostly one-sided war on the West being waged by elements of the muslim world. That’s my layman’s observation…I’m no expert in geopolitics.

freedomfirst on September 13, 2012 at 8:11 AM

There are probably 0.01% radical murderous people in any group.

Hyperbole…to make the point.

freedomfirst on September 13, 2012 at 8:12 AM

I knew it.

This is the scandal – this is the scandal.

jake-the-goose on September 13, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Last!

freedomfirst on September 13, 2012 at 8:56 AM

“The tragedy in Benghazi that cost Ambassador Stevens his life unfortunately has been overshadowed by the desperate reach by Mitt Romney to secure political advantage.”

Not to most thinking people.

Mr Romney’s statement, later echoed by the President, was spot on.

At the time this statement was made, the ambassador had not yet been murdered or discovered as being such.

What was Mr. Obama doing while the ambassador was being murdered? Apparently sleeping. He did not send any help. Nor was he concerned. Until it became a political issue and after four Americans were already dead.

Go after the perpetrators? That’s cold comfort to people who just lost their husband, father, brother, friend and countrymen because of your actions and ultimately inaction.

An executive gets paid to make decisions and provide guidance. Mr. Obama does none of these with any expediency. Well unless it involves his campaign and holding on to power.

Marcus Traianus on September 13, 2012 at 9:26 AM

This will hopefully be the last place I have to make this point, but can we drop the “no Marines” meme? It’s a load of crap.

The Marine Corps Embassy Security Guard (MCESG) Battalion has about 1,000 Marines assigned to it.

They guard ~125 locations world-wide.

Subtracting headquarters & training staff, that leaves an average Marine detatchment numbering SEVEN per location.

Embassy/consulate security is NOT designed to protect the mission from an assaulting horde. It can’t. They just don’t have the manpower or resources. In the event of a fanatic mob, I’m guessing that the security is designed to delay the assault long enough for the cryptographic gear and other classified materials to be destroyed – and that’s about it.

Believing an embassy or consulate – by definition a surrounded position, far from any support – is defensible against a determined attack is like believing the US/UK/FRA could have held West Berlin against a Soviet direct assault. It isn’t happening.

allanbourdius on September 13, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Is the President a drunk as well as a lazy SOB? Here’s his schedule from yesterday:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/schedule/president/2012-09-12

It’s like this every day. The man never gets to his office before 10am and I bet it’s because he has to nurse a hangover every morning. The whitehouse removes his previous daily schedules because they don’t want the press to discover the pattern.

RobertE on September 13, 2012 at 9:47 AM

The embassies are supposed to be defended by the host countries. Like it or not this is their responsibility. There is no way they could really defend the building from an overwhelming attack. Two of those killed may have been CIA not military. We’ll know for sure when they are identified. We may never know the truth about the situation since we have to depend on an undependable press and an empty chair.

Kissmygrits on September 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM

A point to ponder….

Our USA Borders are also not being protected….. As a matter of fact… The Gun Running scheme Fast & Furious that Eric Holder and this President had knowledge about sent arms to Mexico that can and will be used against us at some point as they have already been used against innocent Mexican citizens.

President Obama and this administration are more concerned about sex and stealing hard working peoples money than they are about protecting our country against all outside enemy’s. Sick, sad pathetic elected lawmakers creating rules and laws no one has to live by anymore… riots and blood in our streets was predicted… you did not need a degree in world history to see this coming…. someone should have sent an e-mail to the President and that harpy poser Hillary Clinton… you know… so they could prepare or something.

ActinUpinTexas on September 13, 2012 at 11:01 AM

So Obama spent billions of dollars and sent planes and cruise missiles to kill Qaddafi, but couldn’t send a few armed Marines to protect a U.S. Consulate in Libya?

If there HAD been some armed Marines or Army soldiers guarding that consulate (with snipers on the roof) anyone they saw firing RPG’s at the consulate would have been gunned down, no questions asked. Let’s face it–there are armed guards in front of U.S. embassies even in friendly countries such as France. Why not put them in more dangerous countries like Libya?

Steve Z on September 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Obama had no qualms about sending Marines to Benghazi today to reinforce the building; there’s no reason to think he couldn’t have sent them sooner.

Whoa there trigger …

Was he even asked? It’s a bit down in the weeds for the CINC to oversee security issues – he has tons of people working for him that do that.

I’d put this squarely on HILLARY CLINTON. Why did she put state department personnel in that location without proper security. Did she ask Obama to make some Marine Corps “Love” happen in that facility and was denied? Likely no … likely she figured on her own that the det would be secure and she never involved Obama.

Did you guys blame Bush for Tora Bora? No. Did you blame him any other time an operational commander failed at a mission? No.

A bit of logical fairness is called for here.

HondaV65 on September 13, 2012 at 1:03 PM

So Obama spent billions of dollars and sent planes and cruise missiles to kill Qaddafi, but couldn’t send a few armed Marines to protect a U.S. Consulate in Libya?

Steve Z on September 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

If you want to use that standard then let’s blame Bush for 9/11 m’kay?

I mean – if the CINC is in charge of down in the weeds operational details then I’m blaming Bush right now for not having a military air patrol in the air to shoot down hijacked planes on 9/11 – among all the other failures of operational security on that day.

As the CINC – Obama is too high in the echelon to tell you which embassies have Marines – or how Marines are there – or what kind of weapons each one has.

Blame Hillary Clinton – she’s in charge of all the diplomatic missions.

HondaV65 on September 13, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Unless Matthews is suggesting that the president can’t be held responsible for official U.S. embassy declarations (special rules for The One, as usual), I don’t know what his objection is.

That is exactly what he is saying. Special rules for Barry.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Blame Hillary Clinton – she’s in charge of all the diplomatic missions.

I won’t hold my breath until someone asks Jay Carney if Obama is going to ask for Secretary Clinton’s resignation.

nokarmahere on September 13, 2012 at 1:42 PM

I mean – if the CINC is in charge of down in the weeds operational details then I’m blaming Bush right now for not having a military air patrol in the air to shoot down hijacked planes on 9/11 – among all the other failures of operational security on that day.

As the CINC – Obama is too high in the echelon to tell you which embassies have Marines – or how Marines are there – or what kind of weapons each one has.

Blame Hillary Clinton – she’s in charge of all the diplomatic missions.

HondaV65 on September 13, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Well considering the fact that we have been listening to Democrats blame Bush for years..I fail to see what your problem is here..after all blaming Presidents is the norm right?

But then again, it was Obama’s policy that helped create the entire situation..and it was Obama’s administration that failed to heed it’s own warnings regarding the volatility in Libya. So yes, I blame Obama…not just for this incident but for the leading from behind policy that helped create it.

Bush on the other hand inherited Bin Laden and as we all know when a president inherits something he is absolved forever of responsibility.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 1:44 PM

It’s symbolic of Obama’s foreign policy that no Marines were there to guard one of the most perilously located US consulates extant and then, after the death and destruction, 50 Marines are sent to guard a burned-out hulk of a building.

MaiDee on September 13, 2012 at 2:09 PM

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