The Washington Times reports that investigators into the events leading up to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three veterans at the consulate in Benghazi, Libya discovered that the State Department had reduced by two-thirds the security detail in Libya in the days prior to the September 11th attack despite the warnings that folks on the ground were sending to Washington regarding the deteriorating situation there.
The investigators have determined that between May and September, the department reduced the number of Mobile Security Deployment teams from three to one, thinning the potential U.S. security officers available to protect diplomats by at least twelve, the Washington Guardian has learned.
In addition, the lone remaining six-member Mobile Security Team in Libya at the time Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed was detailed primarily to training Libyan security officials rather than providing force protection to U.S. officials, the sources told the Washington Guardian.
That’s been my problem with this situation all along – not that there weren’t enough security people, but that they had reduced security despite pleas from the ambassador for beefing up security. Remember they also had military people on the ground there which they also withdrew in the weeks prior to the assault on the consulate.
It’s almost as if they were inviting an attack.