Revisiting the Benghazi Tragedy
There's been a great deal of outrage on the right regarding the recent killing of four embassy personnel including the ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens. One point raised repeatedly was that there should have been more protection for American personnel. It later became evident that Hillary Clinton was also concerned and had asked for more funding to protect embassies at risk in certain parts of the world and Congress had voted against it. Are the people who expressed the most intense outrage over what happened aware that their vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan, voted AGAINST this added protection?
A further point is that, had this protection even been granted, the Marines would have had to be stationed inside the embassy in TRIPOLI, since the Libyans are extremely sensitive about American military personnel being stationed on their soil. The ambassador and the three other Americans killed were not inside the embassy but rather at the CONSULATE in Benghazi, which would not have been protected in any case. Chris Stevens had eight people guarding him personally but a consulate is a satellite station which in most countries has the function of aiding travelers who are in trouble, for instance, have lost their passports or been robbed or attacked, etc. The embassy in Tripoli is already guarded by Marines and is actually considered to be very secure. It's unfortunate that Mr. Stevens did not stay there, since surely he must have been made aware by the Libyan government of the unstable situation in regard to insurgents.
Furthermore, it is not inconceivable that the attack was at first thought to be in response to the anti-Islam movie since that is what caused the demonstrations in Egypt where the American flag was burned at the embassy there and the Egyptian flag put in its place shortly before the Libyan attack.
I wanted to revisit this incident since the abuse heaped on President Obama was so extreme, and the outrage so great that there was not further protection. Does the fact that one of their "chosen ones" (sorry, I couldn't resist) voted against that increased protection lessen that outrage to any degree? Apparently Mr. Ryan wasn't nearly as concerned at the "slaughter of Americans" as some of the posters on this forum, other than to make political hay from it, as did Mr. Romney immediately after this sad incident occurred.