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October 03, 2012

In Libya, Press Doing Job Deemed "Too Dangerous" For Obama Administration

Lord knows we've been critical of the press in the past, but you've got to hand it to these folks - they're doing the job neither the Obama administration nor the FBI seem capable of handling:

At least one document found amid the clutter indicates that Americans at the mission were discussing the possibility of an attack in early September, just two days before the assault took place. The document is a memorandum dated Sept. 9 from the U.S. mission’s security office to the 17th February Martyrs Brigade, the Libyan-government-sanctioned militia that was guarding the compound, making plans for a “quick reaction force,” or QRF, that would provide security.

“In the event of an attack on the U.S. Mission,” the document states, “QRF will request additional support from the 17th February Martyrs Brigade.”

Other the documents detail — with names, photographs, phone numbers and other personal information — the Libyans contracted to provide security for the mission from a British-based private firm, Blue Mountain. Some of those Libyans say they now fear for their lives, and the State Department has said it shares concerns about their safety.

So let's get this straight: the Libyan embassy asked the Obama administration for more security and was denied. The FBI asked the Obama administration for a military security detail to provide perimeter security so they could investigate... and were denied.

The State Department fears for the safety of the Libyans we hired to provide security because we failed to protect sensitive documents containing their personal information before 9/11 (despite previous attacks and multiple warnings). Three weeks after the attack, that data is "only loosely secured" and visitors have "easy access to delicate details about American operations in Libya".

This administration seems bound and determined to turn James Mattis' famous maxim on its head. Under Obama, there's no better enemy, no worse friend than the United States.

We can't be trusted, and they certainly can't depend on us to protect even our own interests. Never mind theirs.

Who would want such a faithless, incompetent ally?

Posted by Cassandra at October 3, 2012 05:56 PM

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“Securing the site has obviously been a challenge,” said Mark Toner, deputy spokesman at the State Department

Send in a company of Marines. Are secure. Once all sensitive documents (what's left anyway) are collected didi mao the F out of Dodge. What's so difficult?

Posted by: Dan Irving at October 3, 2012 07:41 PM

It's been amusing for years that the actual good press coverage for domestic affairs has come from London.

See also recent coverage of that gun thing from Mexico.

But now the _Libyan_ press is doing a better job of informing us what goes where .. that's a laugh riot.


Posted by: Brian Dunbar at October 4, 2012 12:13 AM

Just pitiful and quite unforgivable. Looking forward to the foreign policy debate. Should be a cakewalk for Romney given the current state of affairs in the world. Seriously, is there a single country in the world that Obama where has improved our relationship? Maybe Hugo Chavez's Venezuela? But every other relationship has deteriorated under this President.

Posted by: TexasMom2012 at October 4, 2012 09:24 AM

Seriously, is there a single country in the world that Obama where has improved our relationship?

I'm sure the Japanese were quite taken with the bowing and the scraping before their Emperor.

Posted by: Brian Dunbar at October 4, 2012 01:15 PM