January 24, 2014

Stop blaming the dead guy [Darleen Click]

I’ve noticed the new talking points being pushed by the Left is blaming Ambassador Chris Stevens for his own death in Benghazi. How convenient

On Aug. 1, 2012, the day after I arrived in Tripoli, Chris invited me to a video conference with Africom to discuss changing the mission of the U.S. Special Forces from protecting the U.S. Embassy and its personnel to training Libyan forces. This change in mission would result in the transfer of authority over the unit in Tripoli from Chris to Gen. Ham. In other words, the special forces would report to the Defense Department, not State.

Chris wanted the decision postponed but could not say so directly. Chris had requested on July 9 by cable that Washington provide a minimum of 13 American security professionals for Libya over and above the diplomatic security complement of eight assigned to Tripoli and Benghazi. On July 11, the Defense Department, apparently in response to Chris’s request, offered to extend the special forces mission to protect the U.S. Embassy.

However, on July 13, State Department Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy refused the Defense Department offer and thus Chris’s July 9 request. His rationale was that Libyan guards would be hired to take over this responsibility. Because of Mr. Kennedy’s refusal, Chris had to use diplomatic language at the video conference, such as expressing “reservations” about the transfer of authority.

Chris’s concern was significant. Transferring authority would immediately strip the special forces team of its diplomatic immunity. Moreover, the U.S. had no status of forces agreement with Libya. He explained to Rear Adm. Charles J. Leidig that if a member of the special forces team used weapons to protect U.S. facilities, personnel or themselves, he would be subject to Libyan law. The law would be administered by judges appointed to the bench by Moammar Gadhafi or, worse, tribal judges. [...]

But soon after the Aug. 1 meeting, and as a complete surprise to us at the embassy, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed the order without Chris’s concurrence.

The SenateIntelligence Committee’s report accurately notes that on Aug. 6, after the transfer of authority, two special forces team members in a diplomatic vehicle were forced off the road in Tripoli and attacked. Only because of their courage, skills and training did they escape unharmed. But the incident highlighted the risks associated with having military personnel in Libya unprotected by diplomatic immunity or a status of forces agreement. As a result of this incident, Chris was forced to agree with Gen. Ham’s withdrawal of most of the special forces team from Tripoli until the Libyan government formally approved their new training mission and granted them diplomatic immunity.

Because Mr. Kennedy had refused to extend the special forces security mission, State Department protocol required Chris to decline Gen. Ham’s two offers to do so, which were made after Aug. 6. I have found the reporting of these so-called offers strange, since my recollection of events is that after the Aug. 6 incident, Gen. Ham wanted to withdraw the entire special forces team from Tripoli until they had Libyan government approval of their new mission and the diplomatic immunity necessary to perform their mission safely. However, Chris convinced Gen. Ham to leave six members of the team in Tripoli.

Hillary’s State Department put Chris Stevens in the untenable position of trying to protect both his own personnel and the special forces he needed.

But…but…but… Chris Stevens is to blame for his own death!!!!!11! Cuz Republicans!

And it’s teabagging Hobbits that are unable to grasp more than one fact at a time.

Posted by Darleen @ 7:46am
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Comments (12)

  1. - …And because Climate Change!!11eleventy! – What can’t it do?

    – Now its threatening the golden ad revenue gods and even the #Super-duperBowl is not safe!

  2. I blame racism.

    Is there anything it can’t do?

  3. I blame the people who allow these idiots to have no personal accountability for their blunders, mistakes, errors, schemes, lies, even crimes, while their opponents are presumed to have total automatic accountability for even imaginary things and bizarre lies. This is bullshit. Why are people swallowing it? The country is being “led” by dumb, crooked, child like, loonies with loaded guns and no sense of consequences.

  4. This is speculation without all the relevant facts.
    To wit: why was the CIA present in Benghazi? Does that have something to do with why security was at first removed, then when the SHTF, why military support was denied?

    The cover stories are all laughable at this point, even if you discount that they came from PROVEN liars.

  5. Give credit where it is due, it was Senator Graham who said, “Stop blaming the dead guy.”

  6. Well BBH, they decided what with the world already burning to a cinder before our eyes (Can’t you see it? It’s right there behind the snowdrifts and under the advancing ice sheets!), it was safe to assume the first Sunday in February would be palm trees and bikinis in the NYC metro area.

    After all, they had a hurricane! That proves it’s a tropical place!

  7. First order of business if Republicans retake the Senate should be REAL investigations into all the administration’s scandals.

    Starting with interviewing the Benghazi survivors, preferably publicly.

  8. Americans and their usually less than fatal incompetence become an extremely lethal menace to others as well as themselves whenever they muck about in the middle east north africa neighborhood

  9. It’s not necessarily wrong to be a lethal menace, if it’s on purpose.

    This maladministration, on the other hand…

  10. ‘Forward, the Behind-Lead!’
    Was there a man dismay’d?
    Not tho’ the envoys knew
    Someone had blunder’d:
    Theirs not to make reply,
    Theirs not to reason why,
    Theirs but to do and die:
    Into Benghazi Death
    Rode the six

  11. Oh, so that’s what “smart diplomacy” looks like – leaving your diplomats AND special forces out to dry, hiding while they’re under attack, and then finally blaming them (and some stupid video) after the dust settles.
    Somebody give that woman a presidency!

  12. Somebody probably will.

    And that somebody is Chris Christie.

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