Tag: ME embassy

Gone Fishing

Is the White House complicit regarding the two ME embassy attacks? Notice that I’m not linking them to the general rioting and demonstrations going on in several countries now, but just these two attacks.

We are still digesting the events of the last few days, but new intel points to a organized coordinated terrorist attack and not some Muslims butthurt over a silly movie.
My local paper had a nice write up of Chris Stevens, a local boy who made good, the Libyan goons could not have killed a stronger advocate and friend of Libya then Stevens. And I’m amused at the Romney backlash regarding his comments. Gee, a presidential candidate who is running for the job that would make critical decisions on foreign affairs, having an opinion about a foreign affair, what a cad. Having the unmitigated gall to slam the State Dept. for an apology that the WH later said they did not authorize and disavowed themselves, a crazy world we live in. But some disturbing information (still being vetted, naturally) that is pointing to an unprepared Obama who dropped the ball, got lazy, and left his subordinates in a lurch.

First from Breitbart we have this:

We knew he never could squeeze in a meeting with his jobs council between his golf games and campaign stops, but not attending security briefings during the week leading up to 9/11? just wow! I realize Obama was always a big picture guy who never got involved with the actual sleeve rolling up stuff, he was a concepts guy, as the healthcare summit proved. But 9/11 happens to be a pretty important day, with world wide ripples, an inspection to make sure all the hatches were properly battened down, this would have been minimal preparation.

Then we have this:

The killings of the US ambassador to Libya and three of his staff were likely to have been the result of a serious and continuing security breach, The Independent can reveal.
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According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and “lockdown”, under which movement is severely restricted.

We know that they knew ahead of time that they were in deep shit, hence the hastily put together apology, hoping to defuse what was coming. We don’t know if Marines were sent from Tripoli or whether our government contacted Shagur and asked for help.

Not only did they torch our embassy, secret valuable files were taken.

The US administration is now facing a crisis in Libya. Sensitive documents have gone missing from the consulate in Benghazi and the supposedly secret location of the “safe house” in the city, where the staff had retreated, came under sustained mortar attack. Other such refuges across the country are no longer deemed “safe”.

Some of the missing papers from the consulate are said to list names of Libyans who are working with Americans, putting them potentially at risk from extremist groups

Looks like the CIA will have to pretty much start from scratch all over again.

Other disturbing news is floating around that the Cairo ambassador was one of those anti gun types and did not allow the Marines guarding the embassy to carry any live ammo, holy smokes. The pentagon has recently come out and denied this (typical damage control) so who really knows? But they did admit that each individual ambassadors runs her little fiefdom as she sees fit;

The U.S. ambassador to any nation ultimately decides whether Marines are authorized to carry ammunition, according to a GOP national security adviser knowledgeable about American embassy protocols.

It now appears that arrests have been made, we’ll see.

I get that being president is a tough job, and I already gave him kudos in an earlier post for his 9/11 dedications that he attended, but it would appear reasonable to me, given what happened 11 years ago, and given that the Arab Spring has been a convoluted abortion with no score cards to tell us who the good guys are, it would be reasonable to put all ME embassies on high alert, sufficiently staffed with live ammo carrying Marines and contingency plans in place with the locals to send in the cavalry if needed. What happened here?

And just for fun, here is what Malkin thinks about this fiasco, you go, girl.