Nearly two years after Benghazi, American embassy in Libya’s capital falls to Islamists

posted at 10:31 am on September 1, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Nearly two years ago today, on September 11, 2012, four Americans were killed in a coordinated and sophisticated attack on an American diplomatic consulate and a nearby CIA outpost in Benghazi, Libya. But you’re not supposed to talk about that. At least not within the context of today’s news; that the Islamist militia, which recently sacked the country’s capital, have also taken control of portions of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli.

Amid turmoil in Libya in late July, the United States suspended operations at the Tripoli-based diplomatic facility and evacuated American personnel to nearby Tunisia. “Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said at the time.

It looks like “temporarily” is going to be a long time.

“An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya’s capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago,” the Associated Press reported on Sunday.

An Associated Press journalist saw holes left by small-arms and rocket fire dotting the residential compound, reminders of weeks of violence between rival militias over control of Tripoli that sparked the evacuation.

The breach of a deserted U.S. diplomatic post — including images of men earlier swimming in the compound’s algae-filled pools — likely will reinvigorate debate in the U.S. over its role in Libya, more than three years after supporting rebels who toppled dictator Moammar Gadhafi. It also comes just before the two-year anniversary of the slaying of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya.

A commander for the Dawn of Libya group, Moussa Abu-Zaqia, told the AP that his forces had been guarding the residential compound since last week, a day after it seized control of the capital and its international airport after weeks of fighting with a rival militia. Abu-Zaqia said the rival militia from Zintan was in the compound before his troops took it over.

According to a report via Vice News, the Islamist group published a YouTube video (now removed) which featured several militia members diving in to the embassy pool from a second story window after the facility had been captured.

American diplomatic officials believe that only the embassy’s residency has fallen to Islamist fighters, and the remainder of the embassy compound remains secure… For now.

Last week, the Islamist group Dawn of Libya – one of several militias vying for control of post-Gaddafi Libya – took control of the capitol after weeks of fighting. Their success resulted in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates conducting airstrikes against Islamist positions in an effort to halt the group’s advance. Last week, it was revealed that neither nation even bothered to inform Washington of their plan to engage in military operations in Libya.

In short, North Africa is falling apart. But you cannot say that, just as you cannot say that this outcome may have been foreshadowed by Ansar al-Sharif’s attack on U.S. outposts in Benghazi two years ago. That would be politically inconvenient for the White House, which engaged in a war of choice in Libya with the aim of toppling the regime in Tripoli and had no plans to secure the nation after the fighting stopped. Today, due to poor Western planning and leadership, Libya is a failed state.

It all sounds very familiar. But you’re not supposed to talk about that.


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Well, it was their land before it was ours.

-Barack

BobMbx on September 1, 2014 at 10:34 AM

The FBI is investigating….

d1carter on September 1, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Nearly two years after Benghazi, American embassy in Libya’s capital falls to Islamists

Does this mean we probably won’t ever know what happened in Benghazi?

arnold ziffel on September 1, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Okay, what video maker do we blame this time?

myiq2xu on September 1, 2014 at 10:36 AM

We need to have a national conversation about getting rid of obozo……

VegasRick on September 1, 2014 at 10:37 AM

What? We have a national conversation about foreign policy failures under Hillary and ruin her chances for the 2016 WH coronation? “Never” says the LSM!

jbh45 on September 1, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Look at just how powerful You Tube videos are.

Happy Nomad on September 1, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Time to break out the reset button!

KMC1 on September 1, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Obama is prepared to beat ISIS to death with a golf club.

To Obama, the entire Middle East is one big hunormous ‘sand trap’

J_Crater on September 1, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Obama’s “brilliant” polices at work…..

sorrowen on September 1, 2014 at 10:39 AM

That would be politically inconvenient for the White House, which engaged in a war of choice in Libya with the aim of toppling the regime in Tripoli and had no plans to secure the nation after the fighting stopped.

“Arab Spring” included toppling regimes in Egypt and Syria too. Rarely has any American foreign policy been so disastrous.

myiq2xu on September 1, 2014 at 10:41 AM

just damn.

KCB on September 1, 2014 at 10:43 AM

It all sounds very familiar. But you’re not supposed to talk about that.

Because that was so long ago.

Walter L. Newton on September 1, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Today, due to poor Western Obama’s fecklessness planning and leadership incompetence, Libya is a failed state.

Fixed.

EA_MAN on September 1, 2014 at 10:45 AM

“Allahu Akbar”
—Love, Barack

bimmcorp on September 1, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Obama is prepared to beat ISIS to death with a golf club.

To Obama, the entire Middle East is one big hunormous ‘sand trap’

J_Crater on September 1, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Could we please start calling this what it is? ISO- The Islamic States of Obama. Our rat-eared tyrant is its founding father like George Washington, Mao, or Che.

Happy Nomad on September 1, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Look at just how powerful You Tube videos are.

Happy Nomad on September 1, 2014 at 10:38 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8INIH0JfNA8

horatio on September 1, 2014 at 10:46 AM

To quote Hillary:

What difference, at this point, does it make?”

AZCoyote on September 1, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Wow.
Who didn’t see this coming?

leftamark on September 1, 2014 at 10:47 AM

How is it possible that “the remainder of the embassy compound remains secure”? Are there some folks there holding off the militants? They said all our personnel are gone, so what’s preventing the takeover of the rest of the compound? Could we maybe get some actual reporting on this?

GWB on September 1, 2014 at 10:47 AM

So the Arab spring turn s into the Arab fall. I hate to think what the Arab winter is going to look like.

Our country is being run by idiots more concerned with their own trappings of power than our country.

None of the 536 idiots in DC deserve to be in power. Not one of them is fit to tie their own shoes.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 10:49 AM

“What difference does it make?”

Wethal on September 1, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Today, due to poor Western Obama’s fecklessness planning and leadership incompetence, Libya is a failed state.

Fixed.

EA_MAN on September 1, 2014 at 10:45 AM

You forgot Hillary.

Never forget Hillary’s role in this. And don’t let voters forget it either.

AZCoyote on September 1, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Wow.
Who didn’t see this coming?

leftamark on September 1, 2014 at 10:47 AM

the 536 idiots in DC didn’t see it coming. In fact the vast majority saw unicorns and rainbows coming.

We are so doomed.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Okay, what video maker do we blame this time?

myiq2xu on September 1, 2014 at 10:36 AM

“At this point, what…difference…does it make?!?”

–Cackles Clinton

JetBoy on September 1, 2014 at 10:51 AM

And Dear Leader to tell NATO countries….we stand with you no matter what?

d1carter on September 1, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Everybody keeps talking about this as though, from Obama’s perspective, this is a series of ‘setbacks’ or ‘unintended consequences’; I’m not so sure.

He wants/needs these crises. ISIS threatens us, and our borders are porous – a normal-thinking, America-securing, oath-abiding President would take action to secure our borders. This President? No strategy to combat the terrorists, and every strategy to keep the borders open.

The conclusion can only be that he *wants* them to come here, and *wants* them to strike us. Why? Oh, maybe a solid terrorist hit, within our borders, before the ’16 elections get underway, gives the perfect opportunity (never let a crisis go to waste) to invoke martial law and suspend elections?

Just thinking out loud.

Midas on September 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM

one of these days hopefully. This country’s leaders will understand that we are in a Jihad/holy war whether we want to be in one or not. That for the last 1400 years the followers of Allah have waged holy war nonstop on those that do not follow
Allah and that they will NEVER stop. They can only be defeated. Their religion teaches them to wage holy war. and until their religion is outlawed from the face of this earth we will always be in a state of holy war with them.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM

GWB on September 1, 2014 at 10:47 AM

My thoughts, exactly: What’s keeping the abandoned embassy “secure”? For now?

BKeyser on September 1, 2014 at 10:54 AM

the 536 idiots in DC didn’t see it coming. In fact the vast majority saw unicorns and rainbows coming.

We are so doomed.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 10:50 AM

And not just them – more than half of the public sit right there with them.

Midas on September 1, 2014 at 10:54 AM

So the Arab spring turn s into the Arab fall. I hate to think what the Arab winter is going to look like.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Nuclear winter, perhaps.

Midas on September 1, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Scott Johnson @ Power Line checks in on this story:

The video seems to carry a humiliating message to us in the United States, whose efforts were indispensable to the enjoyment of the jihadis. We are left with the nagging question whether the pool supplies were secured when we abandoned the embassy. As Drudge would say, developing…

UPDATE: David Kirpatrick covers the story here for the (New York) Times and also reports that the scene is “a residential compound.” Kirkpatrick goes along with minimizing the significance of the takeover, but he also weirdly reports that the scene results from a “nonviolent invasion” of the compound. He seems to be operating as much in the realm of public relations as journalism.

Dr. Goebbels lives!

Del Dolemonte on September 1, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Whichever Republican runs against Hillary in 2016 should be running this in every commercial.

This is what you get when you let Hillary Clinton answer that 3:00 a.m. call.

AZCoyote on September 1, 2014 at 10:56 AM

The conclusion can only be that he *wants* them to come here, and *wants* them to strike us. Why? Oh, maybe a solid terrorist hit, within our borders, before the ’16 elections get underway, gives the perfect opportunity (never let a crisis go to waste) to invoke martial law and suspend elections?

Just thinking out loud.

Midas on September 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM

It’s the only conclusion that makes any sense. I’m more than a little nervous for Las Vegas in the next couple of weeks.

VegasRick on September 1, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Midas on September 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM

He was raised as one of them. Taught their religion. understands what they want. no one can tell me that what is and has happened in the middle east, in Russia and in China has not been planned by Obama to produce the results we see today. His aim is clear. He wants to weaken the USA, he wants to promote Islam, he wants to arouse our enemies against us. He wants to destroy Israel and in the end destroy the USA. Obama wants the same thing that Osama wanted they are just going about it in different ways.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Could we please start calling this what it is? ISO- The Islamic States of Obama. Our rat-eared tyrant is its founding father like George Washington, Mao, or Che.

Happy Nomad on September 1, 2014 at 10:46 AM

I have to agree with this. He has no strategy for a reason, but no one is asking why. The military has several, that King Putt and Princess Valerie REJECTED.

dogsoldier on September 1, 2014 at 10:57 AM

How is it possible that “the remainder of the embassy compound remains secure”? Are there some folks there holding off the militants? They said all our personnel are gone, so what’s preventing the takeover of the rest of the compound? Could we maybe get some actual reporting on this?

GWB on September 1, 2014 at 10:47 AM

The way it was being explained yesterday, this is an annex building. Maybe it is simply less well-protected. But since our folks are gone it really is nothing more than just a building. That it was once part of the US embassy just shows how much Obama and Killary are failures.

Happy Nomad on September 1, 2014 at 10:58 AM

the 536 idiots in DC didn’t see it coming. In fact the vast majority saw unicorns and rainbows coming.

Respectfully disagree. About half of them saw it coming and said bring it on. The other half saw it coming and cowed in fear.

We are so doomed.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 10:50 AM

But this I do agree with.

leftamark on September 1, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Why was a video of guys diving in a pool removed from Youtube?

Oh yeah, because like Google, Youtube is an arm of the NSA and this doesn’t fit the official narrative that the compound is secure.

Smegley on September 1, 2014 at 10:59 AM

He wants to weaken the USA, he wants to promote Islam, he wants to arouse our enemies against us.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Hey, it’s not as if voters weren’t warned ahead of time.

“I’ll side with the Muslims” (Barry Obama, in Audacity of Hope).

AZCoyote on September 1, 2014 at 11:01 AM

We aren’t doomed but this level of academic policy influence is certainly doomed. So we do have doom hopefully doom for academia….

sorrowen on September 1, 2014 at 11:01 AM

We need a national conversation about what happened to Libya.

Akzed on September 1, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Why was the White House complaining about Egypt’s/UAE’s attempt to slow the advance of these Islamists the other day? It’s not like they were interfering with any Obama strategy to deal with the problem.

Buddahpundit on September 1, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Nuclear winter, perhaps.

Midas on September 1, 2014 at 10:55 AM

sadly I think it will be. or at the very least world war 3 and we won’t win this time. Our leadership is diseased, our culture is rotten, our citizens our out of shape, and have no desire to fight for anything except the remote.

Nope what we are seeing is the what the passengers on the titanic saw when the ship first hit the iceberg. What is coming next is the slow acceptance of our doom by the rest has they see the water level continue to raise and the ship roll over. We are done. It’s just a matter of figuring how long we have left. I think maybe a decade before it’s all over but the crying.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Hey, it’s not as if voters weren’t warned ahead of time.

“I’ll side with the Muslims” (Barry Obama, in Audacity of Hope).

AZCoyote on September 1, 2014 at 11:01 AM

oh they were warned. Sadly most didn’t believe his own words. In fact most still don’t believe they elected someone to lead us that actively hates everything this country stands for.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 11:04 AM

The muslim terrorists have already taken over the White House , the cabinet, the Dimocrat party, and the federal government! It is only fitting that they take over and run the American embassies around the world! America you have been had!

Marco on September 1, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Obama lied, brown people died. Obama misled, brown people are dead.

TarasBulbous on September 1, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Obama: “Cynical Geniuses” In GOP Tricked Americans Into Believing The Government Doesn’t Work…

You KNOW it is getting bad when our young, brilliant POTUS, the smartest man to ever occupy the Oval Office, has sooooo mucked things up that he is reduced to blaming his failures on unicorns black helicopters ‘cynical geniuses’ in the Republican Party.

Who knew that there were any geniuses in the GOP?!?!?! ///

Resist We Much on September 1, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Noah….But we are not supposed to talk about Islam in the Islamic world because that is not PC.

I don’t know how we can ever have a successful plan until we admit that installing a democracy in the Islamic is a stupid idea. If you do all you get is chaos and Islamist taking the country over either by force or with the vote. You can’t use the Obama method of the “Arab Spring” and you can’t use the Bush method which means a massive U.S. military force occupying Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, etc. until Islam is no longer a factor in the political life of those countries. Good luck with that!

So why not just do the smart thing….support Secular Military Governments and infidel controlled countries. Is that too much to ask for?

William Eaton on September 1, 2014 at 11:05 AM

oh they were warned. Sadly most didn’t believe his own words. In fact most still don’t believe they elected someone to lead us that actively hates everything this country stands for.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 11:04 AM

libiots………

VegasRick on September 1, 2014 at 11:05 AM

American diplomatic officials believe that only the embassy’s residency has fallen to Islamist fighters, and the remainder of the embassy compound remains secure… For now.

The problem is, these geniuses do not actually know what their own embassy compound looks like.

William Teach on September 1, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Respectfully disagree. About half of them saw it coming and said bring it on. The other half saw it coming and cowed in fear.

leftamark on September 1, 2014 at 10:58 AM

I don’t know. I think anyone that did see it coming figure they could use the death and destruction to further their own political power. The entire Benghazi witch hunt has been focused on destroying others politically
not on the dead nor wounded , nor on what’s best for the country.

this isn’t a two party country anymore. It’s a two class country. the elites and the serfs. The elites all thought the Arab spring was a good thing. All of them. they thought by removing the strongmen the Arab street would love us. they were wrong. I would agree with you that half of the serfs saw it coming and cowered in fear and half of the serfs saw it coming and said bring it on. but ALL of the elites thought is was a good think and the next destination was the rainbows and unicorn exit and world peace.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Midas on September 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM

When Rush Limbaugh said “I hope he fails” back in 2008, he was just thinking out loud too.
When you piece Obama’s entire life together, it becomes so obvious. Most were not paying attention, some refused to believe it, a few totally agree with him. What really threw me was the fact that the media started turning on Hillary during the primary and became his lap dogs—that’s when I knew it was over.

leftamark on September 1, 2014 at 11:11 AM

I’m seeing a lot of cartoonish cynicism here…but hell I’m cynical lol. I do think we need to take our country back.

sorrowen on September 1, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Happy Nomad on September 1, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Which still doesn’t explain what or who is guarding the “remainder”. Is it still an embassy guarded by Marines? Is it just an empty shell being guarded by whatever militia we made a deal with? Some other combination? Like I said, some actual “reporting” would be nice.

GWB on September 1, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Resist We Much on September 1, 2014 at 11:05 AM

“Addressing Democratic donors at a fundraiser in Rhode Island and another in New York”

Does this douchebag EVER work?

VegasRick on September 1, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Why was a video of guys diving in a pool removed from Youtube?

Oh yeah, because like Google, Youtube is an arm of the NSA and this doesn’t fit the official narrative that the compound is secure.

Smegley on September 1, 2014 at 10:59 AM

I wonder when people are going to wake up and understand we live in a police state know. thanks to Bush and Obama.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 11:12 AM

libiots………

VegasRick on September 1, 2014 at 11:05 AM

well most liberals agree with Obama and hate everything this country stands for. the conservatives and Rinos who “think Obama is a nice guy just in over his head” are the real idiots.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 11:14 AM

What really threw me was the fact that the media started turning on Hillary during the primary and became his lap dogs—that’s when I knew it was over.

leftamark on September 1, 2014 at 11:11 AM

I didn’t follow the dem primary in 2008 much. I knew it was over and our country doomed when the GOP decided to aid Obama by attacking Palin and a great many of “conservatives” joined in with the GOP leadership. It told me we were no longer a two party system and no matter which party won we the people lost.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Never forget Hillary’s role in this. And don’t let voters forget it either.

AZCoyote on September 1, 2014 at 10:50 AM

“Hillary’s War.” -Sen. Rand Paul

JohnGalt23 on September 1, 2014 at 11:19 AM

George W. Bush: “Miss me yet?”

ExpressoBold on September 1, 2014 at 11:19 AM

It’s interesting that the three regimes where Obama was very assertive about toppling: Egypt, Libya and Syria, all had in common that al qaeda supported the toppling of those regimes and were the ground troops in the effort.

I suppose it’s possible that it wasn’t Obama’s intention to end up with al qaeda regimes in their place and maybe he realized what would happen in Syria in time to pull the plug. I have no idea why some Republicans think there were moderate rebels and a moderate regime awaiting to replace Assad. That is folly, especially if you were expecting Syria to be democratic and vote for their own government.

Buddahpundit on September 1, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Pish posh…. “Phony scandal” that was, Dude, like 2 years ago….

Like VegasRick, I too have my concerns up for a 9-11 Vegas. We are nice and (relatively) close to that nice, fat, wide open border. A lot more CCW carriers here, but that will only help in a shopping mall attack – not a bombing.

MistyLane on September 1, 2014 at 11:22 AM

I suppose it’s possible that it wasn’t Obama’s intention to end up with al qaeda regimes in their place and maybe he realized what would happen in Syria in time to pull the plug. I have no idea why some Republicans think there were moderate rebels and a moderate regime awaiting to replace Assad. That is folly, especially if you were expecting Syria to be democratic and vote for their own government.

Buddahpundit on September 1, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Occam’s RAZOR

removing those three will enable a caliphate from turkey to morocco. or in other words return the middle east to pre war world 1 borders.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 11:25 AM

one of these days hopefully. This country’s leaders will understand that we are in a Jihad/holy war whether we want to be in one or not.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Yeah. I wonder what the death toll will be on that DAY?

Cleombrotus on September 1, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Del Dolemonte on September 1, 2014 at 10:55 AM

What doesn’t make sense is that the residential compound is not being destroyed — a la Ferguson. UK’s Daily Mail , hardly a Leftist rag, had an article about this takeover with plenty of photos, and the place is intact, algae-riddled pool and all. What gives?

onlineanalyst on September 1, 2014 at 11:32 AM

George W. Bush: “Miss me yet?”

ExpressoBold on September 1, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Please. He was just as clueless, what with his “religion of peace” rhetoric and obscene foreign policy mistakes.

Cleombrotus on September 1, 2014 at 11:33 AM

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 11:10 AM

I meant the 2 halves of the 536 in Congress, and the entire administration, not the elites and the serfs.
Post-Benghazi, they all (Congress) saw more trouble in Libya coming, half trying to wish it away, too spineless to stand up and say something. The other half embraced it for political capital. Sure it might backfire, if so, just tell the serfs it was impossible to predict this outcome. That’s how everything fits so nicely into Obama’s plan.

leftamark on September 1, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Yeah. I wonder what the death toll will be on that DAY?

Cleombrotus on September 1, 2014 at 11:30 AM

It will be very large.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Please. He was just as clueless, what with his “religion of peace” rhetoric and obscene foreign policy mistakes.

Cleombrotus on September 1, 2014 at 11:33 AM

agreed. Don’t miss Bush nor his father, nor Clinton. All were useless.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Reading through all these comments makes me think that there are likely many people who think the jihad is coming back to our country very soon and in a big way.
The most amazing thing is that the sheeple just appear to be most inflamed today about the country’s disrespect for Obama. It’s all about the O.
I wonder how the O is going to handle an attack………….on the golf course, I’m sure.

ORconservative on September 1, 2014 at 11:38 AM

sadly I think it will be. or at the very least world war 3 and we won’t win this time. Our leadership is diseased, our culture is rotten, our citizens our out of shape, morally, intellectually, and physically and have no desire to fight for anything except the remote.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Sadly, I have to agree. It’s only a matter of time, now.

Cleombrotus on September 1, 2014 at 11:41 AM

What doesn’t make sense is that the residential compound is not being destroyed — a la Ferguson. UK’s Daily Mail , hardly a Leftist rag, had an article about this takeover with plenty of photos, and the place is intact, algae-riddled pool and all. What gives?

onlineanalyst on September 1, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Prime real estate in Tripoli, and cable ready?

leftamark on September 1, 2014 at 11:42 AM

ORconservative on September 1, 2014 at 11:38 AM

I, for one, give him every last ounce of respect that he deserves.

OldEnglish on September 1, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Like VegasRick, I too have my concerns up for a 9-11 Vegas. We are nice and (relatively) close to that nice, fat, wide open border. A lot more CCW carriers here, but that will only help in a shopping mall attack – not a bombing.

MistyLane on September 1, 2014 at 11:22 AM

I have stocked up pretty much the best I can for my family. I pray it doesn’t happen but this isis group is the real deal and obozo and his crew do nothing. It’s almost as if we are asking for it.

VegasRick on September 1, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Unanswered questions about Benghazi:

• When the message came that the consulate was under attack, why were all immediate resources not allocated?

• Where was President Obama the evening of the attack? We were treated to all the White House situation room pictures of the raid on Osama bin Laden — but where are the photos from that night?

• According to the president, he ordered Secretary of Defense Panetta and CJCS General Dempsey to get the Americans in Benghazi the support they needed. If true, then who disobeyed the president’s order, and why did Obama never follow up with Panetta and Dempsey?

• Who came up with the video scapegoat excuse, and why was the U.N. ambassador called out for the Sunday shows and not the person responsible, the secretary of state?

• Ambassador Stevens had met with a Turkish representative in Benghazi, but why were his requests for additional security denied, and by whom?

nazo311 on September 1, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Hillary Clinton. I think that pretty much explains it all.

Dan_NV on September 1, 2014 at 11:43 AM

agreed. Don’t miss Bush nor his father, nor Clinton. All were useless.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 11:36 AM

I don’t think that any of them hated their country. BIG difference.

VegasRick on September 1, 2014 at 11:44 AM

We did think to shred secret documents and crash the hard drives before we left, right? Right? Maybe dear leader should have appointed Lois Lerner to head up that project.

Kissmygrits on September 1, 2014 at 11:45 AM

It’s hard to blame foreign policy FUs on the Republicans huh?

faraway on September 1, 2014 at 11:46 AM

It’s hard to blame foreign policy FUs on the Republicans huh?

faraway on September 1, 2014 at 11:46 AM

What does that mean?

VegasRick on September 1, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Out: “From the Halls of Montezuma To the shores of Tripoli We fight our country’s battles. In the air, on land, and sea”

In: “From the Halls of Montezuma To the shores of Tripoli We lose our country’s battles. In the air, on land, and sea;”

faraway on September 1, 2014 at 11:48 AM

I don’t think that any of them hated their country. BIG difference.

VegasRick on September 1, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Perhaps not, but with Clinton we had a man whose definition of “our Country” was already different than what had been established. He, and his administration, were already hard at work remaking it into a more Left wing country. Obama is simply the logical extension of that.

Remember, Bill and Hillary are a team.

Cleombrotus on September 1, 2014 at 11:51 AM

In: “From the Halls of Montezuma To the shores of Tripoli We lose our country’s battles. In the air, on land, and sea;”

faraway on September 1, 2014 at 11:48 AM

It’s hard to lose or win when you are not allowed to fight.

VegasRick on September 1, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Remind me, what was the strategy behind bombing Libya and getting rid of Quadaffi?

RadClown on September 1, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Video of pool party and high-diving contest taken down by YouTube, but you can still watch it here: http://fox6now.com/2014/08/31/pool-party-libyan-militia-members-seem-to-be-enjoying-abandoned-u-s-embassy-in-tripoli/

petefrt on September 1, 2014 at 11:54 AM

well most liberals agree with Obama and hate everything this country stands for. the conservatives and Rinos who “think Obama is a nice guy just in over his head” are the real idiots.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Actually the real idiots are the ones who believe there are actually conservatives and RINOs who “think Obama is a nice guy just in over his head” when actually those people are just running interference for the WH Marxist. They are in lock step with him but want the serfs to believe they have a voice in what is happening in DC.

bgibbs1000 on September 1, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Remember, Bill and Hillary are a team.

Cleombrotus on September 1, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Oh trust me, I can’t stand either one of them but this guy is very different, VERY different.

VegasRick on September 1, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Islamists swimming at our Embassy

faraway on September 1, 2014 at 11:56 AM

I don’t think that any of them hated their country. BIG difference.

VegasRick on September 1, 2014 at 11:44 AM

agreed they didn’t hate their country but none embraced the concept of rule by the people.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 11:57 AM

agreed they didn’t hate their country but none embraced the concept of rule by the people.

unseen on September 1, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Agreed. This guy is something very different though.

VegasRick on September 1, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Hope and Change!

Oil Can on September 1, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Obama: ” the Arabic call to prayer is …one of the prettiest sounds on Earth”

faraway on September 1, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Okay, here is the link to the UK Mail Online:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2739064/Militia-says-secured-US-compound-Libya.html

Wouldn’t this group be sending a message to the US about its contempt for us? I don’t understand their behavior.

onlineanalyst on September 1, 2014 at 12:00 PM

” … which recently sacked the country’s capital, have also taken control of portions of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli.”

Please. They’ve taken control of all of it. What you mean to say is that they occupy a portion of it, but even that is a rather meaningless comment to make too.

And to make things clear. They did not take control, they invaded and occupied American soil. That’s a declaration of war whether they put it in words or not. One caveat to that last bit; it wouldn’t be a declaration of war, if Obama gave them the approval to occupy it because he had surrendered the US interest in that territory.

Did he?

Dusty on September 1, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Amber Alert: The word ‘Invasion’ has been missing for several days.

If anyone sees this word in the media, please report it to the Center for Missing Memes.

faraway on September 1, 2014 at 12:05 PM

American diplomatic officials believe that only the embassy’s residency has fallen to Islamist fighters, and the remainder of the embassy compound remains secure… For now.

How would they know? Seeing as they’ve “relocated outside the country”.

This administration runs on wishes.

GarandFan on September 1, 2014 at 12:06 PM

America’s defense strategy under Obama in 3 words: Cut and run

I wonder how many decades it will take to repair the damage done to our alliances. America as an ally is completely untrustworthy under Obama.

He is such a snivelling coward.

s1im on September 1, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Remind me, what was the strategy behind bombing Libya and getting rid of Quadaffi?

RadClown on September 1, 2014 at 11:54 AM

He doesn’t have a strategy for dealing with Libya yet. He’s working on it. He might have one before he leaves office.

Besides, he’s got to think of a good #hashtag ‘cuz, like, um, ya know, evrybudy knows you have to do #hashtag diplomacy first.

I dunno. #BringBackOurCrossDressingTinhornDictators or sumthin’.

Resist We Much on September 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Agreed. This guy is something very different though.

VegasRick on September 1, 2014 at 11:58 AM

True that. Even the Clintons, I think, are scratching their heads over what happened to them at this guy’s hands.

Like Bill said, in an earlier time this guy would have been bringing him coffee. I doubt if that was entirely an expression of how much progress we’ve made.

But you have to keep in mind that they, and the political ideology they embraced from their youths, paved the way for this guy and his administration.

Cleombrotus on September 1, 2014 at 12:09 PM

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