Originally posted by whodey
The rumor on the street is that the Bengazi scandal involves illegal gun running across the Turkish border to aid the Syrian led rebels. Rumor has it that the Ambassodor who was killed was the point man and that he was targeted as a result.
I don't really want to get into the evidence for whether this is true or not, because quite frankly I don't think th ...[text shortened]... o, was the government justified knowing that Asad is the monster that he has been shown to be?
I have read such rumors for months. There is no doubt that the Benghazi facility was a CIA operation and not a "consulate" as is commonly stated; it performed no routine consulate functions like issuing passports and visas and 20 of the 30 Americans evacuated from Benghazi the day after the attack were CIA, not State Department, employees. There was also a report that the last person Ambassador Stevens met with was a Turkish "businessman" who was involved in gun running.
I find this highly plausible though I'm not sure if it played any part in the motivations of the attackers on September 11th, 2012. We know that they said at the scene that they were outraged at the anti-Islam video and we also know that they belonged to a local extremist group not tied to any global jihadist groups in any meaningful way. Unfortunately this information has been ignored by the scandal mongers and by the Administration (saying the truth seemed politically inexpedient once the accepted version became "AQ attacked us again!"
EDIT: That the CIA role was paramount in Benghazi: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/24/world/africa/attack-in-libya-was-major-blow-to-cia-efforts.html?pagewanted=1
EDIT2: To Libyans who witnessed the assault and know the attackers, there is little doubt what occurred: a well-known group of local Islamist militants struck the United States Mission without any warning or protest, and they did it in retaliation for the video. That is what the fighters said at the time, speaking emotionally of their anger at the video without mentioning Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden or the terrorist strikes of 11 years earlier. And it is an explanation that tracks with their history as members of a local militant group determined to protect Libya from Western influence.