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BENGHAZI: What was Stevens doing there?

Letter by John Mills, Tacoma on May 15, 2013 at 12:36 pm with No Comments »
May 15, 2013 12:36 pm

Kathleen Parker says: “Why people decided to attack the American consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi is far less important than preventing another such attack in the future” (TNT, 5-14).

That’s about the stupidest thing I’ve read in print. How do you prevent attacks in the future if you don’t know why people are attacking?

The job of an Ambassador is to administer the Embassy, which assists with international trade and travel. Ambassadors don’t typically get killed in military operations.

When Christopher Stevens died, he was not at the American Embassy. That’s in Tripoli, and it didn’t have a security problem, being protected by its usual contingent of U.S. Marines.

Stevens was in Benghazi – over 600 miles away. He was at a small compound that, by all accounts, was run by the CIA. There were only a handful of State Department people there with Stevens – and no Marines.

If Stevens was on a golf vacation in Benghazi, or if he was scouting the port for Fed Ex, well, fine, but no one’s said that is the case. No one’s saying anything about what Stevens was doing at the CIA compound in the days and weeks leading up to his death.

Oddly, none of this is being discussed in the American media which reports as if this was a big event at the Embassy (in Tripoli) which it clearly was not.

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