Benghazi attack suspect: Mastermind or crackpot?

The alleged mastermind of the Benghazi attack, Ahmed Abu Khattala, has been known to US authorities and the public as early as a few days after the operation. He was very generous of his time with western reporters. He didn't go into hiding. He made no secret of his hatred for America. It's unclear just what role he played in the attack. Eyewitnesses place him at the scene "directing the swarming attackers who ultimately killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans," says the New York Times. The Times also says that Khattala claims he was motivated by a video that mocked the prophet - that is, when he isn't claiming that he had nothing to do with the attack. "Even by the standards of Benghazi jihadists — and even among many of his friends — Mr. Abu Khattala stands out as both erratic and extremist," says the Times story. And, as the Times points out, the attack was well underway before Khattala even became...(Read Full Post)