The State Department Fell Down on the Job

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on October 10, 2012

Read and weep:

Senior State Department officials acknowledged to Congress on Wednesday that they had turned down requests to send more U.S. military personnel to guard diplomatic facilities in Libya shortly before the Sept. 11 attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

But Charlene Lamb, deputy assistant secretary in charge of diplomatic security, argued that security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi was appropriate for known threats related to the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.

“We had the correct number of assets in Benghazi at the time of 9/11,” Lamb testified. She said the mission had five diplomatic security agents, plus several U.S.-trained Libyan guards and members of a local militia on standby, when the attack occurred.

Which I guess is why the attack was successfully repulsed without loss of life on our side.

Oh, wait. It wasn’t.

Can this be a campaign issue now? Because it really ought to be.

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