“Preventable” seems like a bit of a stretch to me, but the latest Senate inquiry into the terrorist attack on American diplomatic personnel in Benghazi, Libya in 2011 suggests that both the State Department and U.S. intelligence assets failed to protect American assets.
What’s really noteworthy from this new report, however, is that these agencies are still failing to protect our assets on the ground in Benghazi.
Via WaPo, emphasis mine:
“The attacks were preventable, based on extensive intelligence reporting on the terrorist activity in Libya—to include prior threats and attacks against Western targets—and given the known security shortfalls at the U.S. Mission,” the panel said in a statement.
The report also notes, chillingly, that the FBI’s investigation into the attacks has been hampered inside Libya, and that 15 people “supporting the investigation or otherwise helpful to the United States” have since been killed in Benghazi. The report says it is unclear whether those killings were related to the investigation.