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Embassy Closings Reflect Benghazi Failure
Posted By Helle Dale On August 5, 2013 @ 1:55 pm In Security | Comments Disabled
The closing of 21 U.S. embassies throughout the Middle East grows out of the September 11, 2012, Benghazi attack in at least two ways:
The dramatic embassy closings are a far cry from the Administration’s misguided assurances of al-Qaeda’s demise, a line that was persistently peddled by the President in the run-up to November’s presidential election. As recently as this May, he argued  before an audience at National Defense University that the war on terrorism, “like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.”
In addition, Secretary of State John Kerry is promising  to end America’s successful drone strike program “very, very soon.” Yet, in the State Department travel alert , Kerry’s own department states that there is “continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.” In other words, al-Qaeda is alive and well.
For over a decade, the United States has been working actively to combat the threat of international terrorism . Whether from Afghanistan and Pakistan, the North Caucasus, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, or elsewhere, terrorism from abroad has struck at the U.S. in the past and will continue to do so in future. It is therefore important that the United States address the dangerous reality of international terrorism.
In the run-up to the Benghazi attack, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her staff irresponsibly ignored numerous warnings  of deteriorating security in Benghazi. No one has ever been held to account for that abysmal failure. At least Thursday’s embassy closings show a heightened awareness of the persistent terrorist threat, but they also add up to at least the impression of a massive U.S. retreat from the Middle East region.
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 Image: http://blog.heritage.org/wp-content/uploads/Yemen.jpg
 strategy: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/04/counterterrorism-heritage-foundation-recommendations
 has learned: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/lindsey-graham-benghazi-embassies/2013/08/04/id/518587
 State Department announced: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/02/us-usa-embassies-idUSBRE9710V320130802
 he argued: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/05/23/remarks-president-national-defense-university
 Secretary of State John Kerry is promising: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/01/us-usa-pakistan-kerry-idUSBRE97015B20130801
 to combat the threat of international terrorism: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/07/60-terrorist-plots-since-911-continued-lessons-in-domestic-counterterrorism
 ignored numerous warnings: http://blog.heritage.org/2012/10/08/an-incriminating-timeline-the-obama-administration-and-libya/
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