CBS News revisited the Benghazi terrorist attack last night on 60 Minutes.
Hat tip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air for reminding me about the piece.
From the 60 Minutes website story.
Contrary to the White House’s public statements, which were still being made a full week later, it’s now well established that the Americans were attacked by al Qaeda in a well-planned assault.
Five months before that night, Morgan Jones [pseudonym] first arrived in Benghazi, in eastern Libya about 400 miles from the capital, Tripoli.
He thought this would be an easy assignment compared to Afghanistan and Iraq. But on his first drive through Benghazi, he noticed the black flags of al Qaeda flying openly in the streets and he grew concerned about the guard forces as soon as he pulled up to the U.S. compound.
Green Beret Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Andy Wood describes how al Qaeda made plans for attacks well-known to everyone. He speaks of their attack cycle.
The last time he [Wood] went to Benghazi was in June, just three months before the attack. While he was there, al Qaeda tried to assassinate the British ambassador. Wood says, to him, it came as no surprise because al Qaeda — using a familiar tactic — had stated their intent in an online posting, saying they would attack the Red Cross, the British and then the Americans in Benghazi.
Wood was there and watched as al Qaeda attacked the Red Cross and the British. He knew the attack on the Americans was next. He told the Obama administration it was next on their list.
Andy Wood: … They made good on two out of the three promises. It was a matter of time till they captured the third one.
Lara Logan: And Washington was aware of that?
Andy Wood: They knew we monitored it. We included that in our reports to both State Department and DOD.
Andy Wood told us he raised his concerns directly with Amb. Stevens three months before the U.S. compound was overrun.
Andy Wood: I made it known in a country team meeting, “You are gonna get attacked. You are gonna get attacked in Benghazi. It’s gonna happen. You need to change your security profile.”
Do go read the full post.
Of course after you read this, you have to ask how the heck did the administration think they could sell this as a random, unplanned attack associated with the release of a video nobody saw. Heads. In. Sand.