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Howie52
And no special precautions at the embassies in those uncivilized lands?

Blame?
Other than the "shame on us" for allowing our embassies to be undefended
on the anniversary - as always is on the rioters.
Murderers - and their supporters.


Apparantly he was in an compromised 'safe house'.

There is also an element of ironic justice - disguised in the preferred term 'blowback' - in the demise of Stevens, his hands aren't clean when it comes to recent events that destroyed Libya.

When, in the aftermath of the popular revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, Washington decided to seize upon demonstrations in Libya and promote a war for “regime change” as a means of bolstering its position in the region, Stevens was the man selected to become US envoy to the so-called rebels organized in the Benghazi-based National Transitional Council (NTC).

At the time, the State Department refused to make public his official biography. Photographs of him were also unavailable. Businessweek was one of the few publications to carry a profile of Washington’s “man in Benghazi.” It noted his previous research on social unrest in eastern Libya and quoted a former State Department colleague as saying that Stevens was “already familiar with some opposition members from his posting in Tripoli.”

This raises the obvious question as to what role Stevens and the US had in fomenting the armed conflict in Libya from its outset. Whatever the case, what was promoted to the public as a crusade for human rights and to save the lives of Libyan civilians was in reality a war of imperialist plunder whose main objectives were to establish hegemonic control over the North African country’s oil wealth at the expense particularly of Russia and China.

Once in Benghazi, beginning in April 2011, Stevens’ role was to coordinate funding, weapons and training for the “rebels,” while ensuring that the collection of exiles, ex-Gaddafi functionaries and Islamists in the NTC toed America’s line.

A central problem in this venture was, in the absence of a genuine mass revolutionary uprising, the organization of a fighting force able to follow up the murderous aerial bombardment by the US and its allies. The opportunistic solution was the utilization of forces tied to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and Al Qaeda in the Maghreb, who had both experience and motivation as fighters.


http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/sep2012/quie-s14.shtml

The article quotes Hilllary Clinton:

The war in Libya ended in October 2011 with the barbaric lynch-mob murder of Gaddafi. At the time, Secretary of State Clinton gloated over the former Libyan leader’s fate, laughingly declaring, “We came, we saw, he died.”

Speaking in the aftermath of Stevens’ killing Wednesday, Clinton declared, “How could this happen in a country we helped liberate in a city we helped save from destruction?” If the Secretary of State doesn’t know the answer to this question, she should have her head examined.

The same elements that she was lauding as “heroes” when they were sodomizing and lynching Gaddafi are the “savages” she and Obama now say must be “brought to justice.” No doubt, their desire to murder the ambassador was fueled by the conviction that the so-called “revolution” has brought them—not to mention the Libyan people—nothing.


That she asks the question beggars the question. Is she too stupid to be in the position of office she holds?

Although a warning shouldn't have been necessary for extra precautions to be taken, when given you would think somebody's ears would have pricked up:

Libya’s deputy interior minister, Wanis al-Sharif, tried to pin the blame on supporters of Gaddafi, but also suggested that the Americans were responsible for their own fate for not heeding previous warnings of attacks by Al-Qaeda. “It was necessary that they take precautions,” he told AFP. “It was their fault that they did not take the necessary precautions.”

The New York Times Wednesday cited U.S. officials as suggesting that the death of Stevens was not merely the accidental byproduct of spontaneous protest. “Indications suggest the possibility that an organized group had either been waiting for an opportunity to exploit like the protests over the video or perhaps even generated the protests as a cover for their attack,” the Times reported.

As many as 80 militiamen, armed with assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and 14.5mm anti-aircraft machine guns took part in the assault, a Libyan reporter told the BBC.


http://www.tehrantimes.com/middle-east/101414-us-sends-marin...

Michael Scheuer:

I'd never heard of him. Ex CIA, 20 years service.

He was interviewed on the BBC's pm programme Fiday evening with some interesting things to say, not the least of them being the feact that America hasn't won a war since 1945.
To which I might add, that war too could have been lost if Hitler hadn't opened the Northern Front.

Interview starts 11 minutes in and lasts 5 minutes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/b01ml0jh

More from Michael Scheuer:

http://non-intervention.com/

Where does the blame lay, Sam Bacile or the group he represents lit the fuse that set of the powder keg we created.
Beyond that is American failed imperialistic ambitions with a total disregard for the innocent civilian and military lives lost,

Re-calculate, do a U turn if possible!!

Regards

Tony
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