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White House Situation Room seating and camera angles set. Draft media releases penned. Movie rights pending.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-10-03 08:34||
#2 A bit out-of-the-box, but I'll throw it out there anyway; was an unwitting Stevens and the poorly secured consulate in Benghazi used as bait ?
Posted by Besoeker 2012-10-03 08:46||
#3 Blowing operational security to telegraph an operation like this is stupid, unless the political need to appear to be doing something outweighs any need for the operation to be a success. Even then, it is still stupid.
Posted by Bunyip 2012-10-03 09:06||
#4 If drone zapping and dead bodies begin appearing before election day, perhaps we'll have the answer to at least one question.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-10-03 09:11||
#5 this should have been done on September 12th, when it was clear it was an AQ planned Op. Instead we got every asshole in the White House and Dept of State lying about a 14 minute trailer on the Net. Now it's ass-covering time and they blow it by telegraphing (as Bunyip noted) so the terrorists Media photographers can wait at Benghazi airport and document it for Obama's next movie
Posted by Frank G 2012-10-03 09:47||
#6 Yeah. because the FBI have developed so many leads, yannow...
Posted by mojo 2012-10-03 10:26||
#7 From yesterday's WaPo: BENGHAZI, Libya -- Three weeks after the attack that killed four Americans in this city, the investigation of its causes remains in its initial stages, with just a handful of suspects detained, the crime scenes minimally secured and Walid Faraj waiting for a phone call from someone, anyone, asking him what he saw on the night he was injured while protecting the U.S. diplomatic post here.
Faraj, a member of the militia that local officials tasked with securing Americans in Benghazi, said he saw the attack nearly from start to finish. But neither American nor Libyan investigators have paid him a visit, even as he fears that the perpetrators know who he is.
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 2012-10-03 12:09||
#8 There were 13 prior attacks on the embassy. Was intelligence not developed based on these attacks? It's almost like Obama, State, and intelligence agencies did not want to prevent further attacks. Bunyip makes a very good point. This WH has repeatedly blown operational security for any political gain that can be had. That is criminal.
Posted by JohnQC 2012-10-03 12:15||
#9 So why the big cover-up? Hillary goes on TV the next day and says "The bad guys got one past us. Sorry. It happens." and the story pretty much ends. All I can see is either: (1) Champ can't admit to making any mistake or (2) Champ personally screwed up in some way that hasn't come to light yet and probably won't until the second week of November or (3) there's something about the attack itself that can't stand scrutiny.
Posted by Matt 2012-10-03 12:25||
#10 I really, really do not like Obama. With all that, the process of hunting down and killing those responsible is one that must be done slowly, smoothly and in a processed order. They must investigate, they must determine beyond doubt who ordered it, who planned it, who executed it, and who funded it before we go out and kill a single person. We have the rest of "their" lives to hunt and kill them. From my perspective it seems to me that the Obama leadership is jumping too soon on that order, probably for political gain. While AQ seems to be involved, AQ might not have funded, coordinated, or planned it, merely executed it. We need to go slow on this, slow is smooth, smooth is accurate....
Posted by 49 Pan 2012-10-03 12:58||
#11 with FBI team feeling unsafe and crime scene not secured for several weeks ... say goodbye to important evidence. the birds have flown the coup. it will not be easy to pin down the details of this attack.
i've got no problem with your last sentence though. we also say - "slow is smooth, smooth is fast". But it works out both ways ... fast and accurate :-)
Posted by Raider 2012-10-03 13:17||
Posted by Angiting Snore1647 2012-10-03 13:20||
#13 Good reason to get rid of any big name salfist leaders in Libya.
Posted by Jack Gonque5772 2012-10-03 13:24||
#14 While AQ seems to be involved, AQ might not have funded, coordinated, or planned it, merely executed it.
Shades of the Sinai operation...
And yes - it will take time to figure out which intelligence outfit has the influence and the organization to pull that operation off.
Posted by Pappy 2012-10-03 14:04||
#15 Pappy's right. There are rumors of QUD involvment. I would hate to see the operators killed off before the link to higher is established.
Posted by 49 Pan 2012-10-03 14:36||
#16 When we got the warnings we should have pulled the ambassador out secretly and replaced him with a dozen Seals and a spooky gunship above.
Posted by rjschwarz 2012-10-03 14:51||
#17 Matt coulda been a nice blend of 2 and 3.
Posted by Shipman 2012-10-03 16:02||
#18 CSI --- Cold Case File.........*sigh*
Posted by Alaska Paul 2012-10-03 16:46||
#19 Lord Farquaad (original Shrek):
Some of you may die [for my re-election]! But that is a sacrifice *I* am willing to make!
Posted by CrazyFool 2012-10-03 18:18||