Many Americans died as a result of US foreign policy 405,000 in World War II down to so far 6,700 in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. When World War II ended the US could say Mission Accomplished. Since then the only time, if you subtract the blow-back, that the US came close mission accomplished was in Libya where amazingly only four Americans died.

Ambassador Chris Stevens insisted on light security after Gaddafi was overthrown, and systematically refused to take less risk then those who served under him. He, at times, went through the streets in downtown Tripoli without any security escort at all,


On September 11, 2012 there is nothing the US could have done differently that would have mean that in the end less then four Americans would have died as the result of US policy there. No matter what was done differently, there was no hands on policies that could have put Americans in less danger sooner or later. Chris knew and it seems that both Glen Doherty and Tyrone Wood knew and somehow all three of them have friends and relatives who know that a heavy-handed US policy or response just makes enemies.

Let’s turn the new Benghazi hearings into a celebration of the good news that things didn’t end up far worse, the way they almost did, and often does.

Fortunately, incredibly all but one of the relatives of the Americans who died in Benghazi want the world to celebrate their lives and their accomplishments, not morn or seek revenge. Sein Smith’s mother Pat Smith isn’t part of the celebration and feels the government let her son down. Her views are never filtered in with articles about other relatives, for a more complete picture,

Libyans rose up in anger after Chris was assassinated and chased the Islamic militants out of Benghazi. This wouldn’t have happened if the US reacted to Chris’s death with shock and awe Republican style. The militias slowly began coming back to Benghazi threw brutal assassinations and threats, but on May 10, 2014 ordinary people in Benghazi were again making a concerted effort to break into the militias’s bases and again chase them out of Benghazi,

After that things got confusing as Gen. Khalifa Hifter with the backing of many in Libya declared war on the militant Muslim militias and threatened to disarm or defeat them, there is talk of much strife and possible civil war. So far no matter what happens in Libya few are mad at the US and nothing is about to happen that might lead to a conclusion that Ambassador Steven’s policy was a mistake.

Few in America ever resented French help during the Revolutionary War or in the years immediately following it. Many in Cambodia are still grateful to Vietnam for overthrowing the Pol Pot Khmer Rouge brutal dictatorship. I am reluctant to suggest that the US should offer any help to Gen. Khalifa Hifter or should help the faction that claims to represent the central government restrain him. The possibility of the US again getting bogged down in quicksand is quite high.

One argument in Congress is why was the Benghazi attack linked to the anger over the anti-Islamic hate-porn film that had led to riots in many Muslim countries. Whatever the reason, a result was anger among moderate Muslims to the belief that the wrong American was being punished for that hateful movie, it was also believed that the reason that an Afghan school girl Malala Yousafzai was gunned down on a school bus and almost killed instead of just whipped was also a reaction to that hateful movie. This cooled down a lot of anger and the riots as well. Something well worth celebrating, rather then condemning, as a misunderstanding of why he was killed.

That hate-porn “The Innocence of Muslims” was a carefully crafted attempt to create mayhem – a dream to bait a war between civilizations. Mark Basseley Youssef, who claimed to be the director of the film besides a bank fraud arrest, was arrested for transporting large qualities of meth making ingredient ready to cook. So, if caught, it would be considered a minor crime rather then a major one had the delivered meth already been cooked or crystallized. The premiere showing of the hate anti-Muslim porn-flick in Los Angeles was advertised in the US Muslim press as a movie of praise, hoping to create a scene at the theater, then an attack on Jewish philanthropists who were falsely claimed as to be donors. Fortunately the Coptic Christian community in California had time to denounce the film before Coptic Christians back in Egypt were attacked because of it.

Had any Americans been killed who unlike the four who died in Benghazi had relatives who were willing to lash out at the entire Muslim world and join the Romney began hysteria against the Muslim World the war between civilizations that bin Laden craved and the hate film wanted could linger for years like the tension between Muslims and Buddhists in Burma exasperated by the film is still continuing today.

There are questionable tidbits so-far left out of this praise of Chris Steven’s Libyan policy such as whether it was legal . . .

Continued @ a site where comments don’t close, I expect the Benghazi hearings to be contentious after comments close hear at FireDogLake, so I am encouraging the reader to go to another site for later comments,



I would like to enclose a quote from Ambassador Stevens’ sister which shows how much against what Chis would have wanted is in what the Republicans say should have been done. The following is what Anne, Chris’s sister said:

Dozing off in a daze, my phone rang. “The Secretary would like to speak with you,” said an unidentified voice. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came on the line. She explained what happened, and I remember she said that justice would be done. This upset me. Chris was not focused on revenge. He wanted the Libyan people to have a free and democratic society. “I hope this will not prevent us from continuing to support the Libyan people, from moving ahead,” I said to her

Again what some people think are some of the dark secrets of Benghazi are in this link,



I'm retired in Philadelphia. Non religious but there seems to be a life force that I see as more personal than is usually expressed.

I was raised a Quaker (common with Christian Jewish intermarriage back them) But my father was a total pacifist and during World War II, at the time that being so was difficult.

Upbringing included father trying not to get physical, yet still defend us kids from my harsh stepmother until she got her citizenship papers, after which they could get divorced. Been involved in peace issues since the anti-fallout shelter protests through Vietnam and Iraq.

I wrote "Greedy Little Squirrels and Lifeboat ethics,” 1977, when the Moonies were coming to America and got heavily harassed by them. I also think bin Laden is extremely dangerous like the leader of a barroom brawl, who has been manipulating this country into using the US to get Muslims angry enough to join his suicidal permanent war group. Before 9/11 young Muslims rebelled by wearing by covering their hair a little less than expected and at least winking at each other, now he changed rebellion into being militancy. The Northern Alliance would have been legitimately in charge long ago had he not baited the US into entering Afghanistan.

Obama is making a mistake in my mind with how to stop bin Laden’s dream of permanent war in a divided world but less of a mistake than most anyone else would. If due to currency collapses from out ever more expensive weapons the US stops fighting al Qaeda, then other counties will. If it ends up being Iran, the Sunni Shiite divide will be enormous. Al Qaeda is already convinced that the atheist China is a serious enemy, and the Russians have fought for brutally and inadvertently convinced far more Muslims than the US did that they considered Islam itself to be the enemy.

I never stopped supporting Jimmy Carter when everyone turned on him and I support Obama as well, but think he will have to use a lot more persuasion and less force if they aren’t going to succeed at bankrupting us. However Obama has tried less force and al Qaeda has started to respond in kind trying to limit the victim’s in the way of their primary attacks.
Back up reference to above link,

Richard Kane (Philadelphia)
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