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Benghazi could have been prevented

1. The CIA did not inform the military that it was operating an outpost at the State Department managed diplomatic site. (via the Washington Post)
1. The CIA did not inform the military that it was operating an outpost at the State Department managed diplomatic site. (via the Washington Post)
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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.

  1. The CIA did not inform the military that it was operating an outpost at the State Department managed diplomatic site. (via the Washington Post)
  2. The State Department failed to increase security at the compound even when there was clear and present danger. (via the Washington Post)
  3. 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)
  4. 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.”

Read more at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/senate-report-attack-on-us-compound-in-benghazi-could-have-been-prevented/2014/01/15/5e197224-7de9-11e3-95c6-0a7aa80874bc_story.html

1. The CIA did not inform the military that it was operating an outpost at the State Department managed diplomatic site. (via the Washington Post)
1. The CIA did not inform the military that it was operating an outpost at the State Department managed diplomatic site. (via the Washington Post) 247ureports.com

1. The CIA did not inform the military that it was operating an outpost at the State Department managed diplomatic site. (via the Washington Post)

“Exclusive: Dozens of CIA operatives on the ground during Benghazi attack
CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack.

Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya.”

http://thelead.blogs.cnn.com/2013/08/01/exclusive-dozens-of-cia-operatives-on-the-ground-during-benghazi-attack/

2. The State Department failed to increase security at the compound even when there was clear and present danger. (via the Washington Post)
2. The State Department failed to increase security at the compound even when there was clear and present danger. (via the Washington Post) msnbc.com

2. The State Department failed to increase security at the compound even when there was clear and present danger. (via the Washington Post)

“The new Benghazi report: A thorn for Hillary Clinton?
01/15/14 04:30 PM—UPDATED 01/15/14 07:35 PM

By Aliyah Frumin

A newly-released Senate Intelligence Committee report, which found that the September 2012 attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi could have been prevented, has given Republicans newfound ammunition as they seek to undermine Hillary Clinton and thwart her potential presidential candidacy in 2016.”

http://www.msnbc.com/hardball/the-benghazi-report-thorn-clinton

3. 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)
3. 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) world.time.com

3. 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)

“Constitution:
previous 1951, 1977; latest 2011 (interim); note - in mid-July 2013, Libya's legislative body agreed on steps for drafting a new constitution (2013)

Legal system:
Libya's post-revolution legal system is in flux and driven by state and non-state entities

International law organization participation:
has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration; non-party state to the ICCt

Suffrage:
18 years of age, universal

Executive branch:
chief of state: President, General National Congress Nuri Abu SAHMAYN
head of government: Prime Minister Ali ZAYDAN (since 14 October 2012); Deputy Prime Ministers Awad Ibrik Ibrahim al-BARASI, Sadiq Abd al-Karim Abd al-Rahman KARIM, Abd-al-Salam Muhammad al-Mahdi al-QADI
cabinet: new cabinet approved by the National Congress on 31 October 2012
(For more information visit the World Leaders website )
elections: prime minister and National Congress president elected by the National Congress
election results: NA”

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ly.html

4. 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)
4. 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) www.standupamericaus.org

4. 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)

“Libya’s popular revolution of 2011 has unleashed the potential for more diverse and inclusive growth. In the short term, the country faces the complex and costly tasks of rebuilding its economy, infrastructure, and institutions, and responding to the demands of its population, especially for improved governance. The conflict that accompanied the revolution had a severe impact on the economy, which is heavily dependent on hydrocarbons, but the contraction is expected to be temporary. The restoration of hydrocarbon production is already well advanced, and reconstruction efforts  will boost non-hydrocarbon output growth in the coming years. Libya’s wealth opens a choice of paths for the future: it can fall into the trap of many resource-rich countries that have become overly reliant on revenues from finite natural resources and failed to diversify their economies, or it can pursue a course of sustainable, inclusive development led by increased private-sector activity:

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/dp/2012/1201mcd.pdf