One brief synopsis reported by the Washington Post this evening, contains the seeds of what should prompt bipartisan outrage. Consider these points as a list.
- The CIA did not inform the military that it was operating an outpost at the State Department managed diplomatic site. (via the Washington Post)
- The State Department failed to increase security at the compound even when there was clear and present danger. (via the Washington Post)
- Libya was and still is below the threshold of an operational nation state, and foreign policy isn’t clearly calculated to reflect American interest (this analyst)
- Anytime American personnel, State Department or clandestine deployments are dispatched in harms way, the American military must have timely reach with capability and capacity to support and rescue those in danger (this analyst)
See the annotated list.
If those conditions are not met, then the mission should be no-go and scrubbed.
The only thing saving Hillary Clinton in all of this is that everyone seemed to have a hand in failure.
“Senate report: Benghazi attack could have been prevented
A long-delayed Senate intelligence committee report released on Wednesday spreads blame among the State Department and intelligence agencies for not preventing an attack at an outpost in Libya that killed four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. The report says the State Department failed to increase security at the compound despite warnings, and faults intelligence agencies for not informing the U.S. military about the existence of a secret CIA outpost at the site.”
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