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The situation was that Libya had recently fallen under a citizen-led insurrection. A newly formed government was getting established, but the nation was far from cohesive with respect to law enforcement and military protection. In fact, the nation’s protection was loose and uncoordinated among various rebel factions. The environment was ripe for infiltration and exploitation by various terrorist groups and radical Islamists including those aligned with al-Qaeda.

Led by Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and at the direction of President Obama, a lone ambassador and a small staff of cadre, including a security force sought to establish a beachhead for the administration of humanitarian assistance.

Any average American, and especially those with military training, and State Department experience, would expect that the US government would plan and provide for extraordinary protection for those deployed in harm's way. That means that plans and resources would be staged at the ready in the event of various scenarios in which the small local security force needed support or evacuation.

Surely, the local ambassador representative in charge would have input into the requirements. But, the military would prepare the security and force protection plans for approval by State Department executives.

Having deep experience in Middle East warfare and terrorist scenarios, one must logically believe that military leadership in charge would council all concerned if they believed that the plans were deficient.

Now, testimony shows that military leaders who had doubts about the military ability to support the operation held back information. They may have talked among themselves, but did not advise the State Department nor Defense Department senior executives.

Likewise, with the State Department, Mrs. Clinton knew very well that Congress had reduced her budget for security protection. She had informed Congress about that as the record shows. Yet, she did not protest vociferously with the President and did not hold back deployment of State Department professionals.

An attack happened, and there was no effective response planned or prepared for. It doesn’t matter what the source of the attack was as much as there were no assets in place to protect Americans in harm’s way.

The fundamental problem is that American foreign policy was being executed without the capacity to support it. That is the problem time and again that leads to the American economy being in a deficit position and that kills innocent Americans as a result.

President Obama was responsible for this as were the Secretaries of State and Defense.

Compare this with the Obamacare disaster, and you see a problem resulting from the same sort of executive management deficiency.

"The Benghazi Transcripts: US military woefully unprepared for attack, documents show

By Jennifer GriffinPublished January 14, 2014FoxNews.comFacebook560 Twitter214 LinkedIn3

Hundreds of pages of declassified transcripts from the U.S. military's top commanders present a picture of a woefully ill-postured military force whose assets were not in a position to quickly respond to the Benghazi terror attack -- or other hot spots across Africa and the Middle East.

The 450 pages of newly declassified transcripts detail testimony from secret, closed hearings last year before Congress. They provide fresh insight into the military's decision-making that night from the very commanders who staged the rescue efforts, including the top commander in Africa at the time Gen. Carter Ham."

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/13/benghazi-transcripts-us-milit...

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