Ambassador Stevens Likened the Security Collapse in Libya to "The Guns of August"
October 21, 2012 • 11:12PM

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, who was killed, along with 3 other Americans, in the British-Saudi-orchestrated 9-11 Two terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, had written a two-page cable on August 8, 2012 entitled "The Guns of August: Security in Eastern Libya," citing a wave of terrorist attacks that had occurred in Libya, and emphazing that "a security vacuum" existed in the country. This and other Stevens cables were among the 166 pages of internal State Department documents released Oct. 19 as attachments to the letter that House Oversight and Government Reform Committe Chairman Darrell Issa and National Security Subcommittee Chairman Jason Chaffetz sent to President Obama.

On the day of the Sept. 11 attack, Stevens had signed a three-page cable, labeled "sensitive," in which he noted "growing problems with security" and "growing frustration "on the part of local residents with Libyan police and security forces." Stevens characterized these forces as "too weak to keep the country secure."

In the two-page August 8 cable, also labeled "sensitive," and titled "The Guns of August," Ambassador Stevens noted that in just a few months' time, "Benghazi has moved from trepidation to euphoria and back as a series of incidents has dominated the political landscape.... The individual incidents have been organized," he added, as a result of "the security vacuum that a diverse group of independent actors are exploiting for their own purposes."

He continued, "Islamist extremists are able to attack the Red Cross with impunity. What we have seen are not random crimes of opportunity, but rather targeted and discriminate attacks" (emphasis added).