Gaddafi and Mubarak may have been unreconstructed dictators, but by and large they did Washington's bidding. And US diplomats were usually safe.
"How could this happen in a country we helped liberate in a city we helped save from destruction?" Clinton said. "This question reflects just how complicated, and at times how confounding the world can be."
If Muammar Gaddafi were still alive he might give a bitter laugh to hear the news that the US ambassador to Libya had been killed in Benghazi. Hosni Mubarak, in his prison hospital, would growl a wry "I told you so" after the attack on the fortress-like American embassy in Cairo.
Two onslaughts in two of the cities that witnessed the historic drama of the Arab spring last year do not an Islamist winter make. But both underline the glowering and dangerous presence of the sort of radical Muslim fundamentalists whom the old regimes kept at bay or in prison and who are now free to pursue their agendas. Gaddafi and Mubarak may have been unreconstructed dictators, but by and large they did Washington's bidding. And US diplomats were usually safe.
But Obama changed all that in the name of Muslim democracy or Osamacracy.
It was well known that the situation in Benghazi was violent and bad. If Hillary Clinton really didn't know it, then there needs to be some major firings in the State Department.
Even people online acquainted with Sean Smith, one of the staffers murdered by Muslim thugs, knew about it and described an atmosphere of constant gunfire.
On Tuesday, Sean Smith, a Foreign Service Information Management Officer assigned to the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, typed a message to the director of his online gaming guild: ”Assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures.” The consulate was under siege, and within hours, a mob would attack, killing Smith along with three others, including the U.S. ambassador.
The violent state of affairs in Benghazi was well known. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Muslim Brotherhood girlfriend Huma Abedin chose to ignore it. That is their responsibility and they should pay a political price for that.