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Official: No Marines in Libya at time of Benghazi attack
The Washington Times ^ | September 15, 2012 | Kristina Wong

Posted on 09/15/2012 1:46:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

No U.S. Marines were in Libya when protesters stormed a diplomatic mission in the eastern city of Benghazi and killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans late Tuesday, a senior Obama administration official said Saturday.

The official’s comments contradict earlier reports of a small Marine presence at State Department facilities in the North African nation.

The U.S. diplomatic compound breached Tuesday by Libyan protesters in Benghazi had a relatively light security posture compared to diplomatic facilities in other conflict zones.

Marines are guarding diplomatic facilities in Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen, Defense Press Secretary George Little told reporters Thursday.

“The State Department has the lead for embassy security around the world. Naturally, if they ask for our advice in given situations, we’ll offer it up, no question about it,” Mr. Little said in response to a question about who plans security at embassies and diplomatic facilities.

Part of the reason Marines were not stationed at the Benghazi compound is that it is not an embassy or consulate, but a “diplomatic mission,” officials said.

In some conflict zones, State Department officials work in buildings other than embassies or consulates in order to conduct “expeditionary diplomacy” — establishing an initial presence and building a relationship with locals, as in post-revolution Libya, officials said.

Senior administration officials described the facility in Benghazi as an “interim” one that the State Department had acquired before the fall of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, consisting of a main building and several ancillary buildings, as well as an annex farther away....

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; benghazi; christopherstevens; islam; libya; marinecorps; marines; muslims; obama
It just gets worse and worse as the news filters out.
1 posted on 09/15/2012 1:46:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No Marines? WTF? I bet the EPA had people there.

Please God, save us from Obama.

Amen


2 posted on 09/15/2012 1:53:18 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So was Hillary responsable for there not being Marines/protection at the Benghazi Embassy?


3 posted on 09/15/2012 1:54:08 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Parley Baer
So was Hillary responsable for there not being Marines/protection at the Benghazi Embassy?

Well The Buck always stops some distance from Obozo so Hillary would not be a bad choice.

4 posted on 09/15/2012 2:00:36 PM PDT by InterceptPoint (.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Something smells...

Homosexual diplomat, no Marines.

Boys? Drugs? What?


5 posted on 09/15/2012 2:12:14 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Parley Baer
“So was Hillary responsible for there not being Marines/protection at the Benghazi Embassy?”
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Your answer is right in the article: “The State Department has the lead for embassy security around the world.”

Until the Marine FAST arrived after the the assassination of Ambassador Stevens, there were no Marines assigned to embassy duty anywhere in Libya; including the embassy in Tripoli.

The responsibility for the decision and policy to use only contract personnel and local security to guard the embassy/consulate in Libya, despite all the diplo-speak double talk in the article, falls directly upon DoS ...and Secretary Clinton is at the top of that “food chain.”

6 posted on 09/15/2012 2:19:09 PM PDT by Ozymandias Ghost
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To: Parley Baer

She is the current Secretary of State, who else would be responsible? The US Marines don’t go where they feel like, they go where they are assigned, and it seems that the State Department didn’t ask for Marines in Libya.


7 posted on 09/15/2012 2:28:20 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Who in the world assigns a homosexual or female ambassador to a Mohammedan country?
8 posted on 09/15/2012 2:31:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder what crazy stuff Larry, Moe and Curly will come up with next? Who knew the Democrat party was nothing but clowns.


9 posted on 09/15/2012 2:34:58 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Something I read earlier today on FR said that the Marines were there, but had been disarmed.............


10 posted on 09/15/2012 2:39:27 PM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: basil

It turns out that those were probably civilian security guards.


11 posted on 09/15/2012 2:44:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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This is somehow better than having them there but refusing to arm them?


12 posted on 09/15/2012 2:49:03 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Has anyone else noticed the similarities of Moammar Gadhafi and Ambassador Stevens?
They both thought they were friends of Obama.


13 posted on 09/15/2012 2:49:03 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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The head swims trying to keep up with this.................


14 posted on 09/15/2012 3:01:04 PM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hillary should have been fired by now. She is too incompetent to be in charge of anything.


15 posted on 09/15/2012 3:02:43 PM PDT by pallis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Who in the world assigns a homosexual or female ambassador to a Mohammedan country?

Somebody intentionally trying to stir shiite? Isn't that what community 'organizers' do?

16 posted on 09/15/2012 3:07:21 PM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: basil

I read it was the Cairo embassy that disarmed their Marines . Bet they’re armed now .


17 posted on 09/15/2012 3:13:51 PM PDT by katykelly
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Who in the world assigns a homosexual or female ambassador to a Mohammedan country?"

Someone with the same mindset as the person who sent a pretty blonde Western reporter (Lara Logan) to cover the riots at Tarir Square.

18 posted on 09/15/2012 3:23:50 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Whose decision was it not to protect the U.S. Ambassador?


19 posted on 09/15/2012 5:36:38 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yet Valerie Jarrett on vacay in Martha’s Vineyard has a full complement of Secret Service officers.


20 posted on 09/15/2012 6:17:09 PM PDT by Mrs. P (Figures can lie, and liars can figure.)
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To: katykelly

You’re probably right—I’m easily confused these days-—Whichever, why on earth were they disarmed? That’s the question.....


21 posted on 09/15/2012 6:27:36 PM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: katykelly

You’re probably right—I’m easily confused these days-—Whichever, why on earth were they disarmed? That’s the question.....


22 posted on 09/15/2012 6:27:36 PM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: hadaclueonce

Well if they are not going to let them carry live ammo then they don’t need Marines there kinda defeats the purpose huh? Besides that why not find out if the Amassador in Lybia ever requested Marine guards or not. Some of these guys are real dumb asses you know, I mean the ammbassador in Egypt had Marines and she wouldn’t give them live ammo.


23 posted on 09/16/2012 10:21:59 AM PDT by Americanexpat (�It is going to get even worse now that the)
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To: pallis

You know she is goingn to run based on her state Deptment expierience and she will win. You know why? Because we have too many stupid people in the country who are still in love with the Clintons.


24 posted on 09/16/2012 10:24:44 AM PDT by Americanexpat (�It is going to get even worse now that the)
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