Classy: Anonymous Officials Claim Chris Stevens Turned Down Enhanced Benghazi Security

Posted by on May 15, 2013 at 9:13 am

So easy to throw a dead man under the bus, huh?

U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who died with three other Americans in last year’s attack in Benghazi, turned down offers of additional security from military personnel on two occasions, according to a report released late Tuesday from McClatchy newspapers.

The report cites two anonymous government officials who said “the senior U.S. military official in the region” twice approached Stevens with the offer, and Stevens twice declined. The report does not say why Stevens would have declined the offer.

Guess he had it coming. Even if he did turn it down, this still doesn’t excuse Obama and Hillary Clinton’s negligence. But it speak volumes they’d be OK with anonymous sources trashing Stevens. Just disgusting.

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) called the revelation “odd.”

“That is odd to me because Stevens requested from the State Department additional security four times, and there was an 18-person special forces security team headed by Lt. Col. Wood that Gen. Ham signed off on that the State Department said no to,” he told McClatchy.

“The records are very clear that people on the ground in Libya made numerous requests for additional security that were either denied or only partially granted,” Graham said.

If these alleged sources want to tarnish Stevens, why not man up and testify before Congress?

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6 Responses to “Classy: Anonymous Officials Claim Chris Stevens Turned Down Enhanced Benghazi Security”

  1. Blue Hen on 15/15/13 at 9:32 am

    And this “report” wasn’t referenced until AFTER the whistleblowers came forward. And notice that they don’t cross reference this gag with how embassies are supposed to be protected. We’re talking about the US government. There are multiple procedures, steps and bureaucrats for everything. Was he even allowed to accept such an offer, or did he have to follow certain channels? How are embassies normally supported? What protocals exist for staffing ones in unstable areas, particularly ones that are enduring or have recently endured open conflict or civil war?

    I kinda doubt that they want to talk about such icky things, because we’ll find out that somebody wanted low key/low profile and got half-assed.

    We saw video and pictures of terrorists torturing the man and abusing his corpse. And now the government in whose service he died is doing the same. Kicking the corpse.

  2. holmes on 15/15/13 at 11:42 am

    This is entirely possible. Let’s not make Stevens a canonized Saint. I mean, he seemed like a good enough guy, I suppose, and dedicated to the United States, but he was a liberal who agreed with the Hillary Clinton approach. He thought they should maintain a low security profile and use locals to protect the consulate all in an effort to show how kumbaya the whole effort was. “We come in peace, simple native Libyans!” This worldview cost him his life but it did not have to cost others.

  3. Blue Hen on 15/15/13 at 12:38 pm

    This worldview cost him his life but it did not have to cost others.

    1. We don’t know that yet.
    2. It does NOT explain either “spontaneous mortar barrages” or the mighty mo video fetish.
    3. Even if he held this view, he couldn’t have held it alone. And if this view was shared, the ones still alive have a tremendous incentive to kick the corpse. Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Or in this case, a single parent.

  4. marcus t. cicero on 15/15/13 at 1:56 pm

    The gall of these traitors.~ I am so angry I can spit. How dare these pawns to smear the memory of Ambassador Stevens? Hell is not enough for these cretins…. mtc.

  5. Tuerqas on 24/24/13 at 8:49 am

    “This is entirely possible. Let’s not make Stevens a canonized Saint.”

    Blue hen is far more likely to be accurate. It is much more probable that if such offers were made it violated protocol to accept the offer. It is verified in writing that Stevens asked for additional security (and let’s not forget that lib legislation for gun control has always excluded Gov’t security forces), all we have is an anonymous source saying he denied offered help.

    If I remember right, most of the security forces in that region are provided by the host country and that is what Stevens was lacking. To keep a low profile, he would have wanted local forces and our Gov’t is the entity that would get those forces assigned, or denied.