Americans held in Libya, head-meets-desk quote. Update: released?

**Posted by Phineas

There’s breaking news tonight that four Americans, likely military, are in the custody of the Libyan government, having been taken during a visit to the Roman ruins at Sabratha. As of this writing, no information has been released as to any charges, and the State Department has issued no statement. (Probably wise, until we learn more.)

Reading the NYT article, I did a double-take when I read the following:

Since the attack on the United States Mission in Benghazi that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens on Sept. 11, 2012, employees of the American Embassy have operated with extraordinary caution. Rigorous security rules preclude any movements outside the heavily fortified embassy compound without advance planning and an armed guard. The compound is locked at night, and no one is permitted to enter or exit. Counterterrorism has become a central focus of the work there, and the compound brims with well-armed security officers.

Just brilliant. It takes the needless deaths of four US personnel, including an ambassador, at the hands of our sworn enemies for us to finally start providing anything resembling adequate security. Hillary Clinton’s legacy is secure, and I’m sure the souls of Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods are ever so relieved.

Meanwhile, I would suggest to the Libyan government that it remember who put them in power in the first place and that, if any of these men are hurt in any way, we have long memories, and Barack Obama won’t always be president.

UPDATE: Per CNN via KCCI, the four have been released. No confirmation yet, nor any word on their condition or why they were held in the first place.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

3 thoughts on “Americans held in Libya, head-meets-desk quote. Update: released?

  1. Rigorous security rules include locking the door at night. I’m sure the staff feels safer already.

    If counterterrorism is the central focus of the work being done there, I wonder where capturing the guys who murdered our people must fall. Oh, right. That YouTube filmmaker is rotting behind bars somewhere. We’ve already crossed that priority off the list.

  2. …and Barack Obama won’t always be president.

    If he gets his way, he will be…

    And unfortunately, there are enough airheads that either voted for this two-bit tin god or have supported him and his agenda in Congress that the fool might think he can get away with it!

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