Thursday, November 1, 2012

Benghazi Files: The Evidence Mounts

Fox News is doing incredible work investigating the events leading up to, and on the night of, September 11 in Benghazi.  This piece by Catherine Herridge is no exception.

Honestly, it doesn't tell us anything we didn't already know, but at some point there has to be a critical mass of evidence that pushes this onto national headlines.  So far, the only national paper I know of that has covered Benghazi at all is the Washington Post, but even that coverage has problems.

That said, I think this is important to note.  It is important for two reasons- one, because it provides concrete proof that the State Department (and therefore Hillary Clinton) knew about the security threats to the Benghazi mission, and knew that it was woefully under-defended.  The second reason is that it proves what I said in my analysis of the already released Benghazi documents: however clinical and calm the words in official reports were, the Benghazi mission was doing the bureaucratic equivalent of getting on their desks and screaming to get more security.

I could say more, but the report sums it up quite well with this quote:
While the administration’s public statements have suggested that the attack came without warning, the Aug. 16 cable seems to undercut those claims. It was a direct warning to the State Department that the Benghazi consulate was vulnerable to attack, that it could not be defended and that the presence of anti-U.S. militias and Al Qaeda was well-known to the U.S. intelligence community.

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