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THEN WHY WERE AMERICANS LEFT IN HARM’S WAY?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 16, 2012) — In an interview with Fox News’s Wendell Goler, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has apparently admitted that the State Department was aware of “security breaches” and “problems throughout Libya” prior to the September 11 attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi which killed the ambassador and three other Americans.
Clinton had first blamed the violence on an amateur video which had depicted Muhammed in a negative light. Although it is now known that the intelligence community informed the Obama regime within 24 hours that a terrorist attack had occurred, Obama, Clinton and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice had continued to insist that the video was responsible.
Cables sent by U.S. embassy staff in Tripoli in the months prior to the attack indicated a volatile and increasingly-dangerous environment in Libya in the wake of the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime in March of last year.
Clinton appears to be “taking responsibility” for the tragedy in Benghazi when on Sunday she stated that the source of the misinformation about its cause came from the White House. Obama is preparing for the second presidential debate with Mitt Romney, which will take place at 9:00 p.m. this evening.
A new diplomat has been sent to Libya, although it is unclear if a new embassy will be established in Benghazi.
The regional security coordinator for American interests in Libya, Eric Nordstrom, testified that his requests for more security were not fulfilled or even responded to. Charlene Lamb, who vetoed Nordstrom’s requests, said, “We had the correct number of assets in Benghazi at the time for 9-11 for what had been agreed upon” in her testimony last Wednesday to the House Oversight Committee.
At last Thursday’s vice-presidential debate, Joe Biden had said “We weren’t told” that more security was needed in Libya, although it was unclear if he had been referring to the White House or the State Department headed by Clinton. Clinton has apparently clarified that the White House would not have been in charge of security deployments overseas.