I take responsibility. I’m in charge of the State Department’s 60,000-plus people all over the world (at) 275 posts. The president and the vice president wouldn’t be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals. They’re the ones who weigh all of the threats and the risks and the needs and make a considered decision.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton • Saying that the buck stops at her feet, not the president’s, for the attack in Benghazi that led to the death of a U.S. ambassador. The State Department, and by extension the Obama administration, had faced criticism in recent days for not increasing security at the Benghazi base, despite the fact that it had been requested.
In Libya it’s only been a year and the idea of democracy and political parties is difficult for people to absorb. The people have not responded to this imported, packaged democracy. We don’t accept it. We have a religion that needs to be taken into accountAbdul Qader Azouz, former political prisoner in Libya • Expressing his, and many other eastern Libyans’, unhappiness with the state of the country one year after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. Azouz was one of the few survivors of a massacre, targeting prisoners that Gaddafi believed to be dangerous Islamic fundamentalists, that claimed the lives of more than 1,200 people. Many like Azouz, who fought or lost loved ones (in many cases, both) to Gaddafi before/during the Libyan revolution, feel as if yet another Western-backed government is being installed which will ignore and/or oppress the community in eastern Libyan cities like Derna. source
In the immediate aftermath, there was information that led us to assess that the attack began spontaneously following protests earlier that day at our embassy in Cairo…As we learned more about the attack, we revised our initial assessment to reflect new information indicating that it was a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists.Director of National Intelligence James Clapper re: the attack on the US consulate in Libya. Shortly after the incident, Obama’s UN ambassador Susan Rice said that the violence was “initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in Cairo.” In his statement, released yesterday, Clapper claims that the intelligence community’s “understanding of the event continues to evolve,” and while the official story is now that the attack was planned, “it remains unclear if any group or person exercised overall command and control of the attack, and if extremist group leaders directed their members to participate.” source
It was like pulling teeth to get information yesterday…a lot of senators were frustrated. And you pick up major newspapers in the country and you find details not shared with you.Senator Lindsey Graham • Voicing frustration within the Senate GOP caucus that the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal received more detailed briefing on the Libya attacks than did congress. Senator Bob Corker called it “the most useless, worthless briefing I have attended in a long time,” and John McCain accused the Obama administration of holding the Senate in “disdain.” The closed-door briefing in question presumably also included Senate Democrats, but none have made hay about it in the way Senate GOPers have.