Publicado el 11-02-2012
Could the Benghazi Tragedy
Have Been Prevented?
Much has been written and said since September 11th, about the al Qaeda attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where the American Ambassador and three more Americans died.
This Thursday, the CIA offered a briefing for reporters to refute information made public that the CIA’s chain of command had prevented that its personnel go aid the consulate when the attack began and that those who went had disobeyed orders. According to this new version, half a dozen CIA officers went from their base about a mile away to help and joined State Department security agents trying to rescue those who were trapped in the consulate and evacuate them to their base.
In spite of these new details there are still many unanswered questions surrounding this tragic event, including why the State Department did not increase security at the mission in spite of having received diplomatic and intelligence reports that indicated how bad the security situation was in Benghazi and the al Qaeda and other training camps in the country. An increase in security would have been more than logical on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
It has been said that the State Department and the FBI are continuing an exhaustive investigation of what happened and that in due time they will make their findings public.
No matter how we look at it, what happened possibly could have been prevented if the consulate in Benghazi, as well as the Embassy in Tripoli, had more American security personnel without using Libyan personnel for their protection.
Although ultimately the Obama Administration will publish its version of what really happened in Benghazi, this will not help at all the families of the four Americans who died there. They died like heroes, they will be awarded medals, but for their parents, wives, and children this is no consolation, although it might be considered a posthumous recognition.
The experience derived from this case should help prevent something similar from happening in the future.