Hillary’s book apparently misstates whether there were Marines in Tripoli

Hillary’s book apparently misstates whether there were Marines in Tripoli

[Ed. – Sure.  If I had written something this “unclearly” while in the Navy, I would have been fired.]

Noting how many members of the public and Congress were surprised upon discovering “there were no U.S. Marines assigned to our Benghazi compound,” Clinton notes that Marines are assigned to only slightly more than 50% of the diplomatic posts throughout the globe, focused primarily on protecting, and if need be destroying classified items.

“So while there were Marines stationed at our embassy in Tripoli, where nearly all of our diplomats worked and which had the capability to process classified material, because there was no classified processing at the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, there were no Marines posted there,” Clinton writes. …

But, as Gen. Carter Ham, the former commander of Africa Command, testified before Congress on June 26, 2013, “there was no Marine security detachment in Tripoli.”

It wasn’t until after the attack that Marines were sent to the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, a contentious issue before and after the attacks, since so many diplomatic officials and security forces before the attack had been pleading to the State Department for greater military protection in Libya. …

Aides to Clinton argue that the secretary is not getting any facts wrong in this passage. The point she was try to make is that even members of Congress were surprised that only 50% of U.S. diplomatic facilities had a Marine detachment, said one aide, and that the temporary facility in Benghazi was not among them, that the Embassy in Tripoli only had a Marine guard unit after the attacks. They agree that the passage could have been written more clearly.

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