No matter how cynical I become toward politicians, it's never enough.
When a crime is ignored ~ it becomes flagrant;
When a crime is rewarded ~ it becomes epidemic:
No Amnesty No Exception
Now the naysayers claim it wasn't spontaneous but a well planned attack by al-Quaida so how did these guys know the ambassador would overnite there? My money is on they didn't, but they did know weapons were being stockpiled there EVERY nite. They knew only a handful of mercs were on guard. They knew all of this because they and their supporters were in that compound almost daily.
The consulate compound held more than the ambassador's 'office'... the Tactical Operation Command Building and the militia HQ. I see it as a two wave attack, first the symbol of the Foreign presence was attacked- hence the hand carried fuel to burn the buildings but just as importantly the Tac center. What was there... three or four men in that complex?
Second wave was the annex- first softened up by fire and then there would be a ground assault but the CIA hauled ass out before that attack launched.
By why was the CIA there? Why did the Turkish ambassador meet in Benghazi and not Tripoli? Why was the consulate a empty shell of a building?
Because the CIA wanted a presence in Benghazi, not the State dept. The CIA was running a weapons op out of the annex. The CIA hired former seals as mercs to guard the annex but not the Consulate because 90% of the time the Consulate compound was used by the militia not the State dept.
Benghazi was a CIA OP gone south and that was why the initial cover story of riots instead of an attack by some of the very militias the USofA through the CIA were doing business with.
"It's always reassuring to find you've made the right enemies." -- William J. Donovan
Immediately after the mortars hit the roof of the annex, killing two men, and wounding several others- a Predator drone spotted a 'large mass of men' and the evac was on...
I'd love a link backing the need to have the Consulate in Benghazi because that is where Ghadaffi started... please include where it was the State dept who wanted that... that just seems so odd State wanted it but never manned it. It seems like putting a target in the middle of badguy country, not guarding it but the ambassador going in naked on a random visit and a two pronged very effective attack just happens to hit that night.
It was the CIA op that drew the attack and not the Ambassador....