Lighten up, IBD


on Aug. 8 Stevens signed a two-page cable that he titled “The Guns of August: Security in Eastern Libya.” In it, he noted a dangerous “security vacuum” had developed in and around Benghazi, symptoms of which were an attempted assassination of the British ambassador, two previous attacks on the consulate itself as well as attacks on the Red Cross. “Islamist extremists are able to attack the Red Cross with relative impunity,” he wrote. “What we have seen are not random crimes of opportunity, but rather targeted and discriminate attacks.” So not only did we know Benghazi was the target of a “targeted and discriminate” attack, but also we knew at least a month before. After the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was damaged by a bomb in June, Stevens reported that an Islamist group claimed credit for the attack and “described the attack as targeting the Christians supervising the management of the consulate.” Yet the Obama administration did nothing, not even provide a Marine security detachment that it provided our embassy in Barbados, where the greatest danger is a drunken tourist

IBD needs to lighten up. The administration was busy addressing the really important issues of our time like our carbon emissions.

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