There were 13 violent attacks and ominous incidents near the US consulate in Benghazi in the months before terrorists murdered the US ambassador to Libya on Sept. 11.
Militants even videotaped Ambassador Chris Stevens on his morning runs outside the wall — and threatened to kill him.
But if that wasn’t enough to clue in the State Department that trouble was at hand, the US mission in Libya also “made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi,” according to congressional investigators — but was “denied these resources by officials in Washington.”
Sure enough, on the 9/11 anniversary, al Qaeda-linked jihadists killed Stevens — easily — and three other Americans along with him.
Stevens knew what was coming: He wrote in a journal found at the sacked consulate that he worried about “never-ending security threats” and believed he was on an al Qaeda hit list.
Yet The New York Times reported last week that US officials had a “false sense of security” (and stationed no Marines in Libya) partly because Libyan guards at the consulate responded well to a massive bombing in June.