McClenahan: Ambassador Stevens a real asset
October 25, 2012
Anyone who has ever attempted to learn Arabic can appreciate what an asset Ambassador Chris Stevens was to America’s diplomatic corps. His fluency in Arabic combined with his diplomatic expertise and willingness to serve in Libya made him an irreplaceable American.
Last week’s testimony of Eric Nordstrom and Lt. Col. Wood before the Congressional oversight committee regarding the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya, was disturbing to say the least. The explanations presented by the Obama Administration on national news programs, at the U.N., and in other venues have proven to be inadequate and even inaccurate. The five-hour terrorist attack in Benghazi was not preceded by a mob demonstration. Rather, it was preceded by security being withdrawn from Libya in August. This, coupled with the words from the ambassador’s diary regarding his concern for his personal safety, is an outrage!
Regarding the Benghazi attack, Lara Logan, the CBS correspondent who was raped during the “Arab spring” uprising in Egypt, made the following statements: “I don’t think politics should dictate national security policy” and “I don’t know a journalist who likes being lied to.”
The current administration is in denial. They seem to believe that the death of Bin Laden is equivalent to the crippling of al Qaida. The probable reason for President Obama’s and Vice President Biden’s being unaware of any security issues in Libya is that they skip 60 percent of the daily national security briefings!
This administration now has more blood on its hands. America lost border patrol agent Brian Terry due to the Fast and Furious debacle, and now we have lost four brave Americans due to the administration’s closing its ears to diplomatic pleas for additional security in Libya.
I don’t think an adequate explanation will be forthcoming because of the “damage control” this administration is foisting upon us. As Americans we should question this administration whether our foreign intelligence corps have the resources they need to investigate this attack in particular or to wage the larger fight against al-Qaida in Libya or across Africa.