I keep hearing of this alleged lie ; supposedly told by the President; concerning this trifling nonsense about Libya which the republicans keep harping about as if The President has no latitude concerning what intelligence information he releases.
Four Americans were killed and the republicans are jumping mad about it. When thousands of Americans were being killed in Iraq after our groundless invasion of that country; you weren’t complaining. Why?
Because you know and I know that in a volunteer military; every man knows that he is undertaking an assignment that could end in his death. He is a volunteer. A soldier; not a mailman. Soldiers die. It’s what they are recruited for.
The same is true of the diplomatic service. These people go to all manner of nations; from violent nations in the throes of revolution; to nations that are our allies in the world situation. They know or should that when they take on such assignments; there is a chance they will be killed. Many of our diplomats; Chris Stevens among them refused heavy security. He felt it would distance him from the Libyan people he was attempting to help and work with. He was right. It would have distanced him and he knew what you folks seem to forget. He knew he had a dangerous job. He volunteered for it. He accepted the risk as did all of those with him. In addition to that, Chris Stevens was known for his resistance to any but the most necessary and inconspicuous security personnel; claiming that it undermined his relationships with the locals he dealt with in the course of his duties.
Embassies are typically equipped with a Marine corp detail. Their job is to protect the embassy staff; not to provide personal protection for the ambassador. Private security is used for that purpose generally to lessen the visible military presence.
When we launch a military action; we send “X” number of troops. They may be sufficient for the task but they may not. We use the best judgement as to the required personnel. When we are wrong; as we have often been; soldiers die. They don’t bitch; they don’t whine. They just die in the attempt; sometimes more than a few. Chris Stevens did his job. He did it well and he did it on his own terms for the most part. He is to be mourned. He is to be honored for his work and dedication. In the end though; he knew the job was dangerous when he took it.
Barrack the vote