First Romney, then the You Tube clip, now the Marines are to blame? The Obama administration‘s shifting claims on what took place in Benghazi, Libya on 9/11 became more defiant yesterday when unnamed officials suggested that no amount of security would have mattered in Libya, not even a detachment of US Marines.
This came on the same day the administration also admitted the assault was a terror attack not a protest gone wrong.
By contrast, the 9/11 attack was “a whole paradigm shift for which there was no prior intelligence and there was no context to put in related to what was going on.” In other words, we weren’t ready for an attack this big.
Perhaps to emphasize the scale of the attack, an official claimed that even if Marines had been on hand it might not have mattered “More guards, or even a Marine detachment, the officials maintained, could not have curbed the lethal attack.” Note that this is a quote from CNN, not a direct quote of the source, though they are clearly relating his words.
It’s insulting and dismissive to suggest US Marines couldn’t have made a difference. Reports suggest that as few as 20 and no more than 50 people were involved in the consulate attack. The problem was that we had 4-8 Libyan guards and just 5 US security people in a compound with no interior gate and no guard towers. And when we did send in a security detachment from Tripoli by helicopter that night reports suggest that they were able to fight off the attack and rescue remaining staff. It would not have taken many Marines to balance the scales and perhaps result in a very different outcome.
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