Sunday, October 14, 2012

Benghazi a 'FUBAR'

[Stein-SpyTalk] "... "It’s just Fubar."
Fubar -- the timeless G.I. acronym for “Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition” -- indeed....
The point is that in such a chaotic situation, whether in Vietnam or Benghazi last month,  the Army--or in the present instance, the State Department and CIA--hastily assembles their priorities, and sometimes they don't work out very well.  Mistakes happen. When such mistakes are hauled into the glare of Washington publicity, they take on a very harsh caste.
There’s no doubt now that the State Department and the CIA knew about the terrorist threats to the Benghazi installations and performed miserably. The situation was compounded when Susan Rice, the Obama administration’s ambassador to the United Nations, put out a story that the attacks were the result of a spontaneous uprising provoked by an anti-Islam video. 
Critics immediately pounced on this alleged white-wash of events. But in my mind, it’s entirely possible that Ms. Rice was misled by the State Department, the White House, the CIA, or all of them. 
In any event, the administration’s problems were compounded by its shifting explanations of what happened in Benghazi and why.
Republicans fell all over themselves in their rush to exploit the tragedy for partisan advantage – a sorry spectacle in a season full of them.
Their star witness was Army Lieut. Col. Andrew Wood, the former head of the U.S. military mission in Libya, who testified that the State Department had rejected his request for more security.  I have no doubt he told the truth.
Heart rending--yes. Shocking? Not really, especially when some of the loudest critics of the tragic events in Benghazi where among those who had voted to cut the State Department’s budget again and again.... (Continue, here)

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