Since the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi during the 11th anniversary of 9/11, and many conflicting reports about the circumstances surrounding this troubling incident.
Initially the US administration reported that the reason for the attack was the riots caused by a low budget YouTube video about the prophet of Islam Muhammad. Soon after, the US ambassador to the UN, Suzan Rice, concluded that the attack, which resulted in the death if the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, was a spontaneous attack in reaction to the YouTube video. Then, in response to media criticism, the administration changed its tone regarding the attack by declaring it to be a pre-planned terrorist attack carried out by Radical (Islamists) associated with Al Qaeda. However, the timing was too late for this clarification, since by then almost every news outlet has declared it to be a terror attack based on intelligence information. In addition, the Libyan president also denounced the attack and labeled it as a terrorist one based on the information gathered by the Libyan government.
Questions began to rise as to what did the administration know regarding this attack and the level of security on the ground to protect the ambassador and staff!
As a result, the tone shifted from spontaneous attack to a pre-planned one. Yet answers about the level of security remained obscured. At least, until Congress launched its house investigation on the matter and testimony under oath by Embassy security personal showed that the US State Dept. denied requests to beef up security at the Embassies in Libya despite reports of threats against the US ambassador.
During the 2012 VP debate, Vice President Biden indicated that the administration acted based on intelligence reports as they were being shared with them and made it clear that the administration was not told by the US Dept. there was an urgent need to beef up security.
All of this reveals a very sad reality. Either the US intelligence community is in a state of chaos, or the State Department and the Administration are not communicating well with one another. Either way, this is very troubling for various reasons:
• it sends the wrong message to the American people regarding the reliability of their national security.
• it also sends a chilling message to our US staff abroad that the US government is unable to protect them.
• it tells the radicals that the US is not prepared to defend its foreign establishments. A welcoming invitation to the terrorists to launch more deadly attacks.
• it also sends an indirect message to the radical Islamists that the US is not willing to denounce them or their ideology, at least, not immediately. Rather, a cover up is being constructed to avoid taking such direction.
All of these observations and more can only mean one hung to the radicals: they are winning big. Such reality can fuel their desires even more to launch other attacks, seeing that nothing will be done to them, at least not right away.
This is a serious national security dilemma that must be dealt with immediately and reversed by taking necessary actions against these radical Islamist killers to show them and the world that the US remains a powerful nation and no one can mess with the US and its people. Until such clear message is sent, more trouble can be expected.
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