The information on Benghazigate continues leaking out, even as Obama and Co. stall with more talk of an investigation that consisted of the FBI spending 3 hours in the consulate taking photos of the bloodstains.
The latest information, and this appears to come from military sources, not anonymous posts on bulletin boards, says that there was growing awareness that an attack was coming. 3 hours before the attack, they knew that Ansar Al-Sharia was picking up weapons and mobilizing for an attack. With Benghazi in its current state, such a move meant that the militia was going to crack a heavy target, and there weren’t many other heavy targets in Benghazi. Meanwhile the Libyan police, who were supposed to protect the mission, were actually taking photos of its interior.
3 hours isn’t infinity, but it shows us that this was not an attack that came out of the blue. It certainly was not some confusing situation that took days to clear up. The intelligence picture had already been fairly well developed and the people who needed to know knew that Ansar Al-Sharia was the big threat and that its members were the perpetrators. They knew it before the attack and they knew it after the attack.