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Classified cable: Benghazi consulate could not repel al Qaeda assault

Posted: November 1, 2012 - 4:20pm

Just five days remain before citizens of the United States head to the polls to elect a president, senators and representatives that will represented them in Washington, D.C. That means the current administration has just five days to reveal why it ignored the warnings that the consulate would fall to terrorists if a ‘coordinated attack’ were launched against the facility.

The administration has been reluctant to talk about the secret messages between Libya and the White House and State Department, hoping that Hurricane Sandy would divert attention away from the issue that has been dogging it since the attack and murder of Chris Stevens and consulate staff.

“... 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 Regional Security Officer (RSO), did not believe the consulate could be protected,” according to contents of the cable obtained by Fox News.

“‘RSO expressed concerns with the ability to defend post in the event of a coordinated attack due to limited manpower, security measures, weapons capabilities, host nation support, and the overall size of the compound,’” the cable reportedly said.

The content of the cable suggested that a deadly attack on the consulate on Sept. 11, 2012, was most likely coordinated by al Qaeda.

Why is understanding truth about this attack that killed our Ambassador Chris Stevens important in the grand scheme of things?

Full disclosure and transparency was the drum beat of this administration during its 2008 campaign. If members of the administration were simply too busy campaigning to address the deadly attacks, the country needs to know that prior to going to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

This was, after all, an attack on American soil. This brazen assault was as coordinated as 9/11. Yes, fewer people died. However, that’s not an easy sell to the families of those who were slaughtered in this attack.

Keith Hansen