Politico: Ambassador Stevens killed at Consulate with no Marines protecting it

Normally our embassies around the world are staffed with Marines to protect them. But the consulate in Libya, considered an ‘interim facility’ was completely unguarded:

POLITICO – The consulate where the American ambassador to Libya was killed on Tuesday is an “interim facility” not protected by the contingent of Marines that safeguards embassies, POLITICO has learned.

Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed with three other Americans in an attack on the U.S. consulate in the city of Benghazi, where Libyan rebels ousted strongman Moammar Qadhafi last year.

Marine Corps spokeswoman Capt. Kendra Motz said that Marines were not posted to the consulate, unlike the embassy in the capital, Tripoli.

A defense official told POLITICO on Wednesday that the Pentagon is sending an elite team of about 50 additional Marines, called a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team, to reinforce the embassy.

A senior administration official Wednesday called the Benghazi consulate “an interim facility,” which the State Department began using “before the fall of Qadhafi.” It was staffed Tuesday by Libyan and State Department security officers. The consulate came under fire from heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades at about 10 p.m. local time on Tuesday. By the time the attack ended several hours later, four Americans were dead and three others had been injured.

The Benghazi consulate had “lock-and-key” security, not the same level of defenses as a formal embassy, an intelligence source told POLITICO. That means it had no bulletproof glass, reinforced doors or other features common to embassies. The intelligence source contrasted it with the American embassy in Cairo, Egypt – “a permanent facility, which is a lot easier to defend.” The Cairo embassy also was attacked Tuesday.

Obama sent 50 Marines to Libya today to staff our consulate there. It’s a shame it took the death of our Ambassador and three of his staff members to make that happen.

Why isn’t the press asking Obama about this? Oh I forgot, they’re still obsessed with the timing of Romney’s criticism. Yeah, that’s a bigger issue.

UPDATE: Just to make the point a little finer, Levin wonders why Obama didn’t “beef up” the staffing at our embassies around the world simply because it was the anniversary of 9/11. He wants the press to ask Obama about that.

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  • sDee

    hey, its the Religion of Peace in the land of the Arab Spring. Rainbows and unicorns.

    • Yeah, that is the macho psycho women-hating rapist religion

      • And don’t forget pedophilia. Nobody “Like” this comment please. It’s just too sad.

    • Hey, they are only doing as their “good” book tells them.

    • keyesforpres

      Don’t forget camel farts.

  • This stinks to high heaven. If there is not enough protection for the ambassador and his staff, don’t occupy the facility. It is obvious that the murdering Islamist savages who killed Ambassador Stevens and the others were given information where they were and which route they were taking to get the heck out of Dodge.

  • Islam_Sucks

    Is this the part where Les Aspen decided we didn’t need tanks in Mogadishu because it might escalate the situation?

    And with history as prologue …..

  • What in Allah’s name should any person fear the RELIGION OF PEACE??? Heck we need no Marines in the Middle East!! The Muslim Brotherhood will protect everyone!

  • Sandra123456

    Why would they not secure even an interim facility in that part of the world as best they could?

    Total incompetence? Locks and keys are no security in that part of the world.

  • I’d say I’m shocked and amazed, but really, why is this a surprise to anyone? I AM appaled at the fact that there was no security detail there and most likely nobody will be held accountable. How was this multinational coordinated attack not noticed? No blips on the radar? Then again, since Obama hasn’t seen 40% of his security briefings because he’s too busy out doing his second job (campaingning), he can’t do his first job. It truly is dereliction of duty to say you know soooo much about foreign policy and allow a multi-national US embassy strike to occur. With all due respect Mr. Empty Suit, your choices lately to campaign over important events is neglegent at best.

    I hope the families of the victims can find peace and I offer my hearfelt condolences. This should NOT happen to our good people overseas, and to have the answer of “yeah, well, we’re sorry we have free speech” is a pathetic excuse for leadership.

    • donmoffet

      Excellent comment symo. In my opinion you nailed Obama’s priorities exactly.

  • This administration is so inept it defies description. The media complicity is so blatant it is beyond scary. It sometimes feels to me like I am in a Twilight Zone episode.

    • StrangernFiction

      So inept that it almost seems like they are doing it on purpose doesn’t it?

      • keyesforpres

        Without a doubt.

  • WordsFailMe

    After the Muslims and the other Libyan dogs finish with the corpse, they should bring it back and put it in the lobby of the State Department, right below the foul visage of the hag Clinton.

    That way all future members of the “diplomatic community” will know exactly what stupid looks like.

    I hated to say that.

    • Boris_Badenoff

      You said it well.

  • This adminstration handling of the middle east has been an absolute disaster. The failings of today will come back and hurt future generations who will need to fight and die facing this new enemy.

    More young lives will be lost.

    • p m

      I’m afraid that for this administration, it is not a disaster, it is precisely what zero has been working towards all his misbegotten life. He hates America, and for him this is all going to plan. He is a terrorist himself, so no wonder he won’t fight terror.

      • sDee

        I do not, p m, understand why more do see that this is the way obama thinks – his perspective on the world.

        I have no doubt there was twinkle in his eye and a grin cracked at the edge of his mouth when he heard this. No doubt.

        • Blind devotion to El Presidente? Perhaps they choose to be misled? Maybe some of them are heavily of the influence of certain kinds of drugs? Forward? Hope and change? Yes we can? There are so many who will reelect El Presidente no matter what he does or doesn’t do or say.

          • p m

            I think we’ll find that we are so many, many more, God willing.

        • StrangernFiction

          People believe what they want to believe, and believing that Marxists control DC is just too much for folks to swallow.

  • Slickfoot

    You watch, these craven A$$holes will somehow make it the fault of the Marine Corps… This is the fruit of the ‘Unclenched Fist, or courageous restraint crap’.

  • Boris_Badenoff

    The bodies are hardly even cold and obama is out in Vegas campaigning..

    SO you tell me, where his priorities lie…

    • p m

      …they appear to lie with Letterman too. Any excuse not to meet with Bibi, carry out his oath of office, do the job.

      • conservocop

        Perhaps Letterman should have been appointed the ambassador to Libyia.

    • Figuratively speaking, he’s at the craps table, jacket off, sleeves rolled up, sweat stains down to his waistband, cigarette dangling from his lips, gold watch, wedding ring, pink slip, and deed to his house on the line, dice rattling in his sweaty fist, yelling “LET IT RIDE!”….

  • stage9

    If you’re establishing an embassy in a hostile environment shouldn’t security be paramount to begin with?

    • Sandra123456

      yea, like duh, dude. Too much choom.

      • Or too many ‘shrooms.

    • Orangeone

      Why would we have an embassy in terrorist nations?

      • This is where “reaching across the aisle” comes in.

        • Orangeone

          Perhaps we could ensure the Demorats from the Senate are sent over next to occupy the embassy.  Perhaps they could bring along some OWS idiots with them.

          • stage9

            NO, because they would actually help the islamists…You can’t send terrorists to depose terrorists.

            • keyesforpres

              I think the plan was for their terrorists to despose of our terrorists.

            • Orangeone

              But the Dems are as cowardly as the RINOs so I think they would make good shields for our military….They need to reap what they sew.  They gave O’Bambi our money to give to these terrorist nations and now it is time they paid the price with their lives rather than our proud and brave military men and women.

          • LOL

      • p m

        Because zero is a sponsor of terrorism. We have even more proof after yesterday.

        Plus: $1.5 Billion ‘gift’ by EO, $1 Billion ‘forgiven’ debt,
        zero pushing for an IMF support package of $4.5 Billion.

        That’s just what we know about for now. Wait til he’s gone and we’ll see where Bernanke’s been sending the money, and how much in stimulus funds stimulated the Muslim Brotherhood.

        • We might have to find out the hard way just how treasonous and villainous El Presidente and his useless band of idiots were. They basically have handed the knives to the murderers to cut our throats, so to speak. After Prez O is out of office, he and his henchmen will not be punished for their many misdeeds. The only ones who are being punished are the American people. Romney will have a lot of damage to repair and picking up of pieces to do.

    • You would think. However, El Presidente and his henchmen have proven themselves to be short on grey matter.

  • chatterbox365

    Unbelievable! Any reservations I had about voting for Romney are now out the window. We need to get this POS and his pack of rats out of the WH!

    • poljunkie

      I agree. He wasn’t my first choice, but he has my support and my those in my immediate family who vote.

  • bayway48

    So the King of America takes off to Las Vegas after sniping at Romney for making a statement regarding the WH and the State Department’s lame apology to murderers. Murderers that he put in charge in Libya! He gets a big cushion from Steve Kroft to explain his empty apology and actions and therefore the big stage of CBS to undermine Romney’s statements, basically calling him “irresponsible.” Ladies and Gentlemen, you know what this is, don’t you? A free political ad for his re-election, with CBS and the rests “stamp of approval.” With the press setting Romney up passing around scripted questions, Plouffe and Cutter giving him a firewall by tearing down Romney throughout the day, and now “showing” action by sending marines, who should have already been there, plus sending naval ships to the area and pizzaz….we have King Backbone! No…we have a smart decieving coward, who cares nothing about a dead Ambassador or those same murderers parading his body through the street, so he can get another bounce in the polls. Politico is already spreading the narrative that Romney is pulling out of Michigan and needs some new kind of momentum. In my opinion, this stinks worse than donkey puke with chicken turds melting in rotting cow brain cheese! A dead man for re-election. Wow! Again, I ask….I am living in The United States of America, right?

  • DocBarry1

    Absolutely, I was making the same point yesterday and today

    I hope that Mark discusses this with Romney/Ryan

  • bayway48

    Left this little tidbit out…prepare yourself for an Obama bounce in the polls by the weekend. That is when they like to do this. It makes for 48 hours of pure hell for us as they cook up the next plan. I will eat crow if this does not happen. All I ask for is a little honey ranch for dipping.

  • MaxineCA

    You guys should check out this article from today. Evidently we’ve know for quite a long time that Benghazi was not secure. There are also many others that are not secure. Geez…. using contractors when we have highly trained marines that can step in and do the job? From the Washington Guardian:


  • Sober_Thinking

    Those people were needlessly killed… Obama is responsible. He encouraged those savages to overthrow their government, he sent them money, he didn’t protect our embassy, which is behind enemy lines.

    • Orangeone

      One minor correct if it’s okay with you. He sent them US taxpayer money.

      • Indeed. We are paying those scumbags for killing our own. Ambassador Stevens was assisting the new regime in Libya with their transition process after overthrowing Gaddafi. ( http://www.bayoubuzz.com/politics/us-politics/item/85340-slain-ambassador-stevens-helped-nurture-libyan-democracy ) Now we see the thanks he got.

        • Orangeone

          The country was safer with Gaddafi in power.

          • As much as I despised Gaddafi, I would have to agree. Instead of having only one murdering thug to contend with, El Presidente has now managed to enable a whole pack of murdering thugs and bloodthirsty savages in the Muslim Brotherhood and the gift that keeps on giving, Al Qaeda. All made possible by no declaration of war under the guise of partnering with NATO. More hypocrisy from the left.

      • Sober_Thinking

        You are right. Man I’m so stinking mad right now…

  • Spartan4Palin

    Where were the two Marines stationed when they came to secure the Ambassador when the compound was surrounded?


    In all the places NOT to have security? Who the hell dropped the ball on this?

    If this utter failure of a president isn’t re-elected, do the Dems seriously think that Hillary could be their next candidate? Not only is she a water-carrier for the current clown in chief! But based on her reactions and her responsibility dealing with this fiasco, she is the last person to be trotting out as leadership material for their party!!! Not only that, she’s connected at the hip with a Muslim Brotherhood accolite!

    • MaxineCA

      Great minds think alike, as they say. I posted that Washington Guardian article earlier. I was absolutely stunned and angry reading it. I mean really? Funding is their excuse for more “contractors”, when we already have well trained Marines on the payroll? We have been giving billions of OUR dollars (and borrowed dollars) to countries that hate us, but we can’t find a way to protect our embassies?

      I swear, it gets worse each day the dear leader and his clan are in DC.

  • Typical Obama. He is closing the barn door after the cow got out.

    He should be prosecuted for this.

  • Stehekin912

    Embassy in a war torn nation in a war torn region. Interim or not, should have had protection. Even I can figure that out.

  • Orangeone

    So O’Bambi sends 50 Marines to fight off more than 1,000 terrorists? Yeah, bet he went through the voting registration to find 100% Republicans to better his re-election chances.

    • KenInMontana

      50 Marines are more than a match for 1000 terrorists.

      Don’t be dissing my beloved Corps.

      • Right on! In mean, “Oorah!”

      • Orangeone

        I love the Corps, lost a half-brother in the Corps in Vietnam.  O’Bambi does not propery arm our military or border patrol agents.  We need full force and effect in these Muslim countries and simply level them.

  • Orangeone

    Time to draft O’Bambi’s daughters and send them to Libya, Burkas and all. Let them plead for peace on behalf of their daddy (or is he?)

  • Here is a theory. In the minds of Obamy and Hilary, they felt this was a kindler gentler country now. We helped them throw out Kadafi so they must love us right. So to not offend the locals they purposely did not put Marines in charge of security. Marines are bad evil men who offend and kill. Bleechhh! We don’t want them around! Yeah right. Now you know personally how evil the locals are. This is exactly why you want a bad ass United States Marine standing at the gate! Marines have but one purpose and that is to kill. They don’t serve happy meals and bandage boo boos. Had they been on station this would not have happened! Period!

  • Army_Pilot1967

    Too little, too late on sending our Marines to the interim consulate. Seems that it would have been appropriate to anticipate violence from muslims around the world on September 11th and to increase security as necessary prior to that date. No Westerners are safe in any muslim country….’nuff said.

    • Too little, too late my ass! This is flat out fixing the damned barn door, after the damned horse is GONE! Because Obama was TOO STUPID to have a Marine Security Forces Regiment element ON SITE, BEFORE THE STAFF ARRIVED, people are now DEAD. IMPEACH that son of a bitch!

  • Impeach Obama!

  • Theconservativechic

    When I saw the pictures on drudge of the late Stevens and my heart just sank with sadness. My heartfelt condolences to their families & friends. I pray and pray they’re with Jesus. I do. No ONE deserved to die like that. No ONE!

    Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

  • sue-marie

    Had Obama bothered to take his briefings which he had not for over a week…he would have known there was intelligence chatter about 9/11 threats. This is why Obama did not beef up security….he is too busy campaigning to be bothered being President. This is his fault…no doubt about it!

  • anyonebutbarry2012

    clinton and barry have bl ood on their hands.

    nov 6th vote these people out !!

  • hbnolikeee

    So let’s see. We help overthrow the regime in Libya. We help get Qadhafi iced. I’m betting that the poor Ambassador would be alive today if we didn’t FIX things.

    • That would have been the case. Sadly for the Ambassador, reality came into play.

  • hongryhawg

    Cowards are cowards, all over the world. Angry muslims are the worst because the perpetrate their cowardly hate in the name of religion. They will be so surprised when they wake up in hell.

  • crakpot

    After being pressured into killing bin laden because that wiki leaks freak was about to release that we knew where he was, Obama sent Seals into a trap in Afghanastthank an old helicopter.

    After invading Lybia and getting Kadafi killed, he puts our ambassador in an unguarded building on 9/11.

    This is the penance of a traitor.

    • keyesforpres

      Agreed. This is exactly what he wanted.

  • NO MARINES?! I know Obama’s a drug addict, but has he started smoking ROCK COCAINE?! This is just flat out dereliction of duty, if not negligent homicide. The Middle East is filled with violent, insane people, all the way up to their governments, all the way down to their subjects. Allowing any US government interest to be unguarded, for any reason, is absolute and downright felony stupid, as a GOP Congressman, once said.

    • KenInMontana

      They’re called Marine Corps Embassy Security Group (MCESG), formerly known as Marine Corps Embassy Security Battalion. But then again I can understand equating a Marine Corps Battalion (700) to an Army Regiment (1500), that’s a fair comparison. 😉

      • LMAO. Whenever I see any U.S. Marine, I give him/her a hearty handshake and a salute, although it’s a civvy lame-o salute (hey, I’m working on it).

      • Actually, I just got the element name mixed up with another.

        • KenInMontana

          That okay, I’m just giving you a little flak.

  • Sir it is a common perception that our Embassys are guarded by Marines but this is just not so…for thirty years now its been the Para Military contractors working for DOD that guard the embassys with a occasional Marine contingent at a few embassys here and there. XE ( Blackwater ) or Tripple canopy hire ex Special forces to do the job, how do i know? I am one of them and have guarded these embassys all over the world. We follow orders to the letter because we are not offered imunity should something go wrong and i dont know about you folks but a Muslim prison is not a good place for a American!

    • Galatiansch2vs20

      There should have been a Marine contingent in these Muslim run countries on 9/11 where our embassies were attacked, sir. Thank you for what you do for America.

  • sjmom

    Sending in Marines now is like buying fire insurance after the house burns to the ground. They should have been there even if an “interim” facility. There is no foresight in this administration.

    • keyesforpres

      Oh I think this is exactly what obama wanted to happen.

      • sjmom

        I agree. Read my post on what John Bolton said on Greta tonight and see if you agree with me.

    • They cannot be deployed to a location they have not been ordered to deploy to. It seems to me that orders from the top were either withheld or never given in the first place. When they were given, it was obviously too late. I am not well-versed in military protocol, but the chain of command is certainly involved here.

      • sjmom

        Precisely my point; no orders were ever given in the first place. I know even the generals have to follow WH orders so it all goes back to Obama, who IMO has willfully put all of us both at home and abroad in danger to achieve his goal. For that, I recommend Obama 2016 and the more I see and hear the more convinced I am Dinesh is correct.

  • Mike Lee

    Quite remarkable to witness the media almost unanimously attacking Romney for stating an obvious truth – while not asking a single question of Obama and his administration. It’s sickening. They are too afraid to ask even the most basic questions: why wasn’t security beefed up for 9/11? Why was Stevens at this facility without even normal marine protection? How did the attackers have such accurate information (inside job)? And if you want to talk about sensitivity – how insensitive is it that the whitehouse would now host a MB ahole???

  • sandyfromchesterfield

    According to their website, “The role of the Fleet Antiterrorism Security Teams is to detect, deter and defend against threats, with a focus on antiterrorism. A common task of the FAST Team Companies is the reinforcement of security at US Embassies around the world.”
    So does this mean it was a terrorist act in Libya? I guess obama is trying to figure out how to rename it.

    • It’s an overseas contingency operation. *rolls eyes*

  • Spysea

    Obamas freedom fighters doing their job I see

  • Yazz55

    da religion o piece strikes again

  • PapaLouie

    “Why isn’t the press asking Obama about this?”

    I know that’s a rhetorical question. But think how different the press would be reacting to this if a Republican was President and decided to continue on to Vegas for a fund-raiser right after hearing about the deaths in Libya. We would never hear the end of it.

    During the entire Bush years, the media couldn’t get enough about stories concerning the homeless, the poor and the unemployed. Where have those stories been for the last 4 years? Homelessness, poverty, food stamp usage, and unemployment are all higher than at any other time in my lifetime. Yet there are no stories asking why the President is so unconcerned about the poor. Now when Romney becomes President, watch how soon these sob stories return to prime time. It will be non-stop propaganda about how Republicans hate the poor and the homeless and want black people to die.

  • It would come as no surprise to me to find out that Ambassador Stevens and the other three Americans killed were killed by the very weapons Obama and Clinton gave these radicals to overthrow Qahafi without Congressional approval. Talk about blood on their hands! This man and his entire group of cronies must be run out of office. If not, we could actually see another American Revolution in the not so far off future. I am 65 years old and this is without a doubt the scariest time in American history that I have personally witnessed.

    • Kind of like the Libyan version of “Fast and Furious”, eh?

  • kong1967

    Geez, this is appalling. Makes me wonder if Obama didn’t want it protected because it was almost anniversary for 9/11. It should have been easy to foresee that leaving it ungaurded in LIBYA was inviting violence. Is Obama really that stupid or does he just not care?

  • MiketheMarine

    That horse has left the barn. Why close the gate now?

  • Here’s a story of one of the guys killed…he was NOT a marine, but a contractor. Obama outsourced the protection of our embassy on the anniversary of 9/11 to contractors.


  • bobemakk

    Cut off aid to this country, and China, Iran, Libya, N. Korea, and all the countries that hate US. Our stupid administration bows to these people and look at what they do. Ambassador Stevens RIP.