And now we are seeing exactly why it was that our Ambassador met the fate that he did.
The US Administration is now facing a crisis in Libya. Sensitive documents have gone missing from the consulate in Benghazi and the supposedly secret location of the "safe house" in the city, where the staff had retreated, came under sustained mortar attack. Other such refuges across the country are no longer deemed "safe".
Some of the missing papers from the consulate are said to list names of Libyans who are working with Americans, putting them potentially at risk from extremist groups, while some of the other documents are said to relate to oil contracts.
According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and "lockdown", under which movement is severely restricted.
This is what happens when leaders don't do their jobs. And word 'round the campfire is that the OinC is too busy to attend the daily intelligence briefing (not attended since September 5th). Anyone who votes to keep an administration in office like this one needs to be involuntarily committed to an institution.
And in the "learn something new everyday" category;
The U.S. ambassador to any nation ultimately decides whether Marines are authorized to carry ammunition, according to a GOP national security adviser knowledgeable about American embassy protocols.
“In the end, the ambassador of any country has the final call on what to do in a country,” the source said. “The buck stops with you. You make every decision.”
Each ambassador, in consultation with their Regional Security Officer (RSO), sets the policy regarding the rules of engagement, according to the adviser. The RSO is responsible for coordinating all security measures and reports directly to the ambassador in any given nation.
“A decision or order to set rules of engagement that you can’t carry live ammunition and can’t engage violent crowds climbing over your walls and tearing down your flag stems from direct orders from the Chief of Mission and possibly whoever the Chief of Mission reports to,” the source explained.
So, when I become King of the World for a day, this policy will be changed so that the most senior Marine NCO supervising the Embassy security detachment is now the one who will decide when the US Marines will carry live ammunition without consultation and separately from any decision the RSO makes. I bet that Senior Marine NCO is possibly in a position to know the "ground truth" and his promotions and career development are in an entirely different food chain from the wonks at DoS, and that NCO should have adequate control of his Marines to be able to decide and determine what exactly their needs for defense ought to be.
This is exactly the kind of non-leadership (or as the Occupant in Chief calls it "leading from behind") that leads us to what we are seeing today. I sense a disturbance in The Force that tells me that the Obumbler will suddenly try to use the Jedi Mind Trick to get us to believe that somehow the buck doesn't stop with him and that this is somehow the fault of yet another straw-man; or perhaps an actual man, who will be thrown quickly under the nearest bus.
And for those who don't remember their history class, or maybe you were absent that day, should do some Googling on what happened the last time the US Marines went to the shores of Tripoli.