Monday, November 5, 2012

Forewarning of Benghazi Attack

Hotair (last Friday) has a clip from a Fox News report indicating that the State Department had three hours forewarning of the attack. From Hotair's summary:
Remember how the White House insisted for more than a week that there was “no evidence” that the sacking of the Benghazi consulate was anything more than a spontaneous demonstration over a two-month-old YouTube video that “spun out of control”? Fox News this morning reports that cables from the consulate itself made clear that they expected an attack from local militia groups in the hours before the terrorist attack that claimed the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. They also told the State Department that they had reason to believe their local security was gathering intel for the attack[.]
If this is the case, then why wasn’t the FEST team ready to intervene? Actually, as Allahpundit noted last night, the military and CIA did have their teams ready. Now it appears that the State Department, at least, had three hours’ notice of radical Islamist activity in the city “gathering weapons and gathering steam,” plus a very big warning about consulate security being compromised. Yet while the attack took place, no one gave the order for a military intervention. Even hours into the attack, the White House didn’t go any farther than order an evacuation effort at the Benghazi airport.
Of course, this has been obvious since at least September 12, when reports surfaced that one of the dead consulate employees had told fellow online gamers that their own security was collecting intelligence on the compound (see my September 12 post on the subject).

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