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  •  I've been wondering about something, and maybe you (1+ / 0-)
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    kurt

    can tell me. (I write fiction. That's why I'm asking.)
    The Ambassador stayed at the consulate locked in a small room there where he suffocated. Why did he stay? Would there be things in a consulate that he'd be trying to protect? Things he'd want to destroy first, before anyone found them?
    Because it sounded like there was time for him to go. He sent the others away to the CIA safe house, but he stayed, right?

    Confession time: When I'm not ranting about politics, I write romance novels

    by teresahill on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:38:46 PM PST

    •  Answer is simple: we protect things of value (3+ / 0-)
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      If there was anything worthy of protection, it would be at the embassy where it could be protected 24/7 by US Marines.  There are rules regulating this.

      Are these rules always followed?  Probably not...  so who knows if there was something in the consulate that he was willing to give his life for.

      Without further details, trying to figure out why he made the decision to stay (if that really was a decision) is most likely speculation.  It could have been as simple as he missed the very narrow window to escape.  Perhaps he thought is would not be a sustained attack and the host country would own their responsibility to protect the embassy exterior.  There are times when that assumption is wrong.  See Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, and now, Benghazi

      •  That's what had me wondering, too. It wasn't (0+ / 0-)

        the embassy. It was the consulate.

        Oh, well. Thanks for speculating with me.

        Confession time: When I'm not ranting about politics, I write romance novels

        by teresahill on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 08:14:38 PM PST

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