A major new revelation in the 9/11/2012 Benghazi debacle: There were intelligence reports that a Libyan militia was gathering weapons and preparing for action three hours before the consulate attack began.
So we didn’t have seven hours to respond before the fight ended, we had ten hours. In fact, with Italy just two hours away, the military could have responded before the fight even began!
Why didn’t the administration respond? Certainly they had good reason for concern. Earlier that day, consulate personnel reported with concern that they had observed their own Libyan security photographing the consulate’s security, and the administration was fully aware that the consulate was vulnerable:
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.
Summarizing an Aug. 15 emergency meeting convened by the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Aug. 16 cable marked “SECRET” said that the State Department’s senior security officer, also known as the RSO, did not believe the consulate could be protected.