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WashPost: Security at Libyan Consulate “Lax”

The Washington Post is reporting that security at the consulate in Benghazi was lax at the time of the attack on Sept. 11, that American officials underestimated the threat, and that they were warned about it.

From the article:

U.S. officials appear to have underestimated the threat facing both the ambassador and other Americans. They had not reinforced the American mission to meet strict safety standards for government buildings overseas. Nor had they posted a U.S. Marine detachment, as at other missions in high-threat regions.

A U.S. military team assigned to establish security at the new embassy in Tripoli, in a previously undisclosed detail, was never instructed to fortify the temporary hub in the east. Instead, a small local guard force was hired by a British private security firm as part of a contract worth less than half of what it costs to deploy a single U.S. soldier in Afghanistan for a year . . .

Days before the ambassador’s visit, a Libyan security official had warned an American diplomat that foreigners should keep a low profile in Benghazi because of growing threats. Other Westerners had fled the city, and the British had closed their consulate.

This is a growing crisis for the White House and one that finally appears to be getting the serious attention of the mainstream media. It may have an important impact on the campaign.

What’s more, it’s one of those stories in which details will continue to drip out for weeks. That is, it’s not going away before Election Day, and it undermines one of Obama’s key strengths – foreign policy.

26 Responses to WashPost: Security at Libyan Consulate “Lax”

  1. Obama saw the word Lax and thought the girls had a lacrosse game that day.

    How soon can we get BO & Joe out of the WH? I hope we have a country worth fighting for by the time we get to January 21, 2013. I live in fear that BO & Mooch will chain themselves to the columns at the house belonging to We The People, and they’ll have to be cut loose.

    • I saw the word Lax and thought “Exlax” – a direct reference to Obama’s foreign policy.

      Can you imagine..Bo & Mo in chains … ‘put y’all back in chains’ Biden will blame Romney and then President Romney can cut them “free”.

  2. So US presence in Benghazi was obviously a CIA post for controlling assets in the jihadi capital of the world. Possibly running them into Syria to do to Assad what they did to Gaddafi. Obama used AQ linked militants to topple Gaddafi then abandoned civil society to the bad guys. Libya weapons flow freely to the Sahel, disrupting Mali, and now to Syria. Assassination of US AMB was blowback for OBama’s dirty wars.

  3. I don’t believe a word WAPOS publishes unfortunately. There was a lot more than lax security in Benghazi, in my opinion. The two former SEALS who were killed were not part of the embassy security force. Being the brave fighting men they are, they ran to danger to assist the embassy workers. No, the security force was contracted out to some company fool enough to hire locals and agree to no live ammo. That was part of the low profile the regime wanted to keep in Libya.

    Obama’s foreign policy and rules of engagement have led to the deaths of increasing numbers of our military, and now these four innocent men. I don’t know how the people in this regime can sleep at night with the blood of American patriots on their hands.

    This man has to be voted out of office before he destroys America. I have confidence in my fellow Americans that we can defeat him…just don’t think the demagogue will go quietly and that scares the hell out of me.

    • You’re right about the WaPo. This story isn’t news, it’s part of the coverup for the incompetent foreign policy of our current administration and the State Department. This is meant to deflect the blame from where it belongs to some low-level functionary who was stupid enought to hire local talent to protect the very people they hate.

      They KNEW this was coming, they were warned that 9/11 was going to be a firestorm of protests and destruction. They lied about almost everything and tried to coverup with an incredible story of an obscure video that inflamed the followers of Islam.

  4. So: WaPo discovers news. Late, guys.
    Whaddaya think: will Univision finally bring some brass hmmms to the MSM? They/it (Univision) have/has an unfortunate habit of asking serious questions, and Ohfergod’ssake reporting “news”.
    Imagine being shown up by Mexico. Get used to it, dudes.

  5. So, Keith. Perhaps your MSM colleagues saw my comment about Hitler’s Enablers being tried, convicted and put to death?

    The judges’ reasoning being: without their assistance, Hitler could not have committed his crimes.

  6. Above and beyond the lapse of security that resulted in the murders of Ambassador Stevens and 3 others is the fact that Obama dared to put himself and his reputation above the Presidency. He then LIED to cover up his incompetence. He skipped intel briefings. Cowardice, Dereliction of Duty, and Treason – guilty on all counts. Where is the Special Prosecutor? Impeachment is in order.