Army Green Beret on Benghazi: “There was pressure to reduce the number of security people there”

Posted by on Oct 09, 2012 at 8:05 am

It may be a worthwhile exercise to see what story has more mentions in the lamestream media: Benghazi or Big Bird. It’ll say plenty about the media’s priorities. My money’s on Big Bird.

One of the men who was in charge of security for U.S. diplomats in Libya says he feared for their safety long before the attack last month on the consulate in Benghazi. Four Americans were killed in the attacks on the Libyan consulate, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

The concerned military security officer and Army green beret, Lt. Colonel Andrew Wood, will tell his story to Congress on Wednesday.

Wood first set foot in Libya last February to lead an elite, 16-man counterterrorism team. From the moment he arrived, he says he saw chaos.

“Shooting instances occurred, many instances involved the local security guard force that we were training,” he told CBS News. “Constantly, there were battles going on between militias, criminal activity and that became increasing danger as time went on as well.”

Wood met daily with Stevens to discuss security. He says the ambassador was concerned about security.

“He was constantly concerned about the threats to not just himself but the entire staff there,” Wood said.

Wood said that there was a visible security drawdown while he was in Libya. Pressure came from the higher headquarters at the State Department.

“It began shortly after I arrived,” he said. “There was pressure to reduce the number of security people there.”

Over the six months leading up to the attack on Stevens, Wood says the security situation in Libya deteriorated. There were 13 threats or attacks in Tripoli and Benghazi. Wood says Stevens and his staff made the case for tightened security in emails and diplomatic cables. But one by one lost three State Department security teams, their only airplane and, eventually, Woods’ squad too.

And yet for weeks the administration lied to the American people and pathetically blamed a video. We notice that line has ended and nobody talks about that video these days. But most of the media would rather ignore Benghazi instead of going after the folks who lied to our faces.

A sacrificial lamb will appear before Congress tomorrow, but where is the Secretary of State?

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