You should take the time to read the State Department account of the attack on our consulate in Benghazi. You can read it here – http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/10/198791.htm#.UHoBdHRSV_h.twitter
The cover-up by the Obama Administration has been the focus, but that won’t be resolved prior to the election. More interesting to me are the events that led up to this attack and why it was allowed to happen. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has publicly acknowledged responsibility for the attack as security for our overseas diplomats around the world fall under her jurisdiction. More directly it would appear that Charlene Lamb, who is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, made the decision not to increase security at the compound. Her testimony is here – http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/2012-10-09-Lamb-Testimony-FINAL1.pdf
U.S. security officer Eric Nordstrom has claimed that Lamb tried to keep security at the compound in Benghazi “artificially low” – http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/09/us-libya-usa-idUSBRE89815N20121009. He has also claimed that members of the Libyan February 17th martyrs movement who were assigned security of the compound were only being paid a $30 per day food stipend and hadn’t been paid for months.
When reading the background briefing linked above, I found this sentence.
At this point, the special security team, the quick reaction security team from the other compound, arrive on this compound. They came from what we call the annex. With them – there are six of them – with them are about 16 members of the Libyan February 17th Brigade, the same militia that was – whose – some members of which were on our compound to begin with in the barracks
Questions. Over 200 security incidents at our Libyan compounds in a one year period. 48 at Benghazi. Lamb repeatedly denies extra security requests. The Libyans assigned security not being paid. And on the night of the attack, the 9/11 anniversary, the 6 members of the SST and the 16 members of the Libyan February 17th Brigade are all located at the secret CIA compound (the annex) and not the consulate. What’s it all add up to? Set-up anyone?
The media firestorm is all about the Obama cover-up of the response. It should be focused on why this ever happened because it stinks to high heaven. Ambassador Stevens is dead and it appears to me that it was intended to be that way. The testimony supports it. The events leading up to it supports it. The real question is why?