As members of Congress, and the American people still demand answers about what happened a year ago today during the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libyan authorities are trying to find out who had been planting and setting off bombs in both that city, and in Tripoli today. Reuters reported that a bomb did explode in the early morning in Benghazi, not long after another explosive device had been discovered, and defused in Tripoli. The apparent targets were the Foreign Ministry offices in both cities.
In the months since the death of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, the situation on the ground in Libya has been spiraling out of control, with sectarian violence increasing. The country is essentially split between various factions that are the actual power-brokers on the ground in each of their territories, while the centralized government has been ineffective in maintaining control. That is highly apparent when one considers the problem of apprehending individuals that are known to have been involved with the attack in Benghazi last year.
The current U.S. stance of hang-wringing, and claims that there is no way to maintain a reasonable level of security for U.S. diplomats in some regions is only making the case for removing them - which was done earlier this year, across the entire region, including essentially every nation under Islamist control. Lahore, Pakistan, remains unmanned by U.S. diplomats, due to increased security concerns. Presumably in an attempt to keep from being caught without ready military resources, U.S. military resources were moved ahead of this anniversary, to allow for a quicker response to the region, if needed. The presence of U.S. forces in closer proximity to the location of last year's attack is probably a good strategic move, given that the inability of the national government in Libya to exert control over the entire nation has become exacerbated by Al Qaeda gaining a foothold in the nation.
One way or the other, it appears that Hillary Clinton's statement "what difference does it make?" apparently was off target. The fact that the U.S. has not acted decisively on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last year may very well come back to bite this administration after all, in the form of ever-increasing instability in Libya in general. While the bombing today in Benghazi did not claim any lives, and wasn't aimed specifically at the U.S., it definitely isn't a sign of stability in that nation.