November 2, 2012
Benghazi: Cui Bono?
In attempting to understand the attackers in Benghazi, one might, as the Romans taught us to do in such situations, seek to answer a simple question: Cui Bono---"as a benefit to whom?" They attacked a "...half-baked operation...not a consulate....a 'facility' with an ambiguous purpose....", and that "ambiguous purpose' seems to have been an operation that could be dubbed "Fast and Furious in The Maghreb." Overtly, the "consulate" and associated Annex were gathering up the widely-distributed elements of the arsenal looted during the "...war in a place where we had no major interests, against a regime that posed no danger to us, and with a policy that neither defined our objectives nor gave any thought to what would happen if we 'succeeded.'" Covertly, 'F&FITM" seems to have been transferring at least some of these arms to "...Syrian Islamist forces aligned with al-Qaeda, (using a) Turkish (connection)...." If that, in fact, was the case, then how could an attack on it, causing its...(Read Full Post)