Feinstein Blames Intelligence, State For Libya Debacle

Chucking them under the bus, or reality? We certainly know that the State Department screw the pooch royally, in that they wanted a low key security presence in Libya, and particularly the Benghazi Consulate, depending upon a local militia group, the February 17 Martyrs Brigade (which supposedly has links to the same group that attacked the Consulate, linked to al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood), for security, along with not only refusing to increase security when asked, but telling those who were asking to just stop asking

(CBS San Fran) he head of the U.S. Senate’s Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that it appeared an intelligence mistake along with inadequate security were to blame for the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya that claimed the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens, a Bay Area native, and three others.

“I can tell you this, I think we do know what happened now. There’s no question but that it was a terrorist attack, there is no question but that the security was inadequate and I think that there is no question that we need to work on our intelligence,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) during an exclusive interview with CBS 5.

As to intelligence, she’s not blaming the intelligence community per se for having inadequate intelligence pre-attack, she’s blaming them for putting “out some speaking points on the initial intelligence assessment.” In particular “the director of intelligence”. The question is, which one? What is needed is to have the intelligence agents in front of a Congressional panel, surely closed to the public, and get to the heart of the matter. What intelligence did they provide? Why would intelligence be providing “speaking points” rather than, you know, intelligence?

So, we know the State Department blew it big time pre-attack and post-attack. The question is, did the intelligence community blow it? Were the monitoring what was going on in Libya pre-attack? Even the news media knew that Benghazi was becoming increasingly dangerous to Westerners. We were told in the news that the eastern part of Libya was seeing increased jihadi groups going back to when Obama was using our air power against Libya. And, if they didn’t give stupid “speaking points”, will someone speak out against being constantly blamed?

Oh, and then there is this, as reported by Reuters this morning

The State Department’s decision to hire Blue Mountain Group to guard the ill-fated U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, entrusted security tasks to a little-known British company instead of the large firms it usually uses in overseas danger zones.

The contract was largely based on expediency, U.S. officials have said, since no one knew how long the temporary mission would remain in the Libyan city. The cradle of last year’s uprising that ended Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule, Benghazi has been plagued by rising violence in recent months.

Security practices at the diplomatic compound, where Blue Mountain guards patrolled with flashlights and batons instead of guns, have come under U.S. government scrutiny in the wake of the September 11 attack in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Why is Hillary Clinton still employed?

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4 Responses to “Feinstein Blames Intelligence, State For Libya Debacle”

  1. Dana says:

    Our esteemed host asked:

    Why is Hillary Clinton still employed?

    Because there is no way on God’s earth that President Obama could or would fire former President Clinton’s beloved wife three weeks before the election.

    One word from Bill Clinton, and President Obama is toast.

  2. True. Now, if she was really taking responsibility, she’d resign. But, Bill would have a fit.

  3. Phineas says:

    If Bill thought it would help her election chances in 2016 to resign, she’d be out in a flash.

    I’d be wary of taking Feiny’s* “speaking points” message (re: video and demonstration) with too much trust, however. While State deserves a lot of blame, this sounds like she may be attempting to cover for the WH by giving some credibility to Biden’s “we didn’t know” argument. More likely, some analyst raised that as one among many possibilities and the WH “brain trust” grabbed on to it as a lifeline and decided that was the message.

    *(She’s my senator, so I can call her that. 🙂 )

  4. Gumball_Brains says:

    yeah, state is being thrown under the bus. Granted am sure they take some of the blame (refusing extra security and choosing to buy $250,000 Volts instead of Marines). But, refusing to be take security calls… that’s solely on Obama.

    The whole administration needs to be held in contempt and impeached.

    We had an act of war committed against us, and these guys go to bed and lie to Americans.

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