WaPo: Obama admin considered attacking AQ in north Africa before Benghazi attack

posted at 10:41 am on October 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

This curious story comes from unnamed US officials to the Washington Post, but it’s difficult to understand who’s leaking it and why.  The story itself — that the Obama administration considered launching attacks against al-Qaeda in north Africa — may be intended to shore up Barack Obama’s standing on terrorism and national security, which has taken body blows since the 9/11 anniversary attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the first US Ambassador murdered in the line of duty since 1979.  However, the acknowledgment that the White House knew of the terrorist danger growing in north Africa raises even more questions about Benghazi:

The White House has held a series of secret meetings in recent months to examine the threat posed by al-Qaeda’s franchise in North Africa and consider for the first time whether to prepare for unilateral strikes, U.S. officials said.

The deliberations reflect concern that al-Qaeda’s African affiliate has become more dangerous since gaining control of large pockets of territory in Mali and acquiring weapons from post-revolution Libya. The discussions predate the Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. compounds in Libya but gained urgency after the assaults there were linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM.

U.S. officials said the discussions have focused on ways to help regional militaries confront al-Qaeda but have also explored the possibility of direct U.S. intervention if the terrorist group continues unchecked.

“Right now, we’re not in position to do much about it,” said a senior U.S. counterterrorism official involved in the talks. As a result, he said, officials have begun to consider contingencies, including the question of “do we or don’t we” deploy drones.

In other words,  no one was confused about the danger rising in north Africa following Obama’s effort to bomb Moammar Qaddafi out of power.  The region had become rife with radical Islamist terror networks, especially AQ, to the point where the Obama administration began to believe it had to start military operations against them.  If that was the case, then how could the Benghazi consulate have been left so unsecured?  Why did the US send Ambassador Chris Stevens into Benghazi at all, let alone so publicly, with such a minimal security force to defend him and the diplomatic mission?

Most importantly, why did this same White House insist for more than a week after the attack that this was a spontaneous protest that “spun out of control,” and that they had no evidence that it was a preplanned terrorist attack?  After all, these networks don’t just sit around planning press releases.  They plan terrorist attacks, primarily against the US and other Westerners, and they look for targets of opportunity — like a lightly-guarded consulate located in their own back yard.  This story makes it pretty clear that the Obama administration tried for more than a week to deceive the American public rather than just regurgitate supposedly erroneous spot intel after the attack.

Eli Lake provides another data point at The Daily Beast for this conclusion, and there is no mystery about the intention of the sources in this case.  Not only were there an additional attack on the Benghazi consulate this year that went unreported, it turns out that terror networks had openly and repeatedly threatened the consulate in the weeks leading up to the anniversary of 9/11:

Jihadists twice set off explosives at the consulate prior to the incident that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, and announced threats on Facebook about escalating attacks on Western targets in the run-up to the 9/11 anniversary, according to whistleblowers reaching out to House Republicans.

In the five months leading up to this year’s 9/11 anniversary, there were two bombings on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and increasing threats to and attacks on the Libyan nationals hired to provide security at the U.S. missions in Tripoli and Benghazi.

Details on these alleged incidents stem in part from the testimony of a handful of whistleblowers who approached the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the days and weeks following the attack on the Benghazi consulate. The incidents are disclosed in a letter to be sent Tuesday to Hillary Clinton from Rep. Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the oversight committee’s subcommittee that deals with national security. …

The new information disclosed in the letter obtained by The Daily Beast strongly suggests the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the late Ambassador Chris Stevens were known by U.S. security personnel to be targets for terrorists. Indeed, the terrorists made their threats openly on Facebook.

Like I wrote earlier, incompetence and dishonesty go together hand in hand — and we’re seeing plenty of both from Obama and his team in the wake of the Benghazi terrorist attack.  The White House and State Department were asleep at the switch before the 9/11 anniversary attack, and they’ve been lying ever since about the circumstances behind it, too.


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Yeah, right.

Eren on October 2, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Suuuuuuurrrrrrrrreeeeeee they did………

catmman on October 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Well, this is no surprise. This is the administration that is expert at talking. Action, not so much.

platypus on October 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I think you left out something critical in your aritcle. What about the fact that Obama is promising free birth control for all women?

earlgrey133 on October 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Rice will go out and straighten it out…Hillary will tell us what really happened, because it was so vital that they could not even tell us what actually happened, as they worked behind the scenes to sort this out, and certain secret things had to be done through clandestine meetings, and we the public had to be kept in the dark for the safety of all of our other ambassadors.
We had to pretend it was spontaneous, to throw the real cause off track, and force them to come out in the open…it was all a plan, developed and put in place by that mastermind, Obama…

There, I won’t it for them…and I won’t be far off…

right2bright on October 2, 2012 at 10:16 AM

The White House has held a series of secret meetings in recent months to examine the threat posed by al-Qaeda’s franchise in North Africa and consider for the first time whether to prepare for unilateral strikes, U.S. officials said.

It is so obvious what they will do…they will say they knew about this all along…

right2bright on October 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Yeah, and I’m sure lots of people in Louisiana thought about buying flood insurance before Katrina showed up.

CurtZHP on October 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Crickets
-lsm

*shaking the head*

cmsinaz on October 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM

This smells like the story that Clinton was just “hours” from getting Bin Laden back in ’98.

Bitter Clinger on October 2, 2012 at 10:47 AM

The White House has held a series of secret meetings

Sure, Axe and Carney had a smoke in the Rose Garden, and decided… ehhh… what could happen?

faraway on October 2, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Anything to prop up dear leader there wapo

Idiots

cmsinaz on October 2, 2012 at 10:48 AM

It is so obvious what they will do…they will say they knew about this all along…

right2bright on October 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Of course they did. They needed something to give The Lightbringer a chance to ride in on his white (racist!) horse and save the day. They just didn’t count on the ambassador getting killed.

CurtZHP on October 2, 2012 at 10:48 AM

oh what a tangled web we weave……..u know the rest.

spin

gracie on October 2, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Ambassador Stevens remains unavailable for comment.

kingsjester on October 2, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Not only were there an additional attack on the Benghazi consulate this year that went unreported, it turns out that terror networks had openly and repeatedly threatened the consulate in the weeks leading up to the anniversary of 9/11:

Don’t say that we didn’t warn your effers!!!
/Regards,
AQ

ted c on October 2, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Were they forewarned about a movie that was coming out or something?

lorien1973 on October 2, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Talk is cheap, homeslice.

ted c on October 2, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Bill Clinton also considered attacking Bin Laden back in the ’90′s……

look where that got us.

ted c on October 2, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Well duh…What did you think we were going to do after the recent oil discoveries in Africa. Kony 2012 didnt work; so what else are we to do but rely on our old faithful enemy AQ as a reason to invade another “oil rich” region.

dom89031 on October 2, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Unguarded ambassador in war zone and criminals given deadly weapons are close to being caught with a dead girl or live boy.

But as the saying goes, if you can spin’t it, ignore it .

Somebody tell Pat Cadell that the corrupt media is fostering new cliches.

IlikedAUH2O on October 2, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Bush lied, people died…oh wait…

eyedoc on October 2, 2012 at 10:54 AM

In other words, no one was confused about the danger rising in north Africa following Obama’s effort to bomb Moammar Qaddafi out of power.

Except those that were involved in planning and executing the security procedures for both the consulate……*ahem*……and Ambassador Stevens.

ted c on October 2, 2012 at 10:54 AM

ok, if you can’t spin it ignore it ..

So sorry.

IlikedAUH2O on October 2, 2012 at 10:54 AM

yes, a series of bloodbaths would be very helpful in stopping the protests. have considered a career of diplomacy?
 
sesquipedalian on September 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM

rogerb on October 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Romney needs to use Libya and F&F as metaphors for the Obama administration, either they are dishonest or the they are incompetent. Either way why would you want to re-elect him/them.

Tater Salad on October 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM

this is not some academic exercise in hindsight, champ. You have a dead Ambassador, a dead Marine, and two dead former SEALs on your hands. Moreover, you have a sacked consulate, burning and overrun embassies, and a Middle East that is on fire. What is with this post hoc flagellation???

ted c on October 2, 2012 at 10:56 AM

I considered marrying Farrah Fawcett…when I was in high school. But, that involved a poster…so, never mind.

The White House and their lackeys are trying their best to defuse #BenghaziGate.

kingsjester on October 2, 2012 at 10:56 AM

OT: but security related. 3 Tuscon sector border patrol agents responded to a sensor activation last night. A shootout ensued. 1 agent dead, 1 agent wounded. Prayers for the families are requested.

This is all the information I have. If more is passed on to me I’ll update.

chemman on October 2, 2012 at 10:56 AM

why did this same White House insist for more than a week after the attack that this was a spontaneous protest that “spun out of control,” and that they had no evidence that it was a preplanned terrorist attack?

they took their eye off the ball and focused on the eye candy instead?????

ted c on October 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Jarret probably told him to wait.

multiuseless on October 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Congress needs to call Hillary, why not eliminate her from the ’16 talk now?

Tater Salad on October 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Anyone want to bet on the number of these briefings Dear Leader actually sat in on himself?

I’m wagering somewhere between ZILCH and NADA.

pilamaye on October 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Is it too late to call this the Benghazi Bungle?

faraway on October 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM

With congressional approval, of course.

Kissmygrits on October 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM

These comments are just ridiculous. Have you guys never heard of the Obama-inspired Arab Spring? Obama’s on the job 24/7. Obama will finish fixing the Middle East just as soon as he’s finished fixing the economy.

Basilsbest on October 2, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Why did the US send Ambassador Chris Stevens into Benghazi at all, let alone so publicly, with such a minimal security force to defend him and the diplomatic mission?

Maybe they had a meeting with what they thought was a group of infiltrators in Al-Q that turned out to be double agents that betrayed them.

the_nile on October 2, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Where’s Hillary? Wasn’t she responsible for her employees safety? Bill has issued a private fatwa warning to Obama in order to protect her.

Tater Salad on October 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Bill has issued a private fatwa warning to Obama in order to protect her.

Tater Salad on October 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM

LOL. What’s he going to do inspire them with his political acumen?

chemman on October 2, 2012 at 11:02 AM

The news about #BenghaziGate is beginning to gain momentum again. I wonder why?

kingsjester on October 2, 2012 at 11:02 AM

“Considering” isn’t “doing”.

Voter from WA State on October 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM

yep. I used to consider dating Cindy Crawford….Quite a bit as I recall. It obviously didn’t turn out too well either.

ted c on October 2, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Obama admin considered attacking AQ in north Africa before Benghazi attack

Well, you just have to remember that liberalism is all about good intentions, and never about actual results. And a very famous road is paved with the former….

Rixon on October 2, 2012 at 11:03 AM

In other words, no one was confused about the danger rising in north Africa following Obama’s effort to bomb Moammar Qaddafi out of power.

Not confused, not unaware, just willful incompetence.

Lily on October 2, 2012 at 11:03 AM

The White House has held a series of secret meetings in recent months to examine the threat posed by al-Qaeda’s franchise in North Africa and consider for the first time whether to prepare for unilateral strikes, U.S. officials said.

That doesn’t mean O was at the meetings.

Ben Hur on October 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

“Considering” isn’t “doing”.

Voter from WA State on October 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM

yep. I used to consider dating Cindy Crawford….Quite a bit as I recall. It obviously didn’t turn out too well either.

ted c on October 2, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Beautiful.

faraway on October 2, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Woulda shoulda coulda …. didn’t

tru2tx on October 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

O T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
.
PA Judge has just overturned PA’s voter ID Law . . . : (

listens2glenn on October 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

That doesn’t mean O was at the meetings.

Ben Hur on October 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Of course he was. Somebody had to deliver the pizza.

MessesWithTexas on October 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Prelude to a show attack? Dear Leader can show the heads of those that killed the ambassador…just before the election?

d1carter on October 2, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Prelude to a show attack? Dear Leader can show the heads of those that killed the ambassador…just before the election?

d1carter on October 2, 2012 at 11:07 AM

He may bring the heads to the FP debate

faraway on October 2, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Is it too late to call this the Benghazi Bungle?

faraway on October 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Um…. Don’t you think that minimizes exactly what happened to include the White House cover-up?

Happy Nomad on October 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Preemptive strike against people that hate Muhammed videos, no doubt.

CycloneCDB on October 2, 2012 at 11:11 AM

SURE they were ..could a,would a,should a

logman1 on October 2, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Terrible about the Border guards. Probably only had bean bag ammo. Of course the media is silent about this and Fast and Furious. I read that the FBI is looking for the perps and the County Sheriffs also. I hope the Sheriffs find him first. I would love to see that gun before the FBI finds it and destroys it..

sandee on October 2, 2012 at 11:11 AM

This curious story comes from unnamed US officials to the Washington Post, but it’s difficult to understand who’s leaking it and why

Not so difficult, really. In the past week, we’ve seen a General, the CIA and an Ambassador get thrown under the ObamaBus on this Libya ‘bump in the road’ to a second term.

The leak is from a supporter of one of the above.

socalcon on October 2, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Um…. Don’t you think that minimizes exactly what happened to include the White House cover-up?

Happy Nomad on October 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

yea, I guess you’re right. Three lashes for me.

faraway on October 2, 2012 at 11:12 AM

The White House has held a series of secret meetings in recent months to examine the threat posed by al-Qaeda’s franchise in North Africa and consider for the first time whether to prepare for unilateral strikes, U.S. officials said.

A gutless call…

rcpjr on October 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

No mention of BO attending these “White House meetings”. Too busy, busy, busy to attend?

Buy Danish on October 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

The amateurs in the administration figure they can strut about with impumity and say things such as “We came, We saw, He died.” about Qaddafi and ‘spiking the football’ with political ads touting the killing of OBL…

Do they lobotomize those in this administration?

socalcon on October 2, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Hilary Clinton Obama admin considered attacking AQ in north Africa before Benghazi attack, but Valarie Jarrett said no.

Unedited version.

Mr. Arkadin on October 2, 2012 at 11:21 AM

MontanaMmmm on October 2, 2012 at 11:19 AM

“…multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the Committee that, prior to the September 11 attack, the U.S. mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi. The mission in Libya, however, was denied these resources by officials in Washington.”

BeJeeezus.

socalcon on October 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM

I’m sure everything was considered. The Obama Administration is nothing if not thoughtful and thorough and everything is always on the table at the WH, including, but not limited to:

– Attacking AQIM,
– Issuing Stern Statements about AQIM,
– Negotiating with AQIM,
– Ignoring AQIM, (chosen option)
– Surrendering to AQIM,
– Playing golf with AQIM,
– Partying with AQIM,
– Soliciting Campaign donations from AQIM.

Did I miss anything?

Dusty on October 2, 2012 at 11:24 AM

radical Islamist terror networks are full of Islamic terrorists.

Are they any other kind of terror networks? Not really. The Muzzies got terrorism all locked up in their stupid Koran.

SparkPlug on October 2, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Why did the US send Ambassador Chris Stevens into Benghazi at all, let alone so publicly, with such a minimal security force to defend him and the diplomatic mission?

I’ve been asking this question since Sept 12. Everyone knew AQ was all over the place in Libya scooping up Quadaffi’s weapons. There were reports in many news outlets.

Sending Stevens to Benghazi with the team he had was a death sentence. I don’t believe Hillary ordered this, but I could be mistaken.

Why did they want Stevens dead?

Are we to believe they didn’t understand the peril? These are people who require US troops to unload and leave their weapons stacked when they come to visit.

I don’t buy the innocent or stupid act.

dogsoldier on October 2, 2012 at 11:25 AM

We meant to stop the terrorists.

Really!

Honest Injun! as Elizabeth Warren would say.

profitsbeard on October 2, 2012 at 11:26 AM

holy cr@p MORE!

http://twitchy.com/2012/10/02/paging-the-lapdog-media-whistleblowers-reveal-facebook-threats-bombings-before-benghazi-attack/

“…on June 6 militants detonated an explosive at the perimeter gate of the consulate, blowing a hole through the barrier. The letter to Clinton quotes one source who described the crater as “big enough for forty men to go through.”

socalcon on October 2, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Hillary is hiding his ‘journal’ from Congress and the FBI.

faraway on October 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I am still trying to figure this out. The administration was warned about the probability of 9/11 attacks on our embassy and did nothing to secure the embassy or personnel. Ambassador Stevens seemed to be aware that he was in danger, why didn’t he demand better security. Did he ask for it and was turned down? In that case he could have refused to serve there. I know he was a career diplomat and thought he knew the people and the area, but he was no fool. Why didn’t he do something to protect himself and his staff? I am so angry that he and his people were killed for the incompetence of this fool, but could the ambassador done on his own to protect his himself and his people? Even going public with his security concerns? I know, they never do that, but they’re dead now, and for what?

megthered on October 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

It was pretty cheeky of those impulsive b@st@rds in AQIM to attack the consulate before Obama could come to a decision on attacking them.

Dusty on October 2, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Oh!
L E A K I N G
again!

KOOLAID2 on October 2, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Did he ask for it and was turned down? In that case he could have refused to serve there. I know he was a career diplomat and thought he knew the people and the area, but he was no fool. Why didn’t he do something to protect himself and his staff?

megthered on October 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

It’s the ‘journal’, grasshopper.

faraway on October 2, 2012 at 11:41 AM

WaPo, January 1, 2013 (after Iran detonates a series of test nuclear bombs in the Alburz) “….obama administration considered taking out Iran’s nuclear facilities, however …”

runner on October 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Did he ask for it and was turned down? In that case he could have refused to serve there. I know he was a career diplomat and thought he knew the people and the area, but he was no fool. Why didn’t he do something to protect himself and his staff?

megthered on October 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

http://www.therightscoop.com/bombshell-house-oversight-says-requests-for-increased-security-in-benghazi-before-911-denied-by-washington/

MontanaMmmm on October 2, 2012 at 11:19 AM

MontanaMmmm on October 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM

[megthered on October 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM]

Considering the advice and warnings Stevens received in the run up to his trip to Benghazi, he was a fool, too. Five other Americans were killed and many injured because he ignored reality and the warnings in his own personal journal.

Dusty on October 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM

unamed sources dealing with unamed committees giving various accounts to unamed officials…like even John Stewart observed, The attack was coordinated by al-Qaeda, the response was uncoordinated by the Obama administration.

DanMan on October 2, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Is Chris Stevens ‘fate’ merely a twist on the demise of Vince Foster? jus’ sayin’

socalcon on October 2, 2012 at 11:49 AM

“In addition, multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the Committee that, prior to the September 11 attack, the U.S. mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi,” Issa and Chaffetz added (my emphasis). “The mission in Libya, however, was denied these resources by officials in Washington.”

The committee noted 13 “security threats” in Benghazi, including an attempt to assassinate the British ambassador to Libya.

right2bright on October 2, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Dusty on October 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM

blaming the Amerixan patriot trying to do his dangerous job with limited resources are you?

sthu

gracie on October 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Osama died; al-Qaeda lives.

petefrt on October 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM

CYA time at the White House….

albill on October 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM

…but he was no fool…

megthered on October 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Events tend to indicate differently, Einstein.

socalcon on October 2, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Examiner :

House committee: U.S. diplomats in Libya asked for extra security, were denied

So, AQ was such a threat that they considered attacking, but denied our people a defense……..

helluva plan there, champ. Smells like FAIL

ted c on October 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM

http://www.therightscoop.com/bombshell-house-oversight-says-requests-for-increased-security-in-benghazi-before-911-denied-by-washington/

MontanaMmmm on October 2, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Ruh roh. Time to trot out Susan Rice again.

petefrt on October 2, 2012 at 11:59 AM

blaming the Amerixan patriot trying to do his dangerous job with limited resources are you?

sthu

[gracie on October 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM]

That last refuge of a scoundrel comment was stupid. His job is not to get killed. His job is to not cause an international incident. As ambassador, there is absolutely job requirement for Stevens to make that trip. We have telephone technology, you know.

Nice to now know you’re a free speech advocate, though.

Dusty on October 2, 2012 at 12:03 PM

absolutely job = absolutely no job

Dusty on October 2, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Dusty on October 2, 2012 at 12:03 PM

u can still sthu…and blame Obama and Hillary for this death trap.

gracie on October 2, 2012 at 12:07 PM

The White House and State Department were asleep at the switch before the 9/11 anniversary attack, and they’ve been lying ever since about the circumstances behind it, too.

Time for a laser-beam focus on the economy–squirrel!

STL_Vet on October 2, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Wag the Dog.

Or this is advice from Bubba?

Actually, I think this is just another example of the children that permeate the current White House. They campaign. That’s all they know how to do. And now they seem especially worried about the prospects for a job come January. I wonder if someone stuck a wedge in the revolving door at the Center for American Progress…

BKeyser on October 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM

This Clown show, that cost American lives, is criminal! The Ideological BS, that led to this, is beyond inexcusable. Not that I believe the eSTAB-lishment Republicans will do anything but provide cover for this, like they’ve done with Fast & Furious, but the Regime, of course will be trotting out some nobody’s to fall on their sword so the Failure-in-chief can say see, I had nothing to do with it.
For those following,How to take on the Obama Enemy media: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 2, 2012 at 12:21 PM

[gracie on October 2, 2012 at 12:07 PM]

I’ve been blaming them since 9/12. I’m 90% certain the government was aware of this specific danger, not within 24 hours, but before 9/11 and yet blew it off, or because of the normal fubar of this Administration, shrugged their collective ‘not my pay scale’ shoulders.

I’m 25% certain Stevens knew of the danger, via the Cairo Embassy and/or Anne Patterson, herself.

There’s more than enough blame to go around, you Constitution clinging, free speech patriot, you.

Dusty on October 2, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Suggested summary of how this happened:

– US military had planned some covert operation in N. Africa ( perhaps Libya). Purpose? Open for speculation.

– AQ intel became aware that something was in the works, and developed a plan to strike first to discourage/demoralize.

– Some on the US side became aware of AQ intention to strike, and requested backup in Benghazi. But others were unconvinced. Classic US intelligence achilles heel – their own certainty and arrogance.

– Benghazi attack happens, and ambassador killed. Mission accomplished for AQ.

– Administration now caught between rock (lack of security) and hard place (covert mission escalation of war in Africa).

– US Intel probably cooked up the story about a protest demostration gone out of control. Trying to cover their butt for not taking warnings seriously. Probably based on a modacum of truth in that there was a protest around the time of the attack.

– Admin decides to go with the Intel story on the demonstration. Once they commit to this path, all else is just the wicked web that comes from choosing a lie, and making other lies to support the first one.

How do they get out of it?

I submit that a large part of the public will go along with their story as it becomes more complex simply because it becomes TOO complex for them to follow and make the connections to believe they have been lied to. And besides, “not that many people died – it would have been much worse if a war-monger were in charge”. That line of thinking.

Meanwhile, the world becomes an even hotter potato.

connertown on October 2, 2012 at 12:57 PM

I’ll ask again: Why is the Ambassador’s personal journal not considered evidence and in custody of some legal authority?

dont taze me bro on October 2, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Why did the US send Ambassador Chris Stevens into Benghazi at all, let alone so publicly, with such a minimal security force to defend him and the diplomatic mission?

THAT is the question the media needs to focus on next. WHY was the Ambassador there especially on that day. I suspect it is the reason for the cover-up.

Am I wrong to assume that one of the reasons you do not have a large security detail is because you do not want to draw attention to your activity? Did the administration have him on a covert mission they want to keep secret? Or did Stevens lack security because the Obama administration is naive and incompetent?

MississippiMom on October 2, 2012 at 3:14 PM