something ain’t right, here
The functioning of this outfit is “less than optimal.”
(AP) – The CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of last month’s deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate that there was evidence it was carried out by militants, not a spontaneous mob upset about an American-made video ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, U.S. officials have told The Associated Press.
I’d like to emphasize this next sentence.
It is unclear who, if anyone, saw the cable outside the CIA at that point and how high up in the agency the information went.
Yet, on Saturday of that week, briefing points sent by the CIA to Congress said “demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault.”
The briefing points, obtained by the AP, added: “There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations” but did not mention eyewitness accounts that blamed militants alone.
They probably didn’t mention that “eyewitnesses” — people who live there — know exactly who and where “the miscreants” are. Wouldn’t you likely know about a large group of rather cranky militants living in a walled compound in your neighborhood?
Now congressional intelligence committees are demanding documents to show what the spy agencies knew and when, before, during and after the attacks.
Hillary Rodham Clinton blamed the “fog of war” for the early conflicting accounts.
To me©, it looks more like the fog of inter-agency squabbling and ‘leeeeders‘ who cannot get along sufficiently to get around to the job at hand.