Even as a media critic who is used to the routine bias that comes out of the mainstream media, the lack of coverage of Benghazi has been alarming. But thankfully Fox News is reporting the story. From "Exclusive: Classified cable warned consulate couldn't withstand 'coordinated attack'":
The U.S. Mission in Benghazi convened an “emergency meeting” less than a month before the assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, because Al Qaeda had training camps in Benghazi and the consulate could not defend against a “coordinated attack,” according to a classified cable reviewed by Fox News.
In addition to describing the security situation in Benghazi as “trending negatively,” the cable said explicitly that the mission would ask for more help. “In light of the uncertain security environment, US Mission Benghazi will submit specific requests to US Embassy Tripoli for additional physical security upgrades and staffing needs by separate cover.” ...While the administration’s public statements have suggested that the attack came without warning, the Aug. 16 cable seems to undercut those claims. It was a direct warning to the State Department that the Benghazi consulate was vulnerable to attack, that it could not be defended and that the presence of anti-U.S. militias and Al Qaeda was well-known to the U.S. intelligence community.
It is extremely difficult for me to understand why this isn't major news on every outlet. I follow someone on Twitter who is a hurricane expert. He calmly laid out the case explaining what the best case and worst case scenarios for Sandy would be. While the flooding in New York was quite bad, it was actually in between the best and worst case scenarios that the experts predicted. He told his followers to be wary of people who claimed "We couldn't have expected this."
Sure enough, as soon as it seemed that maybe Mayor Bloomberg should have spent less time on sodium and 16-oz. soda bans -- and more on emergency preparedness at city hospitals -- he began saying "There was no way we could have anticipated this."To read these Benghazi updates and realize that Ambassador Stevens knew precisely where the mission's weaknesses were and how they could be exploited, and that he explained the problems to those up the chain of command to no effect, is infuriating. I can't imagine how the family members of Stevens and the other men who died feel.The more that comes out about this story, the more it makes me suspicious. But at least we caught and jailed that YouTube guy who was responsible for all this, right?