The NY Times avoids a rush to judgment with this cautious headline:
U.S. May Have Put Mistaken Faith in Libya Site’s Security
May have? Four Americans, including the Ambassador, are dead. Meanwhile, their crack team of investigative reporters drills down for the truth:
WASHINGTON — An effective response by newly trained Libyan security guards to a small bombing outside the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi in June may have led United States officials to underestimate the security threat to personnel there, according to counterterrorism and State Department officials, even as threat warnings grew in the weeks before the recent attack that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
June was OK so September will be better? What, is the State Department staffed by ineducable Mets fans?
The Sept. 11 attack culminated several weeks of growing violence against Western and other diplomatic posts in Benghazi. State Department officials said they were aware of the worsening climate and took precautions. One American official who worked in the mission said the Americans there were able to get around with “appropriate prudence.”
One American official, who said he traded e-mails with Mr. Stevens three days before his death, said the ambassador did not mention any heightened security concerns. CNN, however, has reported that Mr. Stevens did express such worries in a diary that one of the network’s correspondents found at the ransacked mission.
Hindsight is 20/20, but still - with deteriorating security and the 9/11 anniversary, Monday morning quarterbacks have a lot to work with.
The Times also provides a detailed account of the battle