November 2, 2012

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Criminal Negligence: Benghazi Gave 1-Month Warning.

A month before the terrorist attack, the State Department was warned Benghazi couldn’t protect itself and was surrounded by Islamist militia and al-Qaida camps. It was 3 a.m. and the administration pressed “snooze.”

When the U.S. mission in Benghazi called an Aug. 15 emergency meeting, it wasn’t to discuss an obscure Internet video. It was to discuss the lack of security for a consulate surrounded by at least 10 terrorist camps.

An Aug. 16 cable to the office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and obtained by Fox News reported that the State Department’s senior security officer “expressed concerns with the ability to defend post in the event of a coordinated attack due to limited manpower, security measures, weapons capabilities, host nation support and the overall size of the compound.”

We note use of the phrase “coordinated attack” one month before just such an attack occurred. It’s a phrase the administration didn’t use for weeks after Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in a terrorist attack for which the al-Qaida-linked group Ansar al-Sharia took credit as it was happening.

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