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28

Dec

Months of investigation by The New York Times, centered on extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there and its context, turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault. The attack was led, instead, by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO’s extensive air power and logistics support during the uprising against Colonel Qaddafi. And contrary to claims by some members of Congress, it was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.

A fuller accounting of the attacks suggests lessons for the United States that go well beyond Libya. It shows the risks of expecting American aid in a time of desperation to buy durable loyalty, and the difficulty of discerning friends from allies of convenience in a culture shaped by decades of anti-Western sentiment. Both are challenges now hanging over the American involvement in Syria’s civil conflict.
Some tremendous reporting by David Kirkpatrick at the New York Times about the Benghazi attack, one which debunks a lot of the uproar and frothiness about the event. It’s an important and well-crafted read, and includes lots of important considerations for future security. (Like hurried conflation of international Al Qaeda scheming with localized radical groups…)

(Source: thepoliticalnotebook)

09

Oct

(via @AlArabiya_Eng)

(via @AlArabiya_Eng)

Not confirmed. (via @zaidbenjamin)

Not confirmed. (via @zaidbenjamin)

08

Oct

I assure you that Libyan citizens must be judged in Libya, that Libya doesn’t hand over its sons and any country facing this kind of situation would try to settle it wisely.
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan called the relationship between his country and the U.S. “important” and said it would not be affected by the unauthorized raid that captured a Libyan al-Qaeda suspect in Tripoli.

02

Sep

I think France is committed in a way that is worrying — Paris had strongly criticized the American intervention in Iraq in 2003, which proved to be a fiasco, and in Libya, President Sarkozy had made sure he had the U.N. backing. We are the only important Western country taking the U.S. side and that will lead to a certain misunderstanding in Arab opinion, a certain isolation within the European Union, and create tensions at the domestic level.

01

Aug

You have no idea the amount of pressure being brought to bear on anyone with knowledge of this operation.

CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya. Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret.

(Source: CNN)

02

Nov

You are misleading the American people because you want to make a political point… When I heard Charles Woods call the president of the United States a murderer and a liar, it broke my heart. How many parents of GI’s lost in conflicts that were screwed up have said of the president of the United States that he murdered my child? I love Charles Woods. I kissed him on television. But he is being led down a primrose path by misinformation that is making it look as if the president of the United States went gambling in Las Vegas when he could have been saving our people in Benghazi, and that is a lie!
Geraldo Rivera goes off script over his network’s coverage of the controversy surrounding the attack of the American embassy in Benghazi.

31

Oct

"When things are unfolding very, very quickly, it’s not always easy to know what is really going on on the ground. And to my mind, the really important questions here are about how information was collected. Did the various agencies really coordinate and share intelligence in the way that we had hoped, with the reforms that were made after 9/11?

So there’s a big picture to be examined here. But we don’t have all of the pieces, and I think it’s easy to try and jump to conclusions about what might have happened here. It’s probably better to let the relevant bodies do their work.”

— Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice

(Source: thinkprogress.org)

18

Oct

NYT - Suspect in Libya Attack, in Plain Sight, Scoffs at U.S.

Libya’s fledgling national army is a “national chicken,” Mr. Abu Khattala said, using an Arabic rhyme. Asked who should take responsibility for apprehending the mission’s attackers, he smirked at the idea that the weak Libyan government could possibly do it. And he accused the leaders of the United States of “playing with the emotions of the American people” and “using the consulate attack just to gather votes for their elections.”

16

Oct

You actually don’t get to criticize someone’s response to a tragedy when the first thing you did was hold a press conference to gain political points.