US Security Officer in Libya: State Dept. Wanted to Reduce the Security Footprint
Revelation of the day from Benghazigate.
Eric Nordstrom, the former Regional Security Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Libya, told congressional investigators looking into the murder of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, that the State Department was eager for the American diplomatic presence in Libya to reduce its American security footprint and to rely more on locals, sources tell ABC News. A senior State Department official denies the charge.
In an email from Nordstrom from earlier this month obtained by ABC News, the former Regional Security Officer referred to a list of 230 security incidents in Libya that took place between June 2011 and July 2012, writing that “(t)hese incidents paint a clear picture that the environment in Libya was fragile at best and could degrade quickly. Certainly, not an environment where post should be directed to ‘normalize’ operations and reduce security resources in accordance with an artificial time table.”
The list – which you can read HERE – concludes that the “risk of U.S. Mission personnel, private U.S. citizens, and businesspersons encountering an isolating event as a result of militia or political violence is HIGH."
We've seen quite a priorities contrast today. The Obama administration publicy vows it will fight to protect Big Bird, but behind the scenes it was fighting to reduce security in a chaotic war zone. No one will die if one-percenter Big Bird goes off welfare and has to earn what the market will bear.
Mark Oct 9, 2012 as the day the Obama administration/campaign morphed into a clown car careening recklessly down Sesame Street.