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  •  No, it isn't, an embassy and the reason for the... (3+ / 0-)
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    Satya1, Eyesbright, One Opinion

    Ambassador's presence in Benghazi, according to several different reports, apparently wasn't exactly diplomatic: "The U.S. effort in Benghazi was at its heart a CIA operation,"

    ...WSJ reports that the State Department presence in Benghazi "provided diplomatic cover" for the previously hidden CIA mission, which involved finding and repurchasing heavy weaponry looted from Libyan government arsenals....

    Stevens' last meeting on Sept. 11 was with Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin, and a source told Fox News that Stevens was in Benghazi "to negotiate a weapons transfer in an effort to get SA-7 missiles out of the hands of Libya-based extremists..."

    Given that most of the weapons going to hard-line jihadists in Syria are U.S.-made and are being handed out by the CIA, it's not a stretch to wonder if the CIA is indirectly arming Syrian rebels with heavy weapons as well...

    Since the Benghazi compound isn't an embassy, and since the mission was apparently a CIA covert mission under the guise of a diplomatic mission, it doesn't seem likely that they would have wanted a large highly visible US troop presence there attracting attention to them.  
    •  Thank you for this. I've been wondering when (2+ / 0-)
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      the whole story will come out.

      Probably never.

      "I believe more women should carry guns. I believe armed women will make the world a better place. Women need to come to think of themselves not as victims but as dangerous." Anna Pigeon

      by glorificus on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 06:39:55 PM PST

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      •  Since there are likely still CIA (and other)... (1+ / 0-)
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        covert operatives in Libya, etc. and since they could be in danger of harm from the Libyan rebels, as well as the Syrian government and their allies--IMHO, the details probably shouldn't be made public.  

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