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Ex-head of military team in Libya: security weak

Published: Wed, October 10, 2012 @ 2:17 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former head of a 16-member U.S. military team in Libya said Wednesday the consulate in Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed, never had the forces it needed to protect itself.

Lt. Col, Andrew Wood told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that U.S. security was so weak that in April, only one U.S. diplomatic security agent was stationed in Benghazi.

The committee hearing followed assertions Tuesday night by the State Department that it never concluded that the Sept. 11 attack stemmed from protests over an American-made video ridiculing Islam. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died in what the administration now says was a terrorist attack.

Asked about the administration's initial — and since retracted — explanation linking the violence to protests over the anti-Muslim video circulating on the Internet, one official said, "That was not our conclusion."

He called it a question for "others" to answer, without specifying. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter, and provided no evidence that might suggest a case of spontaneous violence or angry protests that went too far.

It was a top administration diplomatic official — U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice — who gave a series of interviews five days after the attack that wrongly described the attack as spontaneous.


1jeepers(127 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Please watch C-Span tonite for a rerun of the hearing about embassy attack on 9/11. Plenty of facts to soft thru. The current administration ignored information and declined to send additional security forces to protect the staff As I said in previous post the nite it happened, The president and Hillary Clinton DROPPED THE BALL on foreign policy. They are clueless and more idiotic than I thought. Even children old enough to remember the 9/11 attacks know that this date will always be a date of sadness for us that care about the United States of America.. It will always be a date for celebration and further attacks on our people by those terrorists who will always be against us. They are emboldened by each incident iin which our citizens are killed. Wake up Hillary, wake up obama, 9/11 will always be a date for increased vigilance in our assets throughout the world, and especially anywhere that tensions are already at a dangerous level. Our people asked for help-it was denied-they are now dead..I truly hope their souls will haunt those that decided they didnt warrant any help when asked for. That's called abandoning your own people for POLITICAL appearance. Well. your appearance now is one of incompetence/idiocy.

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2redeye1(5666 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

jeepers I too watched C-Span today Your post is GREAT and very TRUTHFUL.It just shows another reason to get rid of BO and his cronies.

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3Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Hey it was the GOP/TEA type who vote down more money to pay for it .
But I'm sure they will blame Obama

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4300(573 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I wish Democrats had acted this way after 9-11. Bush was responsible for thousands dead, and they should have nailed him for it rather than coming together as Americans.

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5walter_sobchak(2721 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

PUH-LEEZE! All we can learn about this incident from watching C-SPAN is that this is just one more bump in the road for the Obama foreign policy. It was obviously just a heated response to an idiotic video by a renegade preacher that disparaged the prophet Mohammed! Wouldn't most Catholics do the same if Jesus Christ was disparaged? The fact that all this happened on Sept. 11 is merely coincidence. Fortunately we now have a black muslim in the White House and the Islamic world will love us.

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6Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Just go crawl back under your rock

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7georgejeanie(1533 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

This so called Commandeer in Chief is getting people killed. He and his cronies must be defeated this November, He is getting our military people killed with his rules of engagement. His administration is one big lie.

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