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October 10, 2012

Livestream: Lt. Col. Andrew Wood Exposes Weak Security At Benghazi

Just starting his remarks now. It's also on CSPAN.

Nordstrom's Remarks. Wood just spoke, now Nordstrom is.

John E. tips this as a WTF?

Nordstrom was worried -he did not know how much the Americans could rely on members of a local Libyan militia in Benghazi that provided security — the “17th of February Martyrs Brigade.” Mostly merchants and shopkeepers before the war, they seemed eager, but they hadn’t much experience and other than a daily $30 stipend for food from the U.S. Embassy, they hadn’t been paid in months.

Hadn't been paid in months.

Right now, he's making the point that the Libyan state was very weak post-revolution, and could not protect embassies as other states could. He lists a series of violent actors -- Kadaffi loyalists, "roaming militias," etc. -- presenting a danger.

However, his thrust, if I understand it, seems to be one defending the Administration.

Not only were the Libyan guards not American (and not being paid), they were also unarmed.

Nordstrom is "proud" of how he and his guards performed.

Proud? In what scenario would you be less than proud?

Disinformation Campaign: Ben Howe's video for Heritage, again:

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