The Guardian newspaper — which is not a conservative publication — has a superb article describing all three.
Event Staff at the US special mission in Benghazi woke on 11 September to the sight of a Libyan policeman, deployed to guard them, filming the compound from a neighbouring rooftop. When challenged, he vanished. Later, an unmarked car made lazy circles around the compound, a walled redoubt rented in the southern suburbs of the Libyan city.
US version The state department says there were no warning of impending attack, a spokesman insisting there was "nothing unusual during the day at all".
Conflicting evidence Two days earlier, the ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, had received a veiled warning. According to one of his cables, one of his diplomats had a meeting with two Islamist militia leaders in which they complained that the US was supporting a secular leader, Mahmoud Jibril, in a vote for prime minister due on 12 September. If Jibril won, they warned, they would "no longer guarantee security". The consulate was already relying on one of the militias, the February 17th Martyrs Brigade, for armed protection.
(Most Americans will automatically substitute "Obama administration version" for "US version" throughout the article.)
Here's Chris Stephen's conclusion.
One year after the killings, no suspects have appeared in court, either in Libya or in the US. Until that happens, and until the gap between claims made in the US and reality on the ground is explained, the American public will remain in the dark about the events of 11 September 2012 in Benghazi.
It is possible, perhaps even likely, that congressional hearings will shed some more light on these events, and it is possible that civil suits by those who think they were treated badly by the Obama administration will, too.
Sadly, almost none of our "mainstream" journalists have even tried to shed some light on those events, and the conflicts between what the Obama administration said happened, and what the evidence shows.
Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics
(Many have wondered what the CIA was doing in their Benghazi "facility". Most likely, operatives were trying to buy Russian anti-aircraft missiles.)Posted by Jim Miller at September 11, 2013 09:47 AM | Email This