Fascination with General David Petraeus’s “personal story“, writes Paul Wolfowitz, “must not divert attention from the very significant policy failures that helped produce a chaotic security situation in Libya. Petraeus was not principally responsible for those mistakes, nor for similar mistakes that continue in Syria, nor for the misleading suggestion that killing Bin Laden had dealt a fatal blow to Al Qaeda.”
Far more familiar with the situation than yours truly, he offers seven questions, each offering a detailed understanding of the situation. His analysis is well worth your time.
Based upon my reading of various news reports — and blog commentary — let me list several questions of my own, questions which the administration has yet to answer:
- Why wasn’t security beefed up at the Benghazi compound despite repeated requests?
- Why was there even an U.S presence in the city despite warnings of militia activity?
- What was Ambassador Stevens doing in Benghazi on 09/11?
- What did the president know on the day of the attack?
- What did he tell the military to do on that day? Did he issue any specific orders?
- Based upon what specific intelligence did Ambassador Rice and other administration officials decide to attribute the attacks to riots over an obscure Internet video?
- Why is the White House so unwilling to address questions about the attack?
UPDATE: Senator McCain has a few questions of his own.