Administration Wrestles With Another Round of the Drone Wars in Africa

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 10:50 am

Today the US State Department pulled out all of their government personnel from Benghazi – essential personnel and non-essential alike. In the wake of the attack on the US consulate, they have determined the city too unsafe, even after residents drove militia groups operating in Benghazi from their bases. The FBI has still not reached [...]

Romney Camp Wants to Turn Benghazi Attack Into October Surprise

By: Monday October 1, 2012 12:37 pm

With the June, July, August and September surprises fizzled, the Romney campaign now must turn to an October surprise, and they think they’ve got one, which they’ve inexplicably previewed to a reporter (it’s not a surprise then). According to a highly reliable source, as Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama prepare for the first presidential [...]

US Intelligence: Benghazi Assault a Planned Terrorist Attack

By: Friday September 28, 2012 6:22 am

US intelligence agencies have officially described the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11 that killed four Americans as a planned terrorist attack carried out by militants friendly to Al Qaeda. That’s distinct from it being an Al Qaeda attack, though the decentralized (and also battered) nature of the organization means [...]

Romney Campaign Hits Obama Administration on Changing Story on Benghazi Attacks

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 1:36 pm

It’s fascinating how the economy became something that Mitt Romney’s campaign doesn’t always want to talk about in this election. I’ll leave the reasons for that to the horse-race analysts. But today found one of Romney’s top advisors pivoting to foreign policy, to condemn the Obama Administration for misleading the public on the attack on [...]

Libyan People Protest, Drive Militias Out of Major Cities

By: Monday September 24, 2012 7:34 am

The attack on the US consulate in Benghazi certainly revealed some level of instability in Libya. It showed the consequences of military intervention, putting guns into a country and inevitably seeing them funnel into the hands of extremists. And there is justifiable criticism of the new Libyan government as ineffective outside a very narrow band. [...]

Administration Official Terms Benghazi Assault on US Consulate a “Terrorist Attack”

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 8:59 am

An official with the National Counterterrorism Center officially described the September 11 assault on the US consulate in Benghazi, which killed four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, as a terrorist attack, though he hedged by saying it was an “unplanned” one. “I would say they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack,” said [...]

Libya, US Cannot Agree on Origins of Benghazi Attack

By: Monday September 17, 2012 9:47 am

Libyan authorities have now arrested over 50 suspects in the killings of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and 3 other Americans in what the Libyan interim assembly President has called a planned attack by Al Qaeda, affiliates and sympathizers. US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, however, contradicted this view, holding to the theory that [...]

US Sends Drones, Military, Intelligence Personnel to Libya, Amid Chaotic Time for New Democracy

By: Saturday September 15, 2012 11:43 am

As we learn more about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi on September 11, it becomes harder and harder to ignore the probability that the militants involved were retaliating for a drone strike that took out a top al-Qaeda leader who happened to be Libyan. Christopher Chivvis puts this in context. As details [...]

Embassy Protests in Arab Nations Continue, as New Information Emerges on Benghazi Attacks

By: Friday September 14, 2012 7:34 am

Protests and attacks continued at Western embassies across the Middle East and North Africa today, and at this point they have little relationship to the anti-Muslim film “The Innocence of Muslims.” A reporter for the Times of London asked protesters outside the US Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, yesterday if they watched the clip of the [...]

US Embassy in Yemen Site of Unrest, Joining Libya, Egypt

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 6:56 am

Given the mysteries of the Benghazi attacks on the US consulate (not an embassy, and not an entity that was guarded by Marines, apparently), I’m going to step lightly before attributing any Middle East incident to anything else in a direct through-line. But we do know that riots/protests/attacks are proliferating. Today they have spread to [...]

Benghazi Attacks May Have Been Pre-Planned

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 2:23 pm

To pull back from focusing on the Romney campaign, relative to the attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, we’re starting to learn more about the attacks themselves, and their significance inside Libya. More evidence has arisen suggesting these had nothing to do with a poorly produced movie insulting Islam. If anything, the movie [...]

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