Obama admin denied requests for more Benghazi consulate security
American diplomats in Libya made repeated requests for increased security for the consulate in Benghazi and were turned down by the Obama administration, leaders of a House committee said Tuesday.
In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chairman Darrell Issa and Rep. Jason Chaffetz said their information came from "individuals with direct knowledge of events in Libya." Referring to the Sept. 11 attacks, the letter said, "It was clearly never, as administration officials once insisted, the result of a popular protest."
The committee letter listed a dozen incidents prior to Sept. 11 that Issa and Chaffetz said were indications of deteriorating security. The incidents included:
—Just weeks before the attacks, the unarmed Libyan guards at the consulate, employed by British contractor Blue Mountain Group, were warned by family members to quit their jobs because there were rumors of an impending attack.
—In April, a gun battle erupted about two miles from the consulate between an unidentified armed group and forces loyal to the transitional government. Also in April, two Libyans fired from a contractor providing security at the consulate threw a small explosive device over the consulate fence. There were no casualties.
—In June, a posting on a Facebook page mentioned Stevens' early morning runs around Tripoli along with members of his security detail. The page contained a threat against Stevens and a stock photo of him. Stevens stopped the runs for about a week, but then resumed.
—Also in June, assailants placed an explosive device on a gate of the U.S. consulate, which blew a hole in the security perimeter. That month, there was a daylight attack on a two-car convoy carrying the British ambassador to Libya.
The State Department has declined to answer questions about whether extra security was sought by officials in Benghazi ahead of the Sept. 11 attack.
Any involvement from Obami, would have required him to get off the GOLF Course. Just a couple weeks, till we retire Obami to the links. Regime change, it's required to get America moving forward, towards a balanced budget.
I am sure that beforehand, Obama had no direct knowledge of these requests. Hillary may not have, but should have. Again, people that Obama has put in charge of different operations have screwed up and will not be reprimanded or fired for their lack of performance. That would be admitting that he made a poor choice and would bring to light even more of his poor personnel choices and he can't have that, especially just prior to an election.
He won’t accept responsibility for his choices and blames the media or the conservatives for just working hard to make him look bad.
Obama is directly responsible. If he had attended the security briefings he would been aware of this situation and would have the opportunity to ask questions and give directives of how to handle this situation. Instead Obama routinely skips these meetings that he has a responsiblity to attend to keep informed of events concerning our national security, kind of important don't you think?