With each passing day the Obama cover story about the attack which killed four Americans in Libya (a spontaneous attack caused by an Anti-Muslim You Tube video) is proven to be bogus. Instead we are learning the people based in Libya were worried about a future attack and their requests for additional security were rejected.
Lt. Col. Andy Wood, the former head of the Special Forces “Site Security Team” protecting US personnel in Libya told CBS’s Sharyl Attkisson that the Obama administration kept reducing security personnel even as they were asking for security to be increased (the State Department removed as many as 34 people from the country in the six months before a terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.)
Speaking to CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, Wood said when he found out that his own 16-member team and a six-member State Department elite force were being pulled from Tripoli in August – about a month before the assault in Benghazi – he felt, “like we were being asked to play the piano with two fingers. There was concern amongst the entire embassy staff.”
He said other staffers approached him with their concerns when the reduction in security personnel was announced.
“They asked if we were safe,” he told Attkisson. “They asked… what was going to happen, and I could only answer that what we were being told is that they’re working on it – they’ll get us more (security personnel), but I never saw that.”
Wood insists that senior staff in Libya, including Ambassador Stevens, State Department Regional Security Officer Eric Nordstrom, and himself, all wanted and had requested enhanced security.
“We felt we needed more, not less,” he tells Attkisson.
Asked what response their repeated pleas got from the State Department in Washington, Wood says they were simply told “to do with less. For what reasons, I don’t know.”
“We tried to illustrate… to show them how dangerous and how volatile and just unpredictable that whole environment was over there. So to decrease security in the face of that really is… it’s just unbelievable,” Wood tells CBS News.
One State Department source tells CBS News the security teams weren’t “pulled,” that their mission was simply over.
Nothing like using semantics to avoid the question. Is there a difference? These people requested additional security and received nothing. And the result were four people serving their country dead via a terrorist attack.
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