Middle East Expert: Terrorists Solely Responsible for Benghazi

Thursday, 05 Sep 2013 06:55 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Terrorists are ultimately to blame for the attack on Benghazi — not the U.S. Government, says Sam Katz, a Middle East expert and co-author with Fred Burton of "Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi."

"The State Department Diplomatic Security Service immediately following this tragedy … found itself targeted for blame for the incident. Who's to blame?,” Katz told former Congressman Allen West, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"The reality is the terrorists are to blame for the attack. They're the perpetrators and the agents [stationed there for the U.S.] were doing their duty bravely with incredible courage."

The attack on Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans died including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, came just months after the CIA assassinated one of al-Qaida’s top leaders who happened to be Libyan.

"Al-Qaida, North Africa swore vengeance, they swore that they would assassinate or take some sort of retribution against the United States," Katz said.

"A few days later, the British ambassador to Libya – but he was in Benghazi – was targeted for assassination. Miraculously, he survived."

Katz added: "The higher purpose of diplomacy, the higher purpose of America's strategic interests sometimes trump security requirements and common sense.

"Libya was basically chaotic ... The entire northern part of Africa was embroiled in an Arab Spring that had veered way out of control."

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