The AP article on the Benghazi attack (“Benghazi attack was preventable, Senate panel says,” Jan. 16) was misleading. It stated, “The report also points at Ambassador Stevens, who twice refused an offer to reinstate a special operations team in Libya weeks before the Sept. 11, 2012, attack.”
While this statement is true, it’s taken out of context.
Stevens requested additional protection from the State Department, headed by Hillary Clinton, on several occasions:
Unarmed Libyans provided the security for Stevens and his staff.
After Stevens made his pleas to the State Department, the military offered to reinstate the team. Stevens’ chain of command was through the State Department not the military; it was the State Department’s job to protect him. He probably refused the offer from the military because it may have cast a bad light on his ambassadorship if he went around his boss.
The State Department, headed by Hillary Clinton, completely ignored Stevens’ pleas and warnings. The military, understanding the threat, offered to step in, but Stevens was too principled to step on any toes. He, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty paid the ultimate price due to incompetence run wild under Clinton’s watch.