This is a strange story:
The U.S. has identified five men who might be responsible for the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year, and has enough evidence to justify seizing them by military force as suspected terrorists, officials say. But there isn’t enough proof to try them in a U.S. civilian court as the Obama administration prefers.
The men remain at large while the FBI gathers evidence. But the investigation has been slowed by the reduced U.S. intelligence presence in the region since the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks, and by the limited ability to assist by Libya’s post-revolutionary law enforcement and intelligence agencies, which are still in their infancy since the overthrow of dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
So … the President who had no problem droning an American citizen and his son is hesitating to pull the trigger on the guys who attacked Benghazi? I realize that diplomatic relations with the Libyan government are delicate, to say the least. But our relations will all Middle Eastern governments are delicate. It hasn’t stopped us getting our supposed man before.
I’m also not clear what the point of the leak is. Are we supposed to say, “Oh, well they’re investigating. Let’s forget about the whole Benghazi thing?” The AP report indicates that pictures of the suspects were circulated a while ago and that they are in a remote region of Libya. But why would you leak this until you, you know, actually had something to report. Suspecting five guys of being behind the attacks means nothing. Dragging five guys into court or killing them would be news.
Honestly, is anyone in charge down in Washington? Is there any coherence to your policies?
(I’m having trouble keeping up with all the Obama screwups this week but will hopefully have something to say tomorrow about the AP wiretapping and Jeff Rosen stories.)