Used to be we didn’t need permission. But now we grovel to anyone and everyone. Talk about looking weak and feckless.
FBI agents have still not been granted permission to visit the consulate building where the American ambassador to Libya was killed, three weeks after the attack by militants in the eastern city of Benghazi.
An FBI team was dispatched to Libya within days of the attack, in which three other Americans died. But they have been forced to remain in Tripoli as American and Libyan officials argue over the terms under which the two sides will co-operate in the investigation.
The consulate building itself and the accommodation annexe which also came under attack have been left largely unsecured.
“We are getting ready for the FBI team to go to Benghazi and meet with our team, start joint investigations”, the deputy foreign minister, Mohammed Abdel Aziz, said on Tuesday.
He had just met Elizabeth Jones, a US assistant secretary of state, sent to Tripoli to negotiate the issue. “We are now in the context of [granting] written permission,” he said.
Oh, in the context. That explains it now.