It was a CIA mission more than just a diplomatic one. You know this."
So what? It was still stupid to put anyone in that position and it was avoidable..
"I still haven't seen the militias in Libya being concerned with global jihad, they're solely interested in controlling and shaping their own country in an Islamic image suitable to their beliefs. That doesn't mean individuals in these groups aren't aligned with AQ, but that wasn't a pressing issue in 2012."
But if you put Americans in the midst of such extremists, you know that they are a target. Whehter or not they had global aspirations is irrelevant because we put these people right on their doorstep.
"Whether the US should have been involved is arguable and now stands objectively indefensible because of what actually happened."
Of course. But it was entirely predictable too.
"But no one knew then, or could have predicted precisely what would have happened without our input regardless."
Kadaffi was 76 years old. We know he was going to die soon enough without our destablizing the country.
"You're cocksure of the answers but history often shows us we're prone to asking the wrong questions because little is knowable or predictable in situations like these. It's not the first time we've been wrong and it won't be the last."
I'm certainly not going to fault myself speaking my mind and then being proven correct by subsequent events. At least I have a reason to be "cocksure" unlike all of you who were 100% wrong and still want to defend the actions that were taken even after they've been proven wrong.
"The US Benghazi staff were doing things that remain classified and the GOP knows this because all of this was disclosed to committee members in closed-door testimony. Benghazi never was and still isn't the only US field office in an unstable, incendiary environment. The people there knew this and that is what they signed-on to. No one in their right mind should have expected complete security in the middle of a war-torn country trying to build itself back up without a standing military or a dependable law enforcement apparatus, teeming with heavily armed militias chock full of weaponry, but this is what people and countries do as they try to make a bad situation better. It doesn't work all the time, but I damn sure won't criticize anyone for trying just because what was done failed."
They were heavily armed because we armed them. I don't know exactly what the CIA was up to but its reasonable to assume that the operation would not have been "necessary" if not for the bad decisions we made in Libya every step of the way.