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.