The U.S. has Rules of Engagement (ROE) for each country where we have a military presence. For Libya, Hillary Clinton signed them. Powerline is reporting the Marine Corps issued a statement saying Clinton “did not impose restrictions on weapons or weapons status,” but also said the ROE for Marines in Libya are classified. The Corps is quoted saying “no Marines are stationed at the Embassy in Tripoli or the Consulate in Benghazi.” All security was handled by contractors. NPR’s Leila Fadel quotes witnesses saying there was no protest at the compound – just a coordinated attack. The Libyan Deputy Interior Minister, Wanis al Sharef said it was “a sophisticated two-prong attack.”
Did the Military suggest to Clinton that we guard a US consulate with 30 Libyans outside and two Marines inside? Were there no provisions in Muslim countries for the 9/11 anniversary each year? Does our Military have any input about the use of Military anywhere in the world, in the time of Obama?
[Ret. Col. David] Hunt told Breitbart News that the new State Department Rules of Engagement for Libya, approved and signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton since the 2011 fall of Khadafi’s regime, severely compromised the safety and security of murdered Ambassador Stevens and all American diplomatic staff in Libya.
He also stated that the decision not to staff Benghazi with Marines was made by Secretary of State Clinton when she attached her signature to the State Department Rules of Engagement for Libya document. Breitbart News has subsequently learned that under those rules of engagement, Secretary Clinton prohibited Marines from providing security at any American diplomatic installation in Libya.
Hunt told Breitbart News that “the rules of engagement have been changing drastically over the last 10 years. . .
The Powerline article also says the Marine Corps confirmed that it is the State Department which decides where Marines are stationed for security details for Embassies and Consulates:
In the case of Tripoli, the Corps says there were discussions with the State Department about establishing a detachment at the embassy in Tripoli, a new embassy, some time in the next five years. That may seem like a long time, but for bureaucrats it is often considered ASAP.
Going back to Breitbart, Col. Hunt is continuing with the story that the Libyan security had weapons with no ammo. As I’ve said here before, I haven’t been able to confirm that. Maybe Hunt has. Nevertheless…
“It was the policy of the Obama administration to have a low profile in Libya. That’s why the rules of engagement were approved by the Secretary of State to have no Marines at Benghazi, and to have an American contractor hire Libyan nationals to provide security there. The rules were they couldn’t have ammunition.”
“Obama may not have known the details of the State Department Rules of Engagement for Libya, but his Chief of Staff and National Security Advisor would have. The Secretary of State absolutely would have.”
“The Department of State Security are the people in charge of diplomatic security. They enforce the rules of engagement, which are set at Clinton’s level at State. The Department of Defense was told we’re not going to have Marines at Benghazi. Whether it goes higher than the Secretary of State to the President, I don’t know.”
Hunt added that the rules of engagement specific to each country or military situation are drawn up by State Department lawyers and approved by the chain of command. “There should be a document with Hillary’s signature and the Secretary of Defense’s specific to Libya. It was signed after Khadafi fell from power. You’ll have to ask the State Department to get the document. They might claim it’s classified, but it shouldn’t be.”
“Militants staged a second attack on the safe house,” Leila reports. “Sharef said it may have been an infiltrator inside the Libyan security forces that tipped the militants off to the location of the safe house. He says this is the attack that killed the two unidentified Americans and wounded 14 others.” …“A lot of the witnesses that we’ve spoken to — neighbors, the son of the landlord, a Libyan guard who was wounded during the first part of the attack on Tuesday night — all say there was no protest at all,” Leila reports. “They say that it began as an organized attack on the consulate.”