Wednesday, October 31, 2012

An Analysis On The Benghazi Attack From Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz

Photo: Paul Wolfowitz

Distrust But Verify -- Paul Wolfowitz, AEI Ideas

It is hard to understand why Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, in discussing the US response to the attacks on two US facilities in Benghazi, Libya, offered this novel principle as a guide for US action – or inaction – during that crisis: “A basic principle is you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on.”

Of course, no such “basic principle” governs the conduct of US military personnel in Afghanistan and elsewhere, who regularly go “into harm’s way” without “knowing what’s going on,” particularly when they know that American lives are in danger.

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My comment: His analysis on the lack of military resources available when the attacked occurred is probably right. Africom has always been on the bottom of the priority list for the military .... a mistake that Benghazi has shown to be both deadly and costly.

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