“You Are Gonna Get Attacked. You Are Gonna Get Attacked in Benghazi.”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


How much of an unexpected surprise was the Benghazi attack? According to the men who were there, it wasn’t a surprise at all.

Green Beret Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Andy Wood, was one of the top American security officials in Libya. Based in Tripoli, he met with Amb. Stevens every day.

The last time he went to Benghazi was in June, just three months before the attack. While he was there, al Qaeda tried to assassinate the British ambassador. Wood says, to him, it came as no surprise because al Qaeda — using a familiar tactic — had stated their intent in an online posting, saying they would attack the Red Cross, the British and then the Americans in Benghazi.

Andy Wood: As they did each one of those.

Lara Logan: –attacked the Red Cross and the British mission. And the only ones left–

Andy Wood: Were us. They made good on two out of the three promises. It was a matter of time till they captured the third one.

Lara Logan: And Washington was aware of that?

Andy Wood: They knew we monitored it. We included that in our reports to both State Department and DOD.

Andy Wood told us he raised his concerns directly with Amb. Stevens three months before the U.S. compound was overrun.

Andy Wood: I made it known in a country team meeting, “You are gonna get attacked. You are gonna get attacked in Benghazi. It’s gonna happen.”

Andy Wood: –”Shut down operations. Move out temporarily. Ch– or change locations within the city. Do something to break up the profile because you are being targeted. They are– they are– they are watching you. The attack cycle is such that they’re in the final planning stages.”

Lara Logan: Wait a minute, you said, “They’re in the final planning stages of an attack on the American mission in Benghazi”?

Andy Wood: It was apparent to me that that was the case. Reading, reading all these other, ah, attacks that were occurring, I could see what they were staging up to, it was, it was obvious.

So the attack was the least surprising thing of all. As we’ve already known, top security officials knew it was coming. They relayed the warning up the chain of command.

And then… nothing.

About 30 minutes into the attack, a quick reaction force from the CIA Annex ignored orders to wait and raced to the compound, at times running and shooting their way through the streets just to get there. Inside the compound, they repelled a force of as many as 60 armed terrorists and managed to save five American lives and recover the body of Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith. They were forced to fight their way out before they could find the ambassador.

But what difference does it make?

  • Elizabeth capecod

    Their blood is on hillary’s hands. She’s a repulsive human being, both inside and out!!

    I hope Republicans will be able to replay these sound bites repeatedly leading up to the 2016 election proving that hillary never took that 3am call.

    • v

      They probably won’t. They are cowards. They don’t know how to fight for the cause in which they believe. They will be too sensitive, not only about being racists (Obama) but also mysogynists (Hillary). Nothing will happen and in all likelyhood they will attack anyone else who is bringing up those issues. In Bengazi it was a criminal act and an absolute deriliction of duty by the Commander in Chief and his absolute disaster of Secretary of State. But then, people forget and we now have a nation of morons who are uninformed voters who care less about the country.

  • Loupdegarre

    That image of Hillary pounding the table with her fist like a spoiled child who won’t eat her carrots, screaming hysterically “What difference does it make?” will put an end to her aspirations.

  • redwood05090

    nothing in this CBS low information story is new, or original. walid Shoebat exposed many links to the Mursi crowd, trying to free the Blind Shikh, marinating upstate N y in prison for the 1993 WTC bombing, it was supposed to be an exchange-valued U.S hi profile type (like CIA-Buckley, Beirut), for the fat bombing instigators, the rest is trivia, because we all know that this was the first thing Mursi declared when he took office, and that the Obama-Clinton-Paneta troika, abandoned U.S fighters to die is a known fact- dereliction of duty. During WW2 people were shot for this crime!

  • WorldWatchman

    Clinton knew. Obama knew. Stevens knew but they told him to proceed with correcting the arms situation Washington had created. This event is what drove Clinton out. Her dumbed leftist supporters want her to run for President. When will they ever wake up?! And, they reelected an enemy of the U.S. and the free world.