As the story of the Embassy facility, considered a “consulate” in Benghazi develops, it becomes more disturbing. When Obama went to bed on September 11th, he knew Ambassador Stevens was missing. He didn’t need the 3 am phone call Hillary Clinton famously declared he would not be able to handle when it came. He knew when he went to bed but didn’t take any action, other than an apology for offending Muslims. When Obana sent in Marines, and then only 50, to the unguarded facility in a volatile Muslim country, it was too late. The same day, American’s learned that al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, Abu Yahya al-Libi, had been killed in a drone strike – action that brought a bombing outside the same facility in June, said to be in retaliation for his death. The June bombing didn’t stir enough interest from the State Department or the White House to beef up security. Now media lapdogs and the Administration are still trying to plant blame on filmmakers for an anti-Islam film. See an UPDATE on the drone kill of Abu Yahya and how officials believe it is the catalyst for the Ambassador’s death here. See an update on rape report below. See an update below.
“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”
At some point in all of this, and frankly we do not know when, we believe that Ambassador Stevens got out of the building and was taken to a hospital in Benghazi, a senior administration official said. “We do not have any information what his condition was at that time.”
U.S. personnel did not see his body again until it was returned to the Benghazi airport around dawn. The official said the administration cannot say what the cause of death was — reports have ranged from smoke inhalation to an attack on his car — until an autopsy. Source Politico
It’s a guessing game. Someone is saying they think Stevens got out of the building and was taken to a hospital, but photos show him close to dead, and then likely dead while appearing to be dragged through a crowd. Congress and the State Department has known that our Embassies are woefully underfunded – while the State Department spent tens of billions on Climate Change around the world. Read it here.
UPDATE 9:12-12 9:45 am CDT: Last night I saw a report at I Own the World that an Arabic site was reporting that Ambassador Stevens had been raped before or after his death. This morning the Washington Times is saying the AFP has still not confirmed the report. Just an FYI.
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