WaPo confirms: State Dept did nothing to address security concerns in Benghazi

posted at 2:01 pm on September 30, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Most of what the Washington Post reports today we already knew — the security at our consulate in Benghazi obviously didn’t meet even minimal standards, let alone the requirements of a diplomatic mission in an area where radical Islamist terrorist networks operate openly.  The results of the terrorist attack attest to that much.  The Post confirms, though, that the State Department never took those security concerns seriously, and implies that the late Ambassador Chris Stevens didn’t either:

On the eve of his death, U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was ebullient as he returned for the first time in his new role to Benghazi, the eastern Libyan city that embraced him as a savior during last year’s civil war. He moved around the coastal town in an armored vehicle and held a marathon of meetings, his handful of bodyguards trailing discreetly behind.

But as Stevens met with Benghazi civic leaders, U.S. officials appear to have underestimated the threat facing both the ambassador and other Americans. They had not reinforced the U.S. diplomatic outpost there to meet strict safety standards for government buildings overseas. Nor had they posted a U.S. Marine detachment, as at other diplomatic sites in high-threat regions.

A U.S. military team assigned to establish security at the new embassy in Tripoli, in a previously undisclosed detail, was never instructed to fortify the temporary hub in the east. Instead, a small local guard force was hired by a British private security firm as part of a contract worth less than half of what it costs to deploy a single U.S. service member in a war zone for a year.

The discovery of Stevens’ journal by CNN in the burnt-out consulate — which the FBI still has yet to visit — indicated that Stevens had become increasingly in fear of his life, and wrote that he’d been put on an al-Qaeda hit list. However, earlier incidents should have made clear that State needed to provide better security, and that the need was increasing:

The U.S. outpost had a close call of its own June 6, when a small roadside bomb detonated outside the walls, causing no injuries or significant damage. But the Americans stayed put.

Geoff Porter, a risk and security analyst who specializes in North Africa, said the sudden and stark shift from “predictable violence to terrorism” in the east over the summer was unmistakable.

“The U.S. intelligence apparatus must have had a sense the environment was shifting,” he said.

Ernesto Londono and Abigail Hauslohner report that his friends didn’t hear any complaints from Stevens, and that he was excited to be back in Benghazi.  However, their Libyan contacts tried to dissuade the Americans from any kind of public appearance, warning that security was deteriorating:

But if Stevens was deeply worried about deteriorating security, as CNN has reported he wrote in an entry in his journal, he kept quiet, said the Libyan friend who was with him the day before the attack.

“We didn’t talk about attacks,” the friend said. “He would have never come on the anniversary of September 11th if he had had any concerns.”

Three days before the attack, a U.S. official in Benghazi met with security leaders to ask them about the threat level, a senior Libyan official in the east said on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.

The American did not disclose the ambassador’s visit.

“They told him, ‘Look, if there’s going to be any foreign presence [in the city], it better be discreet,’ ” the Libyan official said.

In other words, the State Department had plenty of indicators that the consulate in Benghazi was at high risk.  The British had pulled out of the city entirely due to the deteriorating conditions in eastern Libya.  Instead of bolstering security or moving diplomatic personnel back to the embassy in Tripoli, State did nothing — and sent Stevens into the city for a very public tour.  Ironically, the US now won’t send FBI investigators within 400 miles of Benghazi now for the investigation into the terrorist attack because of security concerns in the Benghazi region.

Most of this has already been known or assumed, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t note the confirmation of the incompetence that left four Americans dead and a diplomatic installation an open target for radical Islamist terrorists.

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Ed, I’ll pay you to stop using that pic. Name your price.

joejm65 on September 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Pass around the collection basket.

CW on September 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Ugh,s/p boo boo,thats deafening,not(defeaning silence).

canopfor on September 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM

The Washington Post publishes something implying that the administration is in some way flawed?! Is that allowed?

Let me take this opportunity to remind America that in this ever-more-dangerous world your Secretary of State is a former FIRST LADY — and an incompoetent one at that. It’s easy to lose sight of this with media like the Washigton Post domminating the flow of information. You get the sense sometimes that the Post and NY Times are like middle school student newspapers and the Clintons are the faculty advisors.

curved space on September 30, 2012 at 3:15 PM

ted c on September 30, 2012 at 3:12 PM

The Clinton’s scrotched the job then and they scrotched is now.

SparkPlug on September 30, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Ed, you keep trumpeting the fact that the FBI isn’t on the ground investigating. But can you tell me what the point of them doing so would be? After Bush 43′s efforts over the years, I thought we had gotten past the Clintonian urge to ‘investigate’ everything and moved on to more realistic ‘hunt them down and kill them’ MO using intelligence, drone strikes, and the occasional incursion.

Vatican Watcher on September 30, 2012 at 2:26 P

They sent the FBI in so they could call it a “crime investigation” and not have to answer any questions until the “investigation” was done- you know, like sometime after November 6. This is such a classic Clinton move.

BettyRuth on September 30, 2012 at 3:15 PM

A drunk Bill Maher in drag. Let hostile powers quail in fear!

Die Pantsuit kommt!

spiritof61 on September 30, 2012 at 3:16 PM

God. That picture would stop a clock. Maybe it explains Bill’s Lewinsky thing.

Dingbat63 on September 30, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I told my ex that she looked like Lewinsky. Maybe that’s why she’s my ex.

/she really did, at the time
//I thought it was hot

Ugly on September 30, 2012 at 3:17 PM

So I’m confused . . . was what happened to Chris Stevens et.al. an example of “workplace violence” or “man-caused-disaster?” Could it be both? Or is it neither?

Inquiring minds want to know.

In passing, Richard Fernandez wonders if one important purpose of the attack might have been to disrupt US eyes-on-the-ground in that neck of the woods. It’s an intriguing thought and he offers up this quote:

“It’s a catastrophic intelligence loss,” said one U.S. official who has served in Libya and who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the FBI is still investigating the attack. “We got our eyes poked out.”

The CIA’s surveillance targets in Benghazi and eastern Libya include Ansar al-Sharia, a militia that some have blamed for the attack, as well as suspected members of al-Qaida’s affiliate in North Africa, known as al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.”

BLOC on September 30, 2012 at 3:18 PM

State Dept did nothing to address security concerns in Benghazi

Wrong! Before the attack

. They attended social functions and went on junkets where Hillary gained another 30 pounds under her chin and on her hips.
. they ignored all warnings of impending disaster because it interfered with State department cocktail parties where Hillary drank herself under the table AGAIN!
. They assiduously prepared an “enemies list” of anyone making dire and “ridiculous” claims of imminent danger to State Department personnel in Benghazi-and mailed it off to the IRS for subsequent tax aqudits.

And After the attack

. They projected blame onto an obscure film maker.
. They projected blame on the previous administration
. They lied, prevaricated, changed the subject, changed their stories (several times).
. They apologized to the attackers
. They offered more money to the the governments who stood idly by while mobs attacked our embassies.
.They covered up for their president who created the mess in the first place-by encouraging the overthrows of both Qadaffi and Mubarek.
. They refused to call the terrorists “terrorists” and later recanted under pressure.
. They had the film maker arrested on some trumped up charge to make it look as though he was kinda-sorta involved (when he wasn’t).

AND HERE YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO SAY THE STATE DEPARTMENT DID NOTHING. For shame!

MaiDee on September 30, 2012 at 3:18 PM

The Clinton’s scrotched the job then and they scrotched is now.

SparkPlug on September 30, 2012 at 3:15 PM

SparkPlug:

Good one,now I know way,Hopey always sits,with his legs crossed!:)

canopfor on September 30, 2012 at 3:19 PM

The crime and the cover-up are shameful. Impeach.

Philly on September 30, 2012 at 3:20 PM

and with an air of quiet dignity mitt continues to avoid tying obama to the incompetency at benghazi.

what a gentlemen. what a quiet considerate soul. nice to see that mitts charity not only extends to his friends, but also to those who are destroying our country.

renalin on September 30, 2012 at 3:21 PM

re: the above comments about the helicopter rescue.

This the first I’ve heard about that.

davidk on September 30, 2012 at 3:03 PM

That story seems to be buried. The whole thing makes even less sense when there are over 40 people involved and helicopters

clnurnberg on September 30, 2012 at 3:21 PM

They sent the FBI in so they could call it a “crime investigation” and not have to answer any questions until the “investigation” was done- you know, like sometime after November 6. This is such a classic Clinton move.

BettyRuth on September 30, 2012 at 3:15 PM

If any of you folks want to do some research on the African embassy bombings under Clinton to compare how they were handled, there’s a story there. Was the FBI called in on those cases?

slickwillie2001 on September 30, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Am I wrong?

ted c on September 30, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Sadly, no.

davidk on September 30, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Bill Clinton acted like the WTC Attack in 1993 was just some crime like jaywalking.

Then he let bin laden go and paved the way for 911.read the 911 commission report. It blames Clinton.

The clintons are useless POSes in regard to Islamo fascists.

Horrible legacy for the Clinton’s

SparkPlug on September 30, 2012 at 3:27 PM

clnurnberg on September 30, 2012 at 3:21 PM

I’m not sure if this is the story you are talking about or not? But MM had this the other day if this is the one you are talking about? To be honest, this was the first post I had seen about this issue.

http://michellemalkin.com/2012/09/28/deafening-silence-about-the-camp-bastion-attack/
L

letget on September 30, 2012 at 3:28 PM

This time the Admin is beyond useless, they are part of the problem almost to the point of collaboration. Is the Arab Spring “democratic” or a Brotherhood coup? On that you can ask the ladies, Hillary and Valerie and Huma from the Umma…but still Obama is the key.

clnurnberg on September 30, 2012 at 3:29 PM

GOD AWFUL- That pic of Hillary! Did she just do a shot of Quervo, or is that her come hither look?

SMACKRUNNER on September 30, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Hillary: come to bed Bill!
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.
.
BJ: think I’ll have a cigar first Hill!

KOOLAID2 on September 30, 2012 at 3:29 PM

The discovery of Stevens’ journal by CNN in the burnt-out consulate — which the FBI still has yet to visit — indicated that Stevens had become increasingly in fear of his life, and wrote that he’d been put on an al-Qaeda hit list. However, earlier incidents should have made clear that State needed to provide better security, and that the need was increasing:

However, earlier incidents should have made clear that State needed to provide better security, and that the need was increasing:

THE DEMOCRATS Refuse to confront terrorism and Al Queda.

SparkPlug on September 30, 2012 at 3:31 PM

and with an air of quiet dignity mitt continues to avoid tying obama to the incompetency at benghazi.

what a gentlemen. what a quiet considerate soul. nice to see that mitts charity not only extends to his friends, but also to those who are destroying our country.

Preparation H on September 30, 2012 at 3:21 PM

“I’m Barack Hussein O’bamna, and I Approved this Message!”

Del Dolemonte on September 30, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Speaking of security concerns, read letter from soldier in Afghanistan as part of this larger piece and be prepared to be furious, disgusted, heartbroken…

BO can throw Hillary under the bus for Libya. Who will he blame for his rules of engagement?

Buy Danish on September 30, 2012 at 3:32 PM

KOOLAID2 on September 30, 2012 at 3:29 PM

The Clinton’s continue to scrotch everything up.

And Barry is even worse.

SparkPlug on September 30, 2012 at 3:32 PM

http://michellemalkin.com/2012/09/28/deafening-silence-about-the-camp-bastion-attack/
L

letget on September 30, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Backed by a handful of men, he ran toward another building to check whether the troops there were safe. Along the way, Raible and his men were attacked. He and Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, 27, of Kokomo, Ind., died of wounds from an explosion, Lt. Col. Stewart Upton, a military spokesman, said. Chambless was devastated but not particularly surprised. “It was very fitting that he was killed leading his men from the front,” the major said.

Where is the CiC?

davidk on September 30, 2012 at 3:34 PM

“That is definitely a Gran Corona!”

Bill – “wow – you’re good babe”

Bourgeoisie on September 30, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Now we need another 911 commission report.

Donks FUBARED the job of security again.

SparkPlug on September 30, 2012 at 3:35 PM

When Romney is elected one of the first things he does is have Congress hold a big investigation into the Libya fiasco.
The results will be the end of Hillary making a run for the Presidency in 2016 (and the taking down of Hillary will be backed by a lot of Democrats who want no more of the Clintons).

albill on September 30, 2012 at 3:38 PM

why isn’t romney calling out the administration on this? i don’t mean some soundbite, surrounded by a bunch of pap. i mean a real statement. why wait for the debates? why wait another second as precious time ticks away.

renalin on September 30, 2012 at 3:40 PM

State Dept did nothing to address security concerns in Benghazi

Wrong! Before the attack

. They attended social functions and went on junkets where Hillary gained another 30 pounds under her chin and on her hips.
. they ignored all warnings of impending disaster because it interfered with State department cocktail parties where Hillary drank herself under the table AGAIN!
. They assiduously prepared an “enemies list” of anyone making dire and “ridiculous” claims of imminent danger to State Department personnel in Benghazi-and mailed it off to the IRS for subsequent tax aqudits.

And After the attack

. They projected blame onto an obscure film maker.
. They projected blame on the previous administration
. They lied, prevaricated, changed the subject, changed their stories (several times).
. They apologized to the attackers
. They offered more money to the the governments who stood idly by while mobs attacked our embassies.
.They covered up for their president who created the mess in the first place-by encouraging the overthrows of both Qadaffi and Mubarek.
. They refused to call the terrorists “terrorists” and later recanted under pressure.
. They had the film maker arrested on some trumped up charge to make it look as though he was kinda-sorta involved (when he wasn’t).

AND HERE YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO SAY THE STATE DEPARTMENT DID NOTHING. For shame!

MaiDee on September 30, 2012 at 3:18 PM

GOOD POINT

SparkPlug on September 30, 2012 at 3:41 PM

GOOD POINT

SparkPlug on September 30, 2012 at 3:41 PM

^^^this

Ugly on September 30, 2012 at 3:52 PM

why isn’t romney calling out the administration on this?

renalin on September 30, 2012 at 3:40 PM

The silence is deafening. In this fight, only one side is fighting. And it’s not Romney. It’s not the GOP either.

Pat Caddell says it’s the most inept campaign he’s seen in his many years of watching them. With Øbama’s record, the election was Romney’s to lose. And so far he’s losing it.

petefrt on September 30, 2012 at 3:58 PM

It is amazing how fast we got details of the mission to kill OBL but on the Benghazi helicopter rescue mission only quotes from Libyans…?

d1carter on September 30, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Speaking of Jihadys…………….WTF-WTH????

Looks like Obama is pulling out all stops on
this Election,and doesn’t want to OFFEND THE MUSLIM VOTE!
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Canada says it took Guantanamo detainee early after U.S. pressure
OTTAWA | Sun Sep 30, 2012 2:49pm EDT

(Reuters) – Canada, which allowed Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr to be transferred to a prison in his homeland months earlier than expected, did so after pressure from the United States, Foreign Minister John Baird said on Sunday.

Baird declined to comment

on reports an angry Washington had insisted
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on Khadr’s quick return after someone in Canada leaked a secret U.S. report on him.(More…)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/30/us-guantanamo-khadr-idUSBRE88S0AN20120930

canopfor on September 30, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Where are the people that were rescued? What do they have to say?

dont taze me bro on September 30, 2012 at 4:01 PM

THE DEMOCRATS Refuse to confront terrorism and Al Queda.

SparkPlug on September 30, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Sure they confront it.

They confront it while they make plans on how to put the Muslim Brotherhood and others in control of more and more countries. You do not think a lot of planing went into the Arab Spring. Where do you think that planing took place. I will tell you in the USA put on by the Obama Administration.

The killing of the Ambasador was planed more or less by Obama.

Steveangell on September 30, 2012 at 4:02 PM

dont taze me bro on September 30, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Some possibilties:

Threatened into silence
Covert
Part of the problem

clnurnberg on September 30, 2012 at 4:04 PM

canopfor on September 30, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Ezra Lavant: Criticize Islam, get solitary confinement … Murder a US medic, get a private jet to Canada

dont taze me bro on September 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM

The entire muslim world could not get worked up about this little video by this facelss man without a LOT of help from the Administration.

clnurnberg on September 30, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Pat Caddell says it’s the most inept campaign he’s seen in his many years of watching them. With Øbama’s record, the election was Romney’s to lose. And so far he’s losing it.

petefrt on September 30, 2012 at 3:58 PM

petefrt:

I watched the whole thing,on US Security/MSM,its CHILLING,

on Mittens Election,Dis-Heartening!:)

canopfor on September 30, 2012 at 4:13 PM

September 30th….Another lost day in the effort to defeat Obama.

Did anyone hear the Romney jump the gun on this WaPo report?

Mmmmm, neither did I?

Wait until those awesome ads show up after the debate, it will be glorious. Mitt will be up 5 or 10 points after that.

#allgoingaccordingtoplanehedgillespie

PappyD61 on September 30, 2012 at 4:13 PM

The survivors have probably been moved to a secure, undisclosed location that has no means of communication to the outside world.

Philly on September 30, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Pat Caddell says it’s the most inept campaign he’s seen in his many years of watching them. With Øbama’s record, the election was Romney’s to lose. And so far he’s losing it.

petefrt on September 30, 2012 at 3:58 PM

petefrt:

I watched the whole thing,on US Security/MSM,its CHILLING,

on Mittens Election,Dis-Heartening!:)

canopfor on September 30, 2012 at 4:13 PM

THIS.

PappyD61 on September 30, 2012 at 4:15 PM

canopfor on September 30, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Ezra Lavant: Criticize Islam, get solitary confinement … Murder a US medic, get a private jet to Canada

dont taze me bro on September 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM

dont taze me bro:

What really adds Insult to Injury,is that,(Canada)was
pressured to and lied to,about the Prison closing,and
of course,getting sent home for killing a US person,er,
military!:)

canopfor on September 30, 2012 at 4:22 PM

petefrt on September 30, 2012 at 3:58 PM

i hope Caddells speech opens some eyes in the romney campaign. we’re doing what we can on the ground. mitt has to help us.

renalin on September 30, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Dear God that picture.

That’s enough to make someone lose their lunch.

gophergirl on September 30, 2012 at 2:

Looks like she’s trying to squeeze out a dry fart !

cableguy615 on September 30, 2012 at 4:25 PM

on Mittens Election,Dis-Heartening!:)

canopfor on September 30, 2012 at 4:13 PM

THIS.

PappyD61 on September 30, 2012 at 4:15 PM

PappyD61:

I have to say,its as if there is no Election going on,I
knew something wasnt right…………ugh!:)

canopfor on September 30, 2012 at 4:25 PM

why isn’t romney calling out the administration on this?

renalin on September 30, 2012 at 3:40 PM

The silence is deafening. In this fight, only one side is fighting. And it’s not Romney. It’s not the GOP either.

Pat Caddell says it’s the most inept campaign he’s seen in his many years of watching them. With Øbama’s record, the election was Romney’s to lose. And so far he’s losing it.

petefrt on September 30, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Personally, I think the reason Mitt hasn’t come out and said anything on this is precisely because of what happened the day after the initial attack in Libya. Romney makes an accurate statement that night…and the next morning he comes out and gives a completely accurate press conference and even takes press questions…and the MSM crucify him for it…and his numbers go down. They didn’t even say what he said was wrong! ALL they focused on was the TIMING of his statement. No matter what Romney does, the MSM is NOT going to report on it in any favorable light. Even FOX has gone a MUCH more middle of the road line this time, accept for Hannity of course. And MAYBE O’Reilly and Gretta. Apart from them, though, FOX is hardly a right wing establishment anymore. I think Mitt is waiting for the second and third debates. WE have to keep this in the news and on the front lines until then. This and F&F. Univision is helping. FOX is helping some. Heck, even CNN is working to keep this front page news. Which is GOOD. Romney can then come into the second and third debates (which both are about or contain elements of foreign policy) and HAMMER Obama on his foreign policy failures. He may even swing questions to it in the first debate, even though its supposed to be about domestic issues. I think that is the only way that Romney is going to get a message about failed foreign policy Obama through the MSM filter. The debates are the ONLY time Romney will have to talk to the nation uncensored by the MSM. Answer questions and pivot to his own talking points on the matters that really count, not the fluff the MSM debate moderators will try to force on him to make Obama look good. He will finally get to address millions of people and state his case. WE all know it…but THEY do not. These debates will be his chance.

Highlar on September 30, 2012 at 4:26 PM

When will Hot Air, fox news and most of the conservative media realize that the Libya debacle will not change the direction of this election (which is INCREASINGLY leaning toward Obama)?
Americans already know what Obama is about. They know what to expect from Obama which are liberal financial and international policies… bailout, tax hike for the rich and military appeasement. The Benghazi incompetence will not tell Americans anything they don’t already know or suspect. The majorities of voters are still on the fence or resigned to vote for Obama because they are RELUCTANT to vote for Mitt Romney.
Obama will get re-elected unless the few voters that will decide the election are comfortable voting for him. After months (or years) of campaigning, the majority of voters still don’t trust Mitt Romney. He comes out as a fake, spoiled rich that will say anything to get elected, thinking he is entitled to the presidency. That’s how most voters see Mitt Romney and the Obama campaign (and liberal media) did a good job enforcing that notion to most voters (even conservatives aren’t thrilled with Romney).

There is NOTHING Hot Air or foxnews can do to make Obama lose the election. Mitt Romney has to win it for convincing Americans that they can trust him. HE has to go off script, trash the talking points and just be his GENUINE self about what he REALLY stands for, why he wants to be president and why he is more qualified than Obama.

What does Mitt Romney stand for? Who is the real Mitt Romney? The pro choice, taxing governor of MA that signed Romneycare or the rhetorical conservative’ Presidential candidate? Politics apart, can ANYONE on here tell us what Mitt Romney stands for? Mitt Romney has been all over the place in his political career that people just cannot trust him.

I wish Mitt Romney could just go into the debate, throw away all the talking points and script and just be himself (even if it’s the moderate governor of MA). If he can just be genuine, he will get the trust of most Americans and frankly, that’s ALL he needs to win. ANY American that can be genuine on the air and make people comfortable will beat Obama because voters are looking for an alternative…it just isn’t the current version of Mitt Romney.

jules on September 30, 2012 at 4:27 PM

That picture’s terrifying. It’s scaring the other pictures out of their minds – just look at Macaulay Culkin on the other half of the page in the “top picks” section. He got to be thinking “God, please, don’t let her come over here.”

Unfortunately for him, every time someone like me points this out, it just adds to the number of comments and makes it even more likely that she’ll be able to cross over.

RINO in Name Only on September 30, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Liam,

With the Hillary-under-the-bus thing, I think it will depend on exactly how this story plays out. I firmly believe Obama will shove her under there fast, even before the election, if it reaches a point where he HAS to find a scapegoat or have it hang around his own neck. Obama is SUCH a narcissist that he could NEVER allow something like this to be blamed on him. The more that comes to light about this fiasco…the more he will have to shift the blame somewhere else. With how good a job CNN has been doing on the Libya front…and now Washington Post (I’m surprised by it, but something is happening there)…Obama will get desperate. He’ll have to hang it on someone else, and that person will be Hillary, if you ask me. Like I said, he’s already gotten the speech from Billy Jeff. What is Clinton going to do, come out in the open and say “You can’t do that; we had a deal!”? I don’t think so. That would make Bill look bad, and he’s almost as bad a narcissist as Obama is.

However, if this gets dropped…and Romney doesn’t hammer Obama on Libya/Egypt/Middle East…then yes, I think your scenario will play out. After the election, and if Obama wins re-election, he will easily be able to throw Hillary under the bus and install someone else in her place. I’ve heard Kerry is looking at the job already, since Hillary was going to step down anyway. Just makes it even easier for Obama to screw her and Bill at the same time with the Libya attack.

Highlar on September 30, 2012 at 4:32 PM

That story seems to be buried. The whole thing makes even less sense when there are over 40 people involved and helicopters

[clnurnberg on September 30, 2012 at 3:21 PM]

Have you seen this story by Shoebat? I don’t know how much to make of it since it’s never been looked into more.

Dusty on September 30, 2012 at 4:37 PM

canopfor on September 30, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Iowahawk: American apologies to Canada for what your lefties bargained from our lefties.

dont taze me bro on September 30, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Personally, I think the reason Mitt hasn’t come out and said anything on this is precisely because of what happened the day after the initial attack in Libya.

Highlar on September 30, 2012 at 4:26 PM

I worry about that too. But I keep telling myself that Mitt’s a big boy and this crap should come as no surprise. He needs to learn how to get his message out over their heads. Like the rest of the GOP, Mitt seems too prone to lapse into defense, to allow his opponents to control the narrative, when what we need is a strong offense.

I feel sick over it. I’m trying to hang to hope, at least through the first debate.

How many times has this happened to us, and we keep on making the same stupid mistake. Dole, McCain, Bush II’s second term, now Romney? Believe me, if we wuss away this one, I’m burning all bridges to the establishment GOP.

petefrt on September 30, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Dusty on September 30, 2012 at 4:37 PM

‘YouTube account has been terminated’

dont taze me bro on September 30, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Have you seen this story by Shoebat? I don’t know how much to make of it since it’s never been looked into more.

Dusty on September 30, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Scrubbed.

VegasRick on September 30, 2012 at 4:47 PM

They did nothing to plus-up security?

Then they put Ambassador Stephens in the worst possible of places on 9/11?

The man was set up.

Ineptitude does not cover this: it is willful with malice aforethought.

Hillary, Rice, Power, and the rest of them can be considered accomplices.

ajacksonian on September 30, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Instead of bolstering security or moving diplomatic personnel back to the embassy in Tripoli, State did nothing — and sent Stevens into the city for a very public tour.

And who decided that? Hillary? Our government sent those people to certain death. Is that or is that not murder?

dogsoldier on September 30, 2012 at 4:52 PM

It may have been scrubbed, but the idea that Morsi and the botherhood are involved makes the Obama cover up more credible.Now 450mil for the bro to keep them silent.

clnurnberg on September 30, 2012 at 4:54 PM

1)The approaching anniversary date of 9-11 should have been enough in itself for someone to realize added security was warranted at the consulate.

2) The warning from the security officials 3 days ahead of the attack didn’t get paid attention to either.

3)Then we have this security analyst, Geoff Porter, who said the sudden and stark shift from “predictable violence to terrorism” in the east over the summer was unmistakable.

Aren’t all these red flags just a little too big to get overlooked?

Now the FBI can’t get anywhere near Benghazi and there are eyewitnesses that were rescued from the scene that are nowhere to be found.

This is beyond incompetence. This is either a total collapse of the State Dept. or something else.

lynncgb on September 30, 2012 at 5:00 PM

canopfor and Pappy, why are you making this about Mitt? It isn’t under any circumstances. let the stinkin’ libs twist in the wind over Benghazi. u know Mitt will be crucified for just curling his lip over it.

pa don’t forget caddell is first and foremost a democrat so he loves criticizing republicans under any circumstances. he’s not on our side.

gracie on September 30, 2012 at 5:01 PM

ps….this benghazi stuff is a big big distraction, too. our economies are about to collapse…any of u with retirement monies should be very very worried about their value short and long term. we need someone in the white house who can help us navigate thru the swamp. obama is an incompetent. mitt is a pro. nuf said.

gracie on September 30, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Personally, I think the reason Mitt hasn’t come out and said anything on this is precisely because of what happened the day after the initial attack in Libya.

Highlar on September 30, 2012 at 4:26 PM

IF Mitt does wait until the debates to rip Obama for his administration’s efforts in Libya, etc., I think it will be so that the public actually gets a chance to see and hear it. His team knows that they’re getting zero press time unless it’s negative press. This is really one of the first opportunities for Romney to show what he’s made of to many voters. I am concerned that it’s supposed to be an economic debate and the moderators will try and shut him down if he talks about foreign affairs.

BettyRuth on September 30, 2012 at 5:06 PM

canopfor on September 30, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Iowahawk: American apologies to Canada for what your lefties bargained from our lefties.

dont taze me bro on September 30, 2012 at 4:42 PM

dont tase me bro:Thanks for the Linky,I loves me Iowahawk:)

canopfor on September 30, 2012 at 5:09 PM

“This time the Admin is beyond useless, they are part of the problem almost to the point of collaboration. Is the Arab Spring “democratic” or a Brotherhood coup? On that you can ask the ladies, Hillary and Valerie and Huma from the Umma…but still Obama is the key.”

Almost?

sablegsd on September 30, 2012 at 5:13 PM

IF Mitt does wait until the debates to rip Obama for his administration’s efforts in Libya, etc., I think it will be so that the public actually gets a chance to see and hear it. His team knows that they’re getting zero press time unless it’s negative press. This is really one of the first opportunities for Romney to show what he’s made of to many voters. I am concerned that it’s supposed to be an economic debate and the moderators will try and shut him down if he talks about foreign affairs.

BettyRuth on September 30, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I completely agree, BettyRuth. As was shown right after the Benghazi attack, the MSM will do ANYthing to make Romney look bad…even if they agree with what he is saying! The debates are where Romney is going to have to shine. And he is going to have to push hard to get his points across. As debate coaches said on the Stossel special this week, Romney should take points from the 2004 vice-presidential debate. Palin was great at doing exactly what Romney needs to do: answer a question and pivot to his own points, both foreign AND domestic during the first debate. The second and third will be easier, as I believe the second is about both topics, and the third is primarily about foreign policy. The problem is going to be in keeping the public eye ON foreign policy until that time. Univision’s expose on F&F will help with the Hispanic community…and CNN/FOX are doing a pretty good job with Libya. The question is…can they keep it up in time to give Mitt a chance to hammer it home on Obama in the debates?

Highlar on September 30, 2012 at 5:20 PM

“When your enemy is in the process of destroying himself, stay out of his way.”

Maybe Mitt feels like Obama should be the story with this debacle and is trying not to give the obamedia a reason to turn the spotlight on him?

clnurnberg on September 30, 2012 at 5:24 PM

I am so sick of that Townhall magazine ad I can barely stand it!

clnurnberg on September 30, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I wish Mitt had a little Breitbart in him…or even a bit of Newt. Turn the media narratives back on the media. Challenge the way the whole debate is typically framed.

dont taze me bro on September 30, 2012 at 5:30 PM

ps….this benghazi stuff is a big big distraction, too. our economies are about to collapse…any of u with retirement monies should be very very worried about their value short and long term. we need someone in the white house who can help us navigate thru the swamp. obama is an incompetent. mitt is a pro. nuf said.

gracie on September 30, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Tell them! I have been trying to make this case all week to no avail. It’s like Romney is so bad of a candidate on the economy that the only option to trash Obama on National security…which will not work because the voters that will decide this Election don’t care about the Libya event. They know it was a terrorist attack and the Obama administration tried to downplay it. It’s more of a referendum on Hillary Clinton but voters LOVE her right now (just like the loved Condi Rice) so this dog won’t hunt. The Economy is still where Obama is vulnerable.
If Romney insists on bring this during the economic debate, he will just look a whiner that cannot make economic arguments.

jules on September 30, 2012 at 5:36 PM

gracie on September 30, 2012 at 5:04 PM

jules on September 30, 2012 at 5:36 PM

I don’t diagree with your point. The economy is where the voters are. Mitt has to win on that. But this Benghazi disgrace is an outrage and Americans need to be able to vent our anger about this.

dont taze me bro on September 30, 2012 at 5:42 PM

gracie on September 30, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Having a prez who will help install the brotherhood in the middle east is not a distraction, it’s important. It’s even more important that he will lie about the whole thing and hide behind some pisant video.

clnurnberg on September 30, 2012 at 5:54 PM

God. That picture would stop a clock. Maybe it explains Bill’s Lewinsky thing.

Dingbat63 on September 30, 2012 at 2:07 PM

That picture would stop a sundial.

ghostwalker1 on September 30, 2012 at 5:58 PM

I refuse to believe Romney has no strategy here on the Benghazi disaster. He has been getting security briefings and has personally spoken with Netanyahu. We know he is as outraged as we are.

As much as I would like to see Romney slam Obama in the media now, it will give the administration adequate time to refute/defuse any accusations and muddle the issue.

Timing is everything, even if it puts us on tenterhooks in the meantime.

I’ve written about this before, but undecided voters don’t make up their minds until about a week before the election all the way up to the voting booth. That is why the most potent attack must be made right before election day.

Mitsouko on September 30, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Ed, you keep trumpeting the fact that the FBI isn’t on the ground investigating. But can you tell me what the point of them doing so would be? After Bush 43′s efforts over the years, I thought we had gotten past the Clintonian urge to ‘investigate’ everything and moved on to more realistic ‘hunt them down and kill them’ MO using intelligence, drone strikes, and the occasional incursion.

Vatican Watcher on September 30, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Also, the State Department is refusing to answer questions until the “investigation” is over. That will, I’m sure, last well beyond the election. I don’t know if this tactic is going to hold, but that’s what they said at the beginning.

Night Owl on September 30, 2012 at 6:17 PM

I’ve written about this before, but undecided voters don’t make up their minds until about a week before the election all the way up to the voting booth. That is why the most potent attack must be made right before election day.

Mitsouko on September 30, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Agreed. And a very good point. Romney has to space out his attacks to get the most effect from them…and hence why the debates are SO important for Romney.

Highlar on September 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Hillary is Dorien Gray in reverse. Every ugly thought and deed is written on her face. There is probably a really pretty picture of her hidden somewhere.

Night Owl on September 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I guess I don’t remember the FBI having much to do with international/foreign affairs investigation. The FBI isn’t there yet – I don’t think the ATF or Treasury Department have made it over there to investigate yet, either. Does the FBI actually have jurisdiction of sorts – of any appropriate sort – to investigate a terrorist act in another country? I know our consulate is ‘our’ sovereign soil, and yet, to investigate they would, I guess, also have to leave the grounds, interview locals, etc.

This just doesn’t sound ‘FBI’-ish… ?

Midas on September 30, 2012 at 6:20 PM

TANGENTIAL O.T. THREADSNATCH: If nothing else, H.G. gets some of the bestest, wierdestest pictures of those whom we have cultivated enmity for.

This shot of The Hill takes the cake.

I am ripping it off for my blog!

The War Planner on September 30, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Obama jokes his way to the finish line and the media plays along, burying all of his criminal incompetence, negligence and radically imbecilic foreign policy follies.

profitsbeard on September 30, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Hillary has been over her since 1992. Never believed she was “the smartest woman alive” or whatever was said. Go back to Arkansas and throw ashtrays at bill. You’re policies have led to innocent people dying

jaywemm on September 30, 2012 at 7:26 PM

They sent the FBI in so they could call it a “crime investigation” and not have to answer any questions until the “investigation” was done- you know, like sometime after November 6. This is such a classic Clinton move.

BettyRuth on September 30, 2012 at 3:15 PM

It’s much simpler than that. The FBI is under Eric Holder.

Ever heard of New Black Panther Party/Voter intimidation?
Fast and Furious,
et al….

Tenwheeler on September 30, 2012 at 7:41 PM

The call for Rice’s resignation is interesting. The UN has no control/effect on the embassies, etc. That is under the Sate Dept, ie HILLARY. She should be fired also,,,,,she supposedly runs it and was aware of the threats and can order added security,,,or maybe she was not getting intell briefings also. The whole bunch are traitors to their oaths to support and defend the Constitution and defend American citizens. I spit on them.

retiredeagle on September 30, 2012 at 7:41 PM

I think Hillary’s face looks like that because Bill had just jizzed in her eye.

Doug Piranha on September 30, 2012 at 8:09 PM

After 9/11, Democrats were all about CONNECTING THE DOTS.
Now they can’t even find the page the dots are on.

GarandFan on September 30, 2012 at 8:19 PM

retiredeagle on September 30, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Yes, the first investigations should ask who in State is responsible for the gross negligence or dereliction of duty that led to the massacre, and who in State and the WH directed the lying about it.

After that, they should get to Rice. Did she know she was lying or was she set up.

petefrt on September 30, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Dear God that picture.

That’s enough to make someone lose their lunch.

gophergirl on September 30, 2012 at 2:

Looks like she’s trying to squeeze out a dry fart !

cableguy615 on September 30, 2012 at 4:25 PM

The tequila is down, she’s sucked the lemon, and she’s waiting for the salt.

slickwillie2001 on September 30, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Where did you dig up this old photo of Gravel Gerty?

dragondrop on September 30, 2012 at 8:59 PM

In other words, the State Department had plenty of indicators that the consulate in Benghazi was at high risk.

Boy. Shrillary and the magnificent elites at State hung ‘ol Stevens out to dry like a homosexual in the middle of a bunch of Islamists.

Uh….Oh, wait….

98ZJUSMC on September 30, 2012 at 9:11 PM

So are the alphabet networks going to run specials absolving The Won?

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Boy. Shrillary and the magnificent elites at State hung ‘ol Stevens out to dry like a homosexual in the middle of a bunch of Islamists.

Stands to reason why they killed him after they raped him. Falls in line with a pedophiles M.O. Just Sayin’

SaysWho on October 1, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Dear God that picture.

That’s enough to make someone lose their lunch.

gophergirl on September 30, 2012 at 2:

Looks like she’s trying to squeeze out a dry fart !

cableguy615 on September 30, 2012 at 4:25 PM

The tequila is down, she’s sucked the lemon, and she’s waiting for the salt.

Ed – it’s Sunday – the sabbath – a day of rest – why then would you foist that picture on us? That pic is unholy, unappealing, unnecessary and unAmerican.

johnnybgood on October 1, 2012 at 1:03 AM

YIKES! That is one scary picture! Just in time for Halloween. (Looking at johnnybgood’s post above the reply box- unholy is a good word.)

sandollar_sa on October 1, 2012 at 1:33 AM

She has really become butt hag ugley

Philo Beddoe on October 1, 2012 at 6:49 AM

Obama Admnistration is busy occupied with concerns about Mitt Romney’s “Swiss bank account”. And making sure everyone who votes or can manage to KNOWS that Romney’s going to loooose. Benghazi isn’t of primary concern.

/LSM.

Lourdes on October 1, 2012 at 7:07 AM

She has really become butt hag ugley

Philo Beddoe on October 1, 2012 at 6:49 AM

I agree, but add: she’s always been so.

Obviously, Obama’s hanging “the whole Benghazi thing” on Hillary, though. I noticed NBC yesterday via various Democrat talking heads all praising the glories of Ambassador S. Rice, so I think that leaves Hillary left to blame, or, rather, use.

My intuitive hunch (and a hunch it is and only is) is that Obama, Axelrod, Jarrett and ‘associates’ are going to use Hillary to pummel if they need a side-track derailer to get the focus off Obama (and they always need such for that motive) BECAUSE in their hearts, certainly in Obama’s, ,he has it in for both Hillary and Bill.

I sense a bit of under-the-table antagonism between Obama and Bill Clinton, specifically and thought Bill Clinton’s latest public statements promoting Obama rang a bit too hollow to be credible. Then there came Mitt Romney’s speaking before Clinton’s Global Initiative, which was well received (and even Bill Clinton looked pleased). So I tend to think that Obama’s going to pummel Hillary and use her because Obama is not an honorable man.

Lourdes on October 1, 2012 at 7:13 AM

The call for Rice’s resignation is interesting. The UN has no control/effect on the embassies, etc. That is under the Sate Dept, ie HILLARY. She should be fired also,,,,,she supposedly runs it and was aware of the threats and can order added security,,,or maybe she was not getting intell briefings also. The whole bunch are traitors to their oaths to support and defend the Constitution and defend American citizens. I spit on them.

retiredeagle on September 30, 2012 at 7:41 PM

In other words — allow me — the Obama Admin is a pit of snakes and they should ALL be kicked out of government. About which, I agree.

There really isn’t anyone associated with Obama, either in the Admin or otherwise, who isn’t worthy of our nation’s despisement. The entire lot of them “from the head down” are scurrilous and, yes, traitors.

Lourdes on October 1, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Hillary will never run for president ’cause she knows she’s getting too damn ugly as she gets older to win.

Cleombrotus on October 1, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Philo Beddoe on October 1, 2012 at 6:49 AM

Heh. Didn’t even se your post before I posted mine, so I see I’m not the only one who thinks so. I suspect the electorate thinks so as well.

Cleombrotus on October 1, 2012 at 7:42 AM

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