February 11, 2013

Book: Benghazi Was Part of Larger War Against AQIM

I haven't yet read the new book by Jack Murphy and Brandon Webb, Benghazi: The Definitive Report, but I plan to. I'm reading reviews of the book by the New York Post and The Daily Mail both of which suggest that Ambassador Chris Stevens wasn't in the loop about a low level JSOC war against Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's (AQIM's) Libyan affiliate. The gist being that his murder was in retaliation for the assassination of several AQIM leaders:

The central premise of 'Benghazi: The Definitive Report' is that the attacks were precipitated by secret raids JSOC had performed in Libya. An attack on the Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia days before September 11 may have been the final straw.

Heavily-armed militants with Ansar al-Sharia attacked the consulate on September 11 as retaliation, the book claims. Ambassador Chris Stevens and Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith died of smoke inhalation when insurgents set fire to the consulate.

After the raid, the militants launched a second attack against a CIA annex across town. It was there that CIA security contractors Ty Woods and Glen Doherty - both former U.S. Navy SEALs - were killed when their position took a direct hit from an enemy mortar....

Webb and Murphy claim that the 'inside' story of the attack - as told by their connections in the CIA and special operations units of the military - show that Brennan never warned the CIA or Stevens about ongoing U.S. military operations in the country.

Had the State Department and the intelligence community known about what was happening, they would have stepped up security in Benghazi and could have prevented the tragedy.

Has anyone read the book? If so, are the reviews cited above an accurate portrayal of the book's central thesis? Also, how believable is the evidence they author's present?

Thanks to Laura

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:54 PM | Comments |