A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
From the OP article.....
Before death, Amb. Stevens warned of "violent" Libya landscape - CBS News"...Steven's memos to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is investigating attacks, show he personally pressed for strengthened security.
On July 9, 2012, Stevens sent a "request for extension of tour of duty (TDY) personnel." That refers to a 16-man military temporary security team with expertise in counter terrorism. They were set to leave in August, but Stevens asked to keep them "thru mid-September." .....
It appears that Stevens was requesting for "strengthened security" for Benghazi in a memo to the congressional oversight committee..not the State Department or the WH or the military. It is the congressional oversight committee's response to Stevens request that seems to be missing in all of this.
Stevens was requesting for an extension of TDY personnel....which is 16 man military security team with expertise in counter terrorism. I've heard mention that the CIA's mission in Benghazi was to clear the area around the Annex of violent extremists, weapons and hostile militants. With the continued unpredicatable violence, how could do they do that if they didn't have the personnel with counter terrorism expertise? As we all know the CIA is supposed to operate in secrecy so I would argue that Stevens was making the request on behalf of the CIA to the congressional oversight committee. So where is their response to Stevens?
I think if we dig deep enough we are going to find that the CIA is at the bottom of all of this and they are the ones who screwed up are trying to deflect the blame and pass the buck. I think we might also find that the congressional oversight committee shares in the blame....remember Jason Chaffetz bragging about underfunding the state department security?
One more thing....Stevens was requesting more body guard security for the Tripoli embassy...not Benghazi. The media is doing a lousy job of making that distinction.....when they just say Libya they are mostly referring to Tripoli. The US embassy consoluate was located in Tripoli. The CIA annex and safehouse was located in Benghazi. Stevens was providing diplomatic cover for the CIA in Benghazi and that is why the state department was largely unaware of his activities at the "Special Mission Compound."
From the OP article...
Stevens was referring to the Tripoli embassy....not the Benghazi compound. The day of the attack in Benghazi...Hicks ordered the Tripoli security to go to Benghazi to help Stevens....which then left the Tripoli embassay without enough security and vulnerable to attack....Stevens sent the cable to request an additional 11 bodyguards at the U.S. Embassy in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. In a July 9 cable, he noted that conditions in the country hadn't met "benchmarks" to reduce American security personnel.
"Host nation security support is lacking and cannot be depended on to provide a safe and secure environment for the diplomatic mission of outreach," Stevens wrote in the Aug. 2 cable....read"
If the witnesses testifying before congress aren't telling the whole truth.....it's because congress isn't asking the right questions.
Last edited by Moot; 05-17-13 at 03:12 PM.
This is just sad.
On July 9, 2012, Stevens sent a "request for extension of tour of duty (TDY) personnel." That refers to a 16-man military temporary security team with expertise in counter terrorism. They were set to leave in August, but Stevens asked to keep them "thru mid-September."
On August 2, six weeks before he died, Stevens requested "protective detail bodyguard postions," saying the added guards "will fill the vacuum of security personnel currently at post who will be leaving with the next month and will not be replaced." He called "the security condition in Libya ... unpredictable, volatile and violent." It's not known what happened to that request.
Piecing together White House response to Benghazi
On August 8, as the special security teams left Libya, another cable from Stevens says "a series of violent incidents has dominated the political landscape" and calls them "targeted and discriminate attacks."
Colonel Andrew Wood led the U.S. military team that left Libya in August. He testified before Congress last week.
He told CBS News that Stevens fought losing another security team.....snip~